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.
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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
Once again the club is appealing to its members to prioritise National Series races where possible. Last year, was a very successful year for the club. Our mens, womens and mixed teams all performed very well, breaking into the top 10 for the first time. This year we want to go better!!
The women’s team have the potential to get a top 3 position if they keep going the way they are going. Sinnead Oakes, Cliodhna McGrath, Sinead Kennedy, Majella Moyles, Margaret Hogan, Anita Egan, Geraldine Kyne and Sheila Gregan can all score highly and if they get the 5 races in then they will do very well.
The men’s team will find things a little tougher but between Shane Scully, Keith Butler, Kevin Sherlock, Andy McLoughlin, Mikey O’Dwyer, Ronan O’Driscoll, Sean Gleeson, Martin Mitchell, Eoin Woolley, Ronan Walsh, and possibly Gary Scully the team could do quite well. Hopefully a few of our other older and newer members can prioritise these races and feature this year.
Individually, the club are very strong too. Darren Dunne will be looking to do well in the Junior National Series. Shane Scully will once again battle for the overall title. Sinnead Oakes will be hoping to go well in the overall womens. Keith Butler will be strong in the vets category and Majella Moyles could do well in her age group. There are always some surprise packages as well.
For more information on the National Series check out the > Triathlon Ireland website
Some of the races you might consider entering are:
TriLaois: The first triathlon of the 2013 season took place on Saturday in Portlaoise and the club were represented at this by Brenden Delaney and PJ Brett. This was PJs first ever triathlon so very well done to him and a very well done to a shhhnakey Brenden Delaney who taught he could just sneak off to his first triathlon in ages without anyone noticing. Nice work lads!
Swim training: Tuesday and Thursday morning swims might be starting at a later time for the next few weeks. Keith Butler was injured in a car accident during the week and will be out of work for some time. This means that the pool probably won’t be open early as Keith won’t be working. There is nothing we can do about this as Keith was going out of his way each morning to help us out. This Tuesday and Thursday there will be swimming from 7:00 to 8:00 – if we are allowed in a few mins earlier then we will start earlier. Wednesday evening swimming will continue as normal at 8:00pm. The club wish Keith a speedy recovery.
We usually start our lake swimming at the end of April. This year it might be May before the water is warm enough to swim in. Until then keep commiting to the pool sessions.
National Talent ID Day: Darren Dunne took part in this talent identification day on Sunday. He was looking to make it onto the elite Irish youth squad. The standard at these things is very high with international level swim and run times needed in order to make the team. A combined score of 160 points (roughly 80 from running, 80 from swimming) is needed to make the squad. Darren has scored 154 and 155 points in recent attempts. Darren produced a 2:22 200m swim and a 4:11 1500m PB on the track. Those are both excellent times but when converted into points only came to the grand total of 158 points; leaving Darren agonisingly close to making the squad. Hopefully, this will give Darren an increased incentive to go prove himself in the Junior National series this year.
Dromineer Duathlon Race 4: The fourth and final race of our Dromineer Duathlon Series took place on a beautiful but cold Saturday morning last weekend. This was the final blow out for many before their first triathlon of the season and as usual the tough course provided a tough challenge for all those that took part. Thankfully it was a dry day with a strong tail wind for the second half of the bike route. We had one club member who did the 5km run twice, well done Mike. 12 club members turned up for the race, and all completed it…no DNFs to be reported!
The winner of the handicapped race was Barry Creamer who finished in a handicapped time of 1:10:50. In 2nd place was young Ross O’Meara in a time of 1:14:15 and in 3rd place was Ronan O’Driscoll in a time of 1:14:35. The fastest flat time was recorded by Ronan O’Driscoll in a very fast time of 1:02:35. In 2nd place was Eoin O’Donoghue in a time of 1:03:40 and in 3rd place and 1st woman overall was Sinnead Oakes in a time of 1:05:40.
Click to view full race results
Next up will be the Dromineer Triathlon series. These races will take place in the usual Wednesday evening time slot, but first we have to wait for the lake to warm up. With the current temps it is looking like late May / early June for race 1. That gives you plenty of time to prepare.
Bike Training: This Tuesday, we are advising our members to team up with the Wheelers at 6:00pm outside Moynans. They typically cycle for 40 miles at a decent pace. For those looking to really push themselves consider the Limerick Summer League which starts at 7:00pm at Daly’s Cross – the bike racing team lads are expected to make themselves available for this.
This Thursday, we are going to have the 2nd race of the club TT series. Again, we will meet at 6:15pm at the pool for a warm-up. The warm-up route will be the 9 mile TT route backwards. If you are running late then you can meet us at the hospital car park. We hope to have the first cyclist on their way at 6:45pm. Please help spread the word.
Bike Racing: Seven club members were in racing action this weekend. Eoin Woolley, racing for the North Tipp Wheelers, was very active; taking part in the Harry Reynolds race on Saturday and the Ben McKenna race on Sunday. The hilly courses were to his liking and he finished strongly both days. Also in racing action at the Ben McKenna race, this time for the Visit Nenagh team, were Kevin Sherlock, Andy McLoughlin, and Kenneth Kennedy in the A4 race and Gary Scully, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles (making his debut) in the A3 race.
Kevin Sherlock was best placed in the A4 race finishing in the top 15. In the A3 race we had a little more success with Shane Scully collecting his first win of the season (click to read Shane’s race report). Gary also got into the prizes as he finished in 13th place. Kevin did very well in his first A3 race finishing in the top 20 of what was a tough race. Gary and Kevin could indeed have performed much better on the day except for they had to sacrifice their race chances so as to not hinder Shane’s chances of winning. That’s great teamwork from the lads!
Recent Photos: Club Time Trial + Bike Race
Interval training is on this evening, Friday the 5th April, in the CBS at 6pm. This will greatly improve your speed for the upcoming races!