The final Dromineer Duathlon for 2014 took place yesterday evening and it proved to be a very tight battle at the top. Darren Dunne was making a welcome return to mid week club racing. The question was…..could he take the scalps of the Scully brothers and become the new king of the club?!!! Once again we saw plenty of new PBs being set. The standard of racing this year in the club has really progressed a lot and should set us up for a good season.
23 club members took part in the event in total. Some did the whole thing while others focused on either the run or the cycle. In terms of weather, it was pretty good so there was a good possibility of some fast times being set. The club record was always going to be in danger if Gary and Shane recovered after Rás Mumhan or if Darren Dunne felt like going ‘all out’ for once! With Gillian Mounsey showing some good form recently too, the women’s record was also in trouble.
Dromineer Duathlon Race 4 >> View Results
Photos (courtesy of Will Rymer) >> Click here
Between 6:30 and 7:00 all 23 entrants were on the road. The top positions in the men’s race kept changing throughout. In the end, it took a new course record of 54:39 from Shane to win the race as he reclaimed the course record that his brother Gary broke just 3 weeks ago with a 54:41. Darren Dunne ran well but couldn’t quite push the bike fast enough to claim the win as he finished just 6 seconds behind. Gary came in 3rd in 55:32 but after racing 8 days in a row it’s no surprise he didn’t match the time he set 3 weeks ago.
In the women’s race, Gillian Mounsey put in a very fast time of 1:06:17. A very strong biking effort helped her on the way to recording what is close to a new women’s record on the course (think Sinnead has a 1:05 from last year). It was still the 2nd fastest time and a big new PB for Gillian. Cliodhna McGrath made a welcome to return to club racing and finished 2nd in a time of 1:15. Not long after was Olivia Cahalan who finished 3rd in a time of 1:17.
Some huge improvements were made by Eoin Buckley who improved his time by 7 mins finishing in 1:03. Matty Kennedy edges closer to breaking the hour mark as he improved again finishing in 1:01:38. John Ryan has also managed to take over 10 mins off his first duathlon time. Well done also to Jenny, Catherine and Paula from our beginner run group who all completed the tough 5km run in well under 30 mins. One of our Nenagh CC juniors – Seán O’Neill, decided to turn up and see what sort of time he could record on the 19km bike route. He managed a time of 37:30 which is very good for a 14 year old who is only new to the bike. We hope to see Seán make his racing debut soon!!
Well done to everyone that took part in this Duathlon Series. Thanks also to those who helped out taking photos, making tea and keeping time. The lake is starting to warm-up now so that means we turn out attention to aquathons and triathlons for the next few months.
Next up: will be a mid-week aquathon in early May, the date is tbc. Try and get your ass to some of our open water training sessions on Sunday evenings to practice.