The clubs most challenging triathlon of the year has come and gone and 28 club members and 3 relay teams have lived to tell the tale! Kilkee’s “Hell of the West” has yet again lived up to its reputation as one of Ireland’s toughest triathlons. Not only was there a serious field of top athletes competing from around Ireland last Saturday, so too was there a serious filed of athletes from Nenagh Triathlon Club.
The day looked like rain was sure to fall and the wind was blowing strong. With Shane Scully recovering from a hernia operation, the first club person home was not a foregone conclusion! He said he wasnt “racing”, but just taking part! We were worse to believe him, a top 5 finish is not what you would consider a bad result for just a hard training session, with an overall time of 2:10:29!
Next over the line for the club was another Scully. Garry wasn’t far behind the older brother with a great time of 2:17:18, getting him into the top 20. With a field that contained Gavin Noble and Kevin Thornton, this was a seriously good achievement.
Everyone agreed that the swim was slightly choppy to say the least, but great swim times were still achieved by everyone. With the wind at our backs, the first half of the cycle could nearly be described as comfortable. But with the second right turn to head back to the bay you realised that the hard work was about to begin! The strong wind was a force to be reckoned with all the way home but Sinnead Oaks, Eoin O’Donoghue and Ger Kirby managed to power on through to give good bike times.
Next up was the 10k run. There was no flat or downhill to loosen up the legs, it was straight up a steep hill, a sign of what was to come. But as the sun began to peak through the clouds you had to take note of the beautiful scenary (oblivious to the sun tan/burn being acquired!). Some great run times were achieved by Andy McgLoucghlin, Eoin Wooley and Paul Walsh.
Not only did everyone compete on Saturday but everyone completed the race with no DNF’s! Out of 28 individuals, 12 people completed the triathlon fully for the first time. This was a great achievement for all and hopefully all will return to challenge their times next year!
There were 3 relay teams from Nenagh this year. Keeper lit consisted of Sinead Devaney, Paul Connolly and Mike Fawley and finished in a time of 2:56:13. Hot on your heels had Maeve Ryan, Fiona Meade and Lizzie Lee and completed the race in a time of 2:20:13. Their team achieved a podium finish as they were third relay team home. Team BHT was Brian McgLoughlin, Hugh Flannery and Tommy Connors. Their final time was 2:59:37. Maybe next year some of these racers will brave the whole event now they have a taste for it!
Sheila Gregan and Sean Gleason have completed two great race reports with their experience of the race, click here to read. Those who completed the event and their times are:
Shane Scully 2:10:29 Garry Scully 2:17:18 Mike Brown 2:24:52 Andy McgLoughlin 2:30:38 Eoin O’Donoghue 2;30:53 Ger Kirby 2:33:18 Cian McCormack 2:34:54 Eoin Wooley 2:35:51 Paul Walsh 2:35:50 Mr X 2:39:31 Sinnead Oaks 2:40:35 Ken Hassett 2:44:05 John Meagher 2:49:55 Dan Hogan 2:51:48 Sean Gleason 2:54:26 Eddie O Meara 2:56:25 Jerry O’Mahony 2:58:54 Geraldine Kyne 3:00:57 Denis O Meara 3:03:31 Noel Daly 3:05:21 Cliodhan McGrath 3:05:59 Magella Moyles 3:07:18 PJ Brett 3:10:20 Ramon Rodriguez 3:23:05 John Ryan 3:35:13 Anthony Sherlock 3:42:36 Mary Donnellan 3:45:39 Sheila Gregan 3:47:17
Post race drinks, food and analysis commenced at 3:30pm and continued until 3:30am, with Cliodhna and Johnny Meagher comparing tan lines! The air-con had to be turned on as they were emmitting serious heat! Thanks to all who travelled and made the club away triathlon another great success. Now back to the grind stone as there are 3 more months of racing to be done!!