A busy week-end last week-end seen club members compete in three different duathlons around the country in what were very tough conditions for all competitors due to windy and cold conditions.
Seven Lough Key’ers made the short trip up to a blustery Sligo on Saturday and joined 94 other competitors for the Duathlon in Rosses Point. The event consisted of a 4k run, 16k cycle and 2k run. The initial 4k run at the start spread out the field nicely as competitors ran down the coast road towards Sligo and then turned back up Rosses Point up the hill back to transition at the beach. The 16k bike leg was very much a tale of two halves.
A ferocious headwind the whole way in to Sligo really tested the legs but the up-side of that was a very fast leg from Sligo back out to Rosses Point with a couple of the lads reporting 60kph speeds on their speedo’s for some of it.
Transition again at the beach with the final 2k run an out and back on the beach, first heading down the steep ramp to the beach and a nice tailwind only to be hit again with the ferocious headwind for the last k and the steep climb back to to transition and the finish.
The race was won by Cisco Suarez from Sligo Tri Club in 50 mins 56 secs while Donnacha Holmes was first home from the club in an excellent 9th place in a time of 54.54 - full Lough Key times and places below: 9th Donnacha Holmes 54.54, 24th Andrew Brennan 59.44, 26th Donal Kennedy 60.07, 31st Mark Kelly 61.09, 37th William Little 64.16, 48th Martin Munnelly 67.45, 59th Finbarr Keaney 69.56.
Again on Saturday Damien Brehony competed at the Harlequin Adventure Duathlon in Castlebar yesterday. This was a 3k run, 6.5k cycle, 8.5k Mountain run, 14k cycle and finally a 3k run over a hilly course. Damien finished 32nd of 130 competitors in a time of 1 hr 59mins 59secs just breaking the two hour barrier.
Finally, on Sunday, Barry Kerr competed at Race 3 of the Naas Tri Club Duathlon series at Punchestown Racecourse. Barry had another great outing finishing the 3.2km run, 20km cycle & 3.2km run in a time of 1hr 5 mins 5 secs to finish in 27th place of 156 competitors.
Good Friday Training Day: Next up is the Good Friday Club Half-Ironman training day. This kicks off in Aura at 8am sharp for the swim leg and members can complete as much or as little of the three different disciplines (1.9k swim, 90k cycle, 21k run) as they want with at least a few people planning on going the whole hog.
Anyone who is taking part must inform Donal by e-mail at email@example.com by Thursday of their intentions as it looks like there are good numbers and we will have to sort lanes for the swim leg.
Try a Tri: The club Try a Tri will take place on Sunday, April 21, at 10am in Aura. This event will be a 250 pool swim, 13k cycle and 4k run and is open to anyone who wants to give it a go. Entry can be made at Aura in Carrick and it is €25 to enter. Places are strictly limited to 100 participants so get your entry in early to ensure a place. Full details can be found on the club websitewww.loughkeytri.com.