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.
** Reminder – Monday track running session returns this evening at 6:15pm.
North Tipp Sprint: how can you help out with this?
- volunteer for marshalling
- help with the course set-up on Friday and Saturday
- Bring food for post-race refreshments
- Attend the club night out afterwards.
Cycling: the numbers out cycling these days are huge and that is great to see. Next up: is our Tuesday cycle from Moynans at 6:00pm. There is no cycle on Saturday due to the North Tipp Sprint. There is no TT this week.
Bike Racing: Four club members were in racing action over the weekend. Gary and Shane Scully, Kevin Moyles and Eamon Hartnett traveled to Minane bridge in Cork for the Aquablueclassic. The race proved to be very tough as there were plenty of hills and a gale force wind blowing. Gary and Shane both did well in the race and managed to cross the finish line in 6th and 8th place overall. Both collected points for this win and they are very close now to moving up to the A2 category. Click to read Shane’s race report
Next up: we have the Limerick Summer League on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Next Thursday will be a handy roll over session and then its the Visit Nenagh Classic on Sunday. Make sure you pre-register for this event! text Shane if you want him to be your slave and register you.
Nineteen cyclists turned out for this mornings spin. The weather was threatening all morning and the group had to head into a very strong wind as we went out the Thurles road. There was much murmurings and a fair degree of nervousness among some of the newer members, as we had Seanin’s Hill as our first big challenge. Good news was that everyone got to the top! Some of the wheelers saw the Nenagh Classic “King of the Hill” sign half way up the hill – and took it as a personal challenge to prove their manliness and fly off into the distance!
Coming down into Toom was a much more easy affair with the wind behind us and there was a lot of smiling faces as we grouped up to head on to Moneygall. Army Hill seemed quite manageable having just done Seanin’s. Again the wind was very strong as we passed through Gortagarry and Dan Hogan lead a breakaway group up to bag a “Bonus Hill!” before we met up just outside Borrisoleigh. The rain started to come down and the temperature dropped – those in shorts looked very tough (Benny’s hairy legs are probably as good as a pair of tights though!).
The trip back to Nenagh via Templederry was broken up with a group photo stop when we found Cian McCormack sitting on the side of road with a snapped chain. The poor chap was waiting for Keith Butler for a lift home! Back to Nenagh with sore legs after a very enjoyable session. Distance 45 miles; Average speed 15 mph (with hills and wind!).
Next cycle: The Wheelers head out every Sunday morning from Moynans for those of you who want a cycle tomorrow. For those that can wait, it will be Tuesday at 6:00pm outside Moynans. There will be no TT next Thursday due to the North Tipp Sprint and Visit Nenagh Classic races that are taking place over the following weekend.
Join the Club: The evenings are getting longer and summer is fast approaching. With all that daylight and sunlight you really need to be outdoors. Triathlon is Ireland’s fastest growing outdoor sport. Take up a new challenge and try and complete a triathlon in 2013. You will learn all about the sport by joining our club. Pop along to our run session next Monday and try it out for yourself.
Text List: The club regularly update club members on training and racing activities via text. If you are not on this list already then send your name and number to Majella Moyles 0876618801.
Facebook: A good way to keep up to date with what is going on in the club is to visit our Facebook page. Plenty of extra information is given on that page that isn’t seen on this website. Visit our Facebook page and click on the Like button.
Run Training: It is time to get serious about run training. Swimming and cycling are going well, with plenty of people showing good form in both. Now it’s time to get your ass in gear for some tough running sessions, starting with a return of our:
Monday track session: Starting Monday, April 15th at 6:15pm – Shane Scully will coach this session. We are going to return to our usual Monday track session from last year. We regularly had 20+ people at this session so we expect to quickly build up to the same levels again. If you haven’t been running with us in some time then this is the ideal time to make your return. If you had to prioritise attendance at any one of our club training sessions next week then let this be it!
Friday April 12th: Keith will be there to call the session this evening.
Tuesday Cycling: There were strong turnouts at both the Limerick Summer League and the combined North Tipp Wheeler / Triathlon Club spins on Tuesday. A total of 30 cyclists were out and about on the roads of North Tipp. This is great to see and we hope it continues. Next Tuesday will follow the same format. So pick one or the other and enjoy your cycle.
Morning Swims: We expect to be back to our 6:30 start time next week. Check this website on Monday evening for final confirmation.
North Tipp Sprint info for club members
This race is a National Series event so we need to make sure it runs very smoothly. For this we need:
Marshalls: If you are a club member and you are racing the North Tipp. Sprint, the deal is that you provide someone to cover your marshalling position. There are 10 or so club members taking part in the race and most of ye have not yet nominated a person to take over your marshalling duty yet. Text Cliodhna 0872938847 with the name of your volunteer. For everyone else in the club, try and make yourself available.
Food/Drinks etc: There are 70 members in the club. If everyone brings in one item of food e.g. sandwiches, cakes, bars, wraps, buns etc. then we will have plenty of post-race refreshments. Please leave everything up to the hall before 8:50am on the morning of the race. If you don’t do this then Majella Moyles will have to be cooking and baking night and day for the next week!
Race/Transition set-up: As usual we will need volunteers on Friday and Saturday morning to get the course ready. If you are available to help out then let a committee member know.
Hi-vis jackets: marshalls should bring their own hi-vis jackets on the day. If you don’t have one then we will supply one for you.
Club Night Out: As is tradition, there will be a club night out after the race. This will start off in Una Powell’s pub. People usually arrive at around 8 or 9. We hope to see ye all there afterwards.
19 people turned up this week for the second race in our time trial series. 18 of the 19 managed to improve on their times from last week despite the wet conditions. The wind was lighter this evening and that seemed to make a big difference. It is great to see so many club members cycling well at this stage of the year with the triathlon season just about to begin.
So who are the world champs on these courses this week??
There were only two brave enough to take on the long course today. Dan and Seán both took on the tough Seáníns route with Dan once again going under the hour mark, finishing in a time of 57:28. Over the 14 mile route, we had a strong turn out of 11. Eoin Sheehan knocked a huge 2 1/2 mins off his time from the previous week. Shane Scully also improved his time a lot and took the quickest split of the day in a time of 34:10. Sinnead Oakes was once again the fastest female over this course finishing in a time of 40:22. There were 6 club members who took on the 9 mile route with Darren Dunne starting to show some good form in the run up to the North Tipp Sprint as he finished with the fastest time of 24:17. In the women’s race, Sinead Kennedy came home in the fastest time. Her time of 29:07 was 1:38 faster than last week. Great stuff from everyone.
For those of ye that decided that the best training is done at home with Ben & Jerry. Rejoice in the fact that ye have fallen even further behind. I think more comfort eating might be in order!
Click here to >> view results from race 2
Next Time Trial: is looking like it will be on April 25th.
Next Event: North Tipp Sprint – club members are expected to help out on just one day of the year and this is that day. Volunteer to marshall by contacting Cliodhna. Don’t have us chase ye up. It will be bad form if we have to go around ringing everyone individually next week that hasn’t contacted us.
Next Cycle: Saturday morning April 13th. Route: Nenagh – Latteragh – Seánín’s Hill – Toomevara – Moneygall – Army Hill – Borrisoleigh – Currabaha Cross – Templederry – Dolla – Nenagh 45 miles or so.
Record turn out: at our Wednesday evening swim, with 28 swimmers packed into 3 lanes. It is great to see such a large turn out. As usual, when we are squashed in together like sardines, all we could do was a sprint set. Although, getting the heart rate up is perfect for the race season that is approaching quickly.
Morning swims: It will be a late one again tomorrow morning. We do expect to be back to our normal starting time of 6:30am next week. Mikey ‘He-Man’ O’Dwyer is hopefully going to have the pool open for us in Keith’s absence.
Thursday TT: DON’T FORGET – this is on tomorrow April 11th. Meet at: 6:15 pool or 6:45 hospital.
Bike Racing Team: Sunday’s race is the AquaBlue Classic down in Minane Bridge in Cork. ‘Team bus’ leaving at 9:30 sharp. Let Shane know if you want a lift. This race will be a good test and it will help you get ready for the Visit Nenagh Classic the following week.
Visit Nenagh Classic: For those of you looking to take part in this race you should >> click here to pre-register