We had a record turn-out of 28 people for the first of our club aquathons. It is great to see so many people taking part and finishing what turned out to be a very tough first race. It doesn’t get much harder than that!
Whenever there is a wind blowing from the north you can expect rough swimming conditions in Dromineer and this evening was no exception. The lake temperature was fine but with the big waves it was like swimming in a washing machine. Thankfully everyone made it through eventually. If you can swim in those conditions then you can swim in any conditions. It makes for great practice for the real thing. The run course doesn’t get any easier either as the years go by. Those hills really take it out of your legs, so running low times on this course is extremely hard to do.
So how did the race go?
Well, this evening’s ‘race’ was more a glorified training session. Some people took their time and some people went hard. Only a very rough handicap system was used, so in the final results we just show everyone’s flat time. At the next race we will use your final times to work out the handicap times.
In the men’s race, Darren Dunne was the fastest today finishing in a time off 28:36, Shane Scully was 2nd in a time of 29:31, and Gary Scully was 3rd in a time 30:52. These times are well down on last year but it’s still very early in the season.
In the women’s race, Cliodhna McGrath was first home in a time of 42:20. In 2nd place was Majella Moyles in a time of 48:10 and in 3rd place was Sheila Gregan in a time of 51:21.
If you feel your time is a bit on the slow side, don’t worry cos everyone’s times were slow today. The good news is that your times will improve as the series progresses. The trick is to keep turning up to the races.
Next Race: Next Wednesday, May 29th @ 7:00pm.