Numbers increased for the 2nd of our Monday track runs. There were 21 people on the track for this session. It’s great to see so many people taking part but we want more! Now is the perfect time to join us as we are taking it easy at the moment. We will be looking to build fitness and speed very gradually over the next few months. So come and join us next week at 6:15pm in the CBS.
Monday Run: The 2nd week of our Monday track running session takes place today. Some of ye might be tired after the weekend but try and make it up anyway if you can. You can take it easy and use it as a recovery session. Things kick off at 6:15pm in the CBS.
Early Morning Swims: swimming this Tuesday is on at 6:30am once again. Mikey O’Dwyer will be opening the pool early so a big thanks goes out to him for that.
Wednesday Evening Training: at the moment, we swim on Wednesday evenings. However, we will soon be organising some mid week racing in Dromineer. These races were very popular last year. The lake will soon be warm enough to swim in so we will be kicking off our triathlon and aquathon races – possibly in two weeks time.
Thursday TT3: The 3rd race in our TT series takes place this Thursday. You will have the usual choice of 3 routes. For those who can arrive early we will be pulling out of the pool at 6:15pm for a 10 mile warm-up. If you can’t make that then head straight to the start line at the hospital for 6:45pm.
North Tipp Sprint: The club had 16 entrants at this race. Well done Darren Dunne, Mikey O’Dwyer, Sinnead Oakes, Ronan O’Driscoll, Eoin O’Donoghue, Cliodhna McGrath, Ross O’Meara, Noel Daly, Sinead Kennedy, Anthony Kennedy, Geraldine Kyne, Derek Gilmartin, JP Gilmartin, PJ Brett, Maeve Gleeson, and Ramon Rodriquez. The North Tipp Sprint is the first race of the National Series so we should be right up there near the top of the standings. Next up is the Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick which takes place next weekend.
We had a record number of marshalls at this race. This helped to make sure everything ran smoothly during the day. The race couldn’t take place without the help of our volunteers so pat yereselves on the back for a job well done. We would like to thank our race sponsors Tipperary Water and A Sportsman Dream. We would also like to thank the staff of the Nenagh Swimming Pool, the Nenagh CBS, the Gardaí, the North Tipp Wheelers, the Nenagh Swimming Club, and the Order of Malta for their considerable help on the day.
Our big race is over and done with now so its time for you to be selfish and focus on your own individual seasons. Check out the Triathlon Ireland race calender and sign up for National Series races today.
Phyllis took some great photos of the Nenagh club members during the race. Click to view >>
The 3 girls before the swim start.
Club Night Out: There was a big turn out for the post race club night out. Keith put in a stellar performance as usual, winning the dance competition with ease for the 3rd year in a row. Derek Gilmartin won the moan-a-lot award this year, in his acceptance speech he said “the club put on a great race, but…….”. The club would like to thank everyone for turning up. The next club night out will be after Kilkee so get your permission slips ready for that one.
Visit Nenagh Classic: The club had a large presence at the local bike race yesterday. This event was a big success for the race organisers and they deserve congratulations for that. On the racing front, the club were represented by Hugh Flannery, Kenneth Kennedy, Andy McLoughlin, Kevin Sherlock, Eoin Woolley, Sinnead Oakes, Julie White, Dan Hogan and Ross O’Meara in the A4 race. We had plenty of success in this race with Hugh Flannery just getting pipped for the win as he finished in 2nd place. Dan Hogan had a fantastic race as well finishing on the podium in 3rd place in what was his first race. We also picked up a KOM prize when Kenneth Kennedy used his 0% body fat to good effect to climb up Portroe hill the fastest. Well done to all 3 lads for the wins and well done to everyone else for taking part and finishing this tough race.
In the A3 category, the club had 2 members in racing action. Gary Scully,Kevin Moyles and Eamon Hartnett were racing alongside 30 of Ireland’s top juniors and that meant one word = pain. In the end Gary was unlucky not to score in this race. He finished in 12th in the small chase bunch that was chasing down the solo breakaway winner Eddie Dunbar. If Gary had a sprint he might have got onto the podium but it wasn’t meant to be. If someone could loan Gary a sprint for the next day he would be much obliged. The club had no representative in the A1/A2 race as Shane Scully chickened out! Plenty of our friends in the North Tipp Wheelers were racing as well and we would like to say well done to them too. The more people racing from Nenagh the better.
It always seems to shine at the North Tipp Sprint. The sun was out once again on this the 6th edition of the race. The sun wasn’t the only thing that was shining, as Kevin Thornton and Anna Crooks shone on the National Series stage today and sent a message out to everyone that they are the people to beat in 2013.
Race Photos: Will be online shortly.
In the men’s race: it was Stephen Rooney who exited from the pool first, well ahead of the opposition in a time of 8:53. Stephen is one of Ireland’s best up and coming underage triathletes so this was not a surprise. Next out of the pool was Eoin Lyons from Waterford who was closely tailed by Ross Higgins and Rory Sexton with Kevin Thornton just another 10 seconds back. Also in the mix at this stage were David Richardson, Darren Dunne, and Louis Kelleher. Bill McCormack was 2:30 down on Stephen but, with his potential bike split, was still in contention.
Onto the bike and it was Kevin Thornton that soon powered into the lead. He produced the fastest bike split of the day and fastest bike split ever on that course to take a commanding lead entering T2. With Kevin 1.45 ahead the rest were battling for 2nd place. Bill McCormack had a very fast bike too and managed to put a little distance into everyone else. Next into T2 were Rory Sexton, Louis Kelleher and Stephen Rooney. It was clear at this stage that those 4 lads were battling for the final two podium positions.
The run is a little long and has a tough hill in it so breaking the 18 minute barrier is very rare indeed. Mairtin Grealish set a fantastic new low time for the run with a time split of 17:53 which brought him up to 8th position overall. There was no stopping Kevin Thornton as he came home a convincing winner in a time of 59:47. This was the first time that anyone has gone under the hour mark in Nenagh and it beats Conor Murphy’s previous record from 2010. This all helped Kevin to pocket €270 in cash from the day. Not a bad days work!
Filling the podium were Rory Sexton and Stephen Rooney who proved any doubters wrong as to their ability on the bike. They both produced excellent run times too, but in the end, Stephen Rooney’s super fast run split of 18:02 was not enough to overall Rory Sexton. Bill McCormack was just 19 seconds off a podium finish but he too can be happy with his day’s work.
In the women’s race: it was looking like it would be a tight battle between Anna Crooks, Andree Walkin, Marie Boland and Rachel Clancy. All 4 girls went in wave 7 so each knew what they had to do. It was Marie Boland that led the way out of the pool and T1, she was followed by Anna Crooks, Rachel Clancy and Andree Walkin. There was less than a minute between the girls at this stage so everything was left to play for.
On the bike, it was Rachel Clancy that took control of the race. She had a fantastic bike split of 33:18 which not alone bet all the women by over 1 minute but also bet most of the men. Would this be enough to set her up for victory? Rachel had been running very well recently so she would have fancied her chances. Next in off the bike was Anna Crooks. She was just under one minute down but there are very few girls faster than her at running in triathlon in Ireland. Marie Boland also put in a solid bike split and was still in the hunt. As last year’s National Series champ she was still in with a good shout. Unfortunately Andree had trailed off slightly and so the race was down to just three for the podium.
Anna Crooks blitzed the run in a superb time of 19:49. This was faster than most men and it was also the fastest run split of any woman on this course ever. This fantastic effort led to her overtaking Rachel Clancy for the win. Anna now becomes the first person to win the North Tipp Sprint twice and surely she will be one to watch out for this year. Rachel came in just 30 seconds after and should be very happy with her efforts. Marie Boland was home 25 seconds later to take 3rd place. All three girls were 2 to 3 minutes faster than the winning time from 2012 which just shows you the type of early season form they are in. Andree Walkin was next girl in followed by Kim Hickey. Andree might be a little unhappy with her performance today but she is a fighter and she will be back.
Tadhg Kenehan deserves a special mention after this race. Tadhg is a para-triathlete competing for the Piranha triathlon club in Dublin and was competing in his first ever triathlon. He proved to be an inspiration to us all finishing in a very respectable time of 1:38. Well done Tadhg!
Our local club members put in some strong performances. 16 year old Darren Dunne finished in the top 10 with a time of 1:04 but I am sure he was hoping for a little better. This was Darren’s first ‘proper’ triathlon so he should be happy with his performance. Mikey O’Dwyer made a welcome return to racing action placing 66th overall. Next was Sinnead Oakes who finished in 70th overall but was 7th female overall. That was a fine result. Ronan O’Driscoll was next in 74th and Eoin O’Donoghue was 80th. Well done must also go to our other junior Ross O’Meara who only took up the sport very recently and finished today in 144th.
The club would like to say well done to everyone that won age group prizes. There are too many to mention here but fair play to ye all. The club would also like to thank all our marshalls for helping out, the Order of Malta, the technical officials for the race, the staff of the Nenagh Leisure Centre, the CBS school, the race committee, Red tag timing, the Abbey Court Hotel and anyone else that helped out in some way.
We hope to see everyone back again in Nenagh for 2014. Until then have a very successful 2013 season.
Check out our Facebook page on the day of the race for race commentary. We hope to keep you all up to date with what is happening out on the course. The elite waves are expected to be in the water some time around 12:00.
All the information you need about tomorrow’s race is available on our North Tipp Sprint webpage. The weather is looking OK so far. Might be the odd shower though.
- Remember to each bring some food to the race for post race refreshments. Drop it up to the hall before 8:45pm.
- Try and make yourself available to help out this evening or early tomorrow morning. If you can help out text or ring Keith: 0861959041
- Marshall meeting is on tomorrow morning at 8:45am.
- Bring a hi vis jacket.
The Thursday cycle and Friday run training sessions are cancelled due to the North Tipp Sprint and Visit Nenagh Classic races on the weekend. We will start back again next Monday with our new 6:15pm track session.
Thanks to everyone that has volunteered to marshall at the North Tipp Sprint. You will be able to find your marshalling job by looking at the attached document. Please make yourself familiar with the information that is in that document >> Click here to download.
Here are the main points:
- All marshalls should be present for a short marsalling meeting on Saturday at 8:45am in the front pool car park.
- Bring hi-vis jackets if you are marshalling outside the pool.
- Bring suitable clothing for the day. Saturday is looking like being a good day.
For those in the club that are taking part in bike races this year you might be interested in the following 2 races:
Visit Nenagh Classic: This is on Sunday. Pre-register via the Nenagh.ie website >> Click here
Kanturk 3 Day (Corkman): This is a 3 day stage race that takes place from May 4th – 6th. There is an A2/A3 race and a separate A4 race. There will be 4 stages over the 3 days and this will be a good test of your progress. You can view more race details by downloading the entry form. Click here to download your Kanturk 3 day entry form
Despite the bad weather there was a strong turn out for the first of our Monday evening running sessions. 16 club members were put through their paces by Shane up in the CBS. We hope to grow this number to 20+ over the coming weeks. The session consisted of a warm-up, drills, short strides, stretching, longer intervals and a cool down. Hopefully most of ye didn’t over do it on the first evening on the track. Take it easy for the first few weeks and build up the intensity slowly.
Training with a group is great for motivation and the interval training that we do is perfect for those looking to improve their run times. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t run with us before as newcomers are more than welcome. The running scene is booming countrywide. Record numbers are doing running races, marathons, adventure races etc. We hope to greatly improve the running scene in Nenagh for adults. So come and join us.
Next run session: Monday April 22nd, Nenagh CBS at 6:15pm.
The 6th North Tipp. Sprint takes place this weekend and what a race we have in store. For the last 5 years we have had clear skies and an easterly wind. The long term forecast looks like things might be a little different this year, with cloud cover and a head wind on the return bike leg looking likely.
As is typical for this event we have had some wild 750m swimming predictions. No less than 40 people have predicted times of 11 minutes or less (last year 8 people in total went under 11 mins!!). Ye have all either been living in the pool over the winter or the noses on your faces are growing and growing. We shall see on the day!
Anyway onto the racing………..so who is going to win??
There are roughly 270 entrants in this race and as usual we have a wide variety of abilities. If you are a beginner to this sport and this is your 1st triathlon then don’t worry, you will be fine! There are plenty of people in the same boat as you.
The men’s field is very strong this year. William McCormack, David Richardson and Mairtin Grealish were 6th, 7th and 9th in last year’s National Series. David was also 2nd in last year’s race so he will be eager to go one better this time. Also on the start line will be Patrick Quinn who was 3rd in this race last year and 14th overall in the National Series.
Rory Sexton and Stephen Rooney are top juniors and if they can put in low bike splits then they will both have a great chance of winning. My pre-race favourite would have to be Kevin Thornton (www.kttriathlete.com). Kevin is looking to do well in the National Series this year and is training hard. If he continues on his great form from last year then he will be hard to beat.
Other triathletes to look out for on the day will be Lochlainn Connolly, Stephen Donnelly, Shane Scadding, Louis Kelleher and as always there will be some surprise packages tearing up the previous form book.
Darren Dunne will fly the flag for the local club this year. He will be hoping to gate crash the overall winner’s podium but that’s easier said than done. Mikey O’Dwyer, Eoin O’Donoghue and Ronan O’Driscoll will also be looking to put in quick performances.
If the lads all push each other hard then the course record could be in jeopardy!
The women’s race also sees two of last years podium finishers return in the shape of Marie Boland who was 2nd and Andree Walkin who was 3rd. Marie is also the defending National Series champion from 2012 so she really is the girl to beat. Andree was 4th in the National Series so will be keen to improve on that. They will face stiff opposition from Anna Crooks who was 5th in last year’s National Series and is a former winner of this race in 2011
Rachel Clancy is another woman to look out for. She is a relative new comer to the sport but is making quick progress. Edel Quinn and Sarah Lane have performed well on this course in the past and will look to do even better next weekend. Joanne Hope could also do well at this race.
Sinnead Oakes will likely be the top woman for Nenagh and she will certainly be looking for a high overall finish. Cliodhna McGrath and Margaret Hogan should both do well too.
It’s certainly shaping up to be another interesting trip to Tipp. We hope everyone enjoys the race and don’t worry about the race too much during the week. Tis only the first race of the season so it’s best just to enjoy it as there are plenty more big challenges ahead. See you all soon.