Setanta Triathlon Club – Sportsman Duathlon -Race 2

Sportsman Duathlon distances: 3.2km run, 19km cycle, 3.2km run.

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Johnny Mc Cabe 02 March 2014

The second race in the Sportsman Duathlon Series kicked off once again last Sunday with over 100 triathletes of all abilities tackling the course. It starts with a 3.2k run around the local stone walled roads, followed by a 19k bike leg of two loops with a second lap of the run to finish.

In the men’s race, Paul Carroll, last years duathlon series winner, made it back to back wins in as many Sunday’s, with Nass Duathlon last weekend and today’s Sportsman Duathlon, organised by Setanta Tri Club.  Carroll produced the fastest splits in all three stages today (48:45), matched only on the first run by Brian Campion, and open up a small but significant gap on the in form Tomasz Gagola (50:11) who came a very creditable second with regular winner Killian Heery completing the podium in third (50:32), the later two not separated until the final run.

In the ladies race there was no surprise to see 2006 Commonwealth games triathlete Heather Foley (55.02) repeat her recent win in the Lisburn Duathlon, to take the victory ahead of regular winner on this course; Judith Lowrey (57.25). Completing the podium in third was Adele Neill (1:00:05)

For many of those competing it was their first attempt at such a race and this is a perfect way to get involved in the sport of Triathlon. Luckily the weather gods were kind today keeping the rain at bay until the final finishers were on the home stretch, which made it all the more enjoyable. Ted Quinn came home in a time of 1:29:00 to take first in the 60+ category.

Big thank you to all Setanta marshals, the local Red Cross, and Sportman’s Bar for all there facilities.The third and final leg in the series of this very popular race series hosted by Setanta Triathlon Club is on Sunday 6th March with entries are filling fast so don’t miss out – register on http://www.irishtriathlon.com.

The Duathlon races consist of a 3km run, followed by 17km cycle and then back around the 3km run. It’s a tough race but very rewarding and open to everybody. All you need is a road worthy bike, helmet and a pair of runners. You don’t need to be affiliated to a club and entry fees are €20. If you are looking for a challenge this is it and it’s on your door step. Contact Setanta triathlon club on Facebook or kevhamill@gmail.com for more details.
Setanta club beginner cycle spins every Sunday at 9.30am from Felda fitness club. All welcome.

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