Escape from spike Triathlon
On Sunday 4th August 6 members of tipp tri club travelled to
Cobh to take on the Escape from Spike Island triathlon. Both distance of sprint
and Olympic were being taken on. On the day we were greeted with sunny skies and
calm waters. First up was the Olympic distance which started with a 1.7km swim
from spike island back to Cobh, first out of the water was Keith followed by
Tommy, Denis and Paddy, Tommys green hat was great for Denis and Paddys as they
followed him all the way. The 40km bike followed with an out and back 5km course
repeated 4 times. Tommy was gaining on Keith for the whole 40km which made for a
great race as Keith was trying to keep ahead of him for the run section but
ultimately Tommy came a cropper when he crashed coming back onto T2 (Tommy loves
speed) and as we know now he has a few very sore ribs. Denis and Paddy were
having a race on their own which Denis was winning only fractionally. The 10km
run was a 4 lap route around the pier in Cobh was flat except for on short hill.
First home on the day with an impressive 15th overall was Keith in
2.29.22followed by Denis in 2.41.27 and Paddy in 2.49.36. In the sprint distance
Richie and Martina were competing, there was a different swim course which was
along the coast. First out of the water was Richie followed closely by Martina.
As per usual Richie was having a great cycle but Martina was slowly catching
Richie but when it came to the run Martina came out on top in a time of 1.19.38 finishing 5th woman and first in her age
Richie had to pull out due to a sore leg (he was blaming the 2 weeks of warm
weather training in Spain). A great day was had by must of us, the atmosphere
around the bike and run cycle was great as crowds of people cheered the
competitors on. This is a race that most of us will return to again next year.
Here is a great report written by Paddy (don't forget the) O'Callaghan on the Hell of the West. Enjoy the read....
The 29th June 2013 was a big day in the racing calendar for triathletes all over the country. Hell of the West is renowned to be one of the toughest challenges on the Olympic Distance calendar. Tipp Tri club was well represented by participants in both individual and relay.
Tommy B, Martina, Denis C and I arrived in Kilkee at approximately 07.20hrs for sign on. Denis and myself couldn't resist travelling past registration to have a peep at the notorious Kilkee bay.
"My God" is all I can say.
We sat there, mouths open as we watched the waves crash off the rocks, spray travelling 20 to 30 feet in the air. We looked at each other and laughed (nervously). First thing that came to my mind was
'Ritchie you cute bastard making yourself unavailable'.
With sign on complete, goodie bad and the much sought after jacket ( or in Martina's case Jackets) collected we started to get ready. We met with Tony Delaney (fastest runner in Tipp Tri), Matt Crowe, Sean Bryan, Noel Ryan, Lar Cleary and Brian Berkery. The buzz around the start line/transition area was electric.
Denis C as usual had to visit every white ceramic facility in Kilkee prior to race commencing. He was like a crack head looking for a fix. To his surprise and our amusement the local WC wasn't up to his expected high standard although it did have a security person + dog at the door.
Race began at 10.30hrs, Denis C took the lead for the Tipp lads. As he entered the water he was met with a wave mid chest and knocked back on his arse. It was going to be a tough day out. Denis got on his way followed ten minutes later by Tommy, Noel, Sean, Matty, Lar and myself. The swim was seriously challenging, swells and waves and sheer volume of people added to the difficulty. We all survived and made our way to T1 to collect the bikes. The bike route consisted of a 45k route, a few hills, fabulous scenery and a strong head wind for the last 20k or so. Martina joined us for the cycle taking the timing chip from Sean Bryan. A seamless Transition is all it can be describedas. I'm legally gagged in relation to the transition between Swim and Bike for the hotly tipped Crowe/Delaney relay team. Let's just say they encountered a few problems. I don't know why they were later referred to as the Armstrong duo by other competitors. Lol...
After the bike we made our way through transition again, parked up the bikes and donned the running gear. Martina changed chip with Brian Berkery. The run started with a steady 2k climb, it then levelled out with smaller climbs until the turn around at 5k. The homeward journey was way faster for all competitors. The views on the run were out of this world, cliff side route was beautiful and most certainly aided in keeping the mind off any pain experienced by participants.
I'm delighted to report that all Tipp Tri entrants finished with respectable times all round. It was great to be present when Gavin Noble broke the course record (sub 2hrs). The crack was good and club spirit was evident throughout the day. I would urge those who didn't compete this year to set Hell of the West as a goal for next year but remember it has earned its name and won't let you down. The Limerick Tri Club have to be congratulated for organising the best event that I've participated in to date. Their professionalism was commented on by all participants that I spoke to after the event.
TriAthy Triathlon 01/06/2013
Tri Athy 1/06/13
On Saturday the 1st of June 9 Tipp wheelers members
travelled to Athy to compete in the triathy Olympic and sprint distance
triathlon. The weather conditions were perfect with little or no winds sunny
and dry. Over 2100 competitors took part over the day in the different
distances it had to offer. The Olympic distance waves started at 10am and we
had a nervous Claire Devitt to start and show us the way. Well I suppose ladies
first! Another 9 wave of 100 athletes took off in 10 minutes intervals which
made the route a very busy one. The swim course consisted of 1500m. This was an
up and down in the local river. 600m up stream with thankfully a very slight
current and the remainder 900m downstream to the first transition. The water
temperatures thankfully were not to cold and the lads reported that after a
couple hundred meters they were well warmed up.
The 40km cycle for the Olympic distance was a slightly
technical one on closed roads,
with a large mix of secondary back roads, a few right angle turns, sharp
inclines, and two turn arounds which did not allow cyclist to maintain a
continuous speed for too long. Having the right set of wheels made a big
difference to people’s times on the day. So the lads had to choose their weapons
Back into transition 2 after dropping off the bike, slipping on
the runners, and venturing into the 10km run. The first 2k of it was on the
roadside with a slight incline, leading down a narrow lane and entering on to
the river bank. The next 6k was tough running on the uneven narrow grassy
margin. A lot of the lads found the run tough and one had to be alert as there
was a turn around halfway. This meant that runners were coming both directions
battling for the best side to run on and the centre of the bank seemed to be
everyone’s choice, you could say it was a bit like the bumpers cars at your
local carnival. However the last 2km was back on a tarmac surface and
automatically the pace came back into our legs and made it to a speedy finish
line where we were greeted by hundreds of spectators, and handed a well earned
banana and bottle of water.
Later on that evening we had two lady members both Denise Compton
and Martina Byrnes who entered half of the Olympic which is called the sprint
distance. A 5 pm start and in wave one the girls got off to a very warm and
early start. As you can see below in one of the pictures the girls unknowingly
had their photograph taken in the water start by the fit magazine which is a
supplement in Thursdays Independent. (See can you spot them!) The girls had a
great race and it was Denise that got out of the water in 10mins for the 750m
swim, with Martina on her heals in 13.20, Martina passed Denise on the fast 20km
out and back course which took her into a 2 min lead into the run. But it was
Denise’s strong run finish that brought her to take the lead and finish 1 minute
ahead of Martina.
Overall the lads had a fantastic day out and a very well done to
Paddy O Callahan, Denis Cremins, and Richie English which this event was only
their second Olympic distance.
First home for the club in the Olympic was Tommy
Byrnes in 2hrs 22mins on his heels and less than 30 seconds later was Noel Ryan
in 2hrs 22mins, Denis Cremins 2hrs 32mins Claire Devitt 2hrs 32mins and
4thlady in her category,
The ever improving Sean Bryan 2 hrs32min,( it was very tight between the three
of them), Paddy O Callahan 2hrs 39mins, Richie English 2hrs 46mins.
Compton had a fantastic time of 1hr 16mins 110th position
10th woman, and Martina Byrnes 1hr 17mins 131st position
11th woman and taking
into account nearly 900 people took part in the
13 club members travelled to Limerick on Sunday April 28 for the Joey Hannon triathlon. Over 600 competitors travelled the length and breadth of the country to participate in both the sprint and Olympic distances.
The sprint consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike, followed by a 5km run. Clare Devitt won the senior lady cat in the sprint race. Well done to Clare on being the first club member to win a triathlon. Hopefully the first of many.
The first first man home for the club in a time of 1hr 13mins was Denis Cremmins, . Next up we had the big man Paddy O Callahan showing good form at 1hr 18mins, Stephan Ryan 1hr 18mins, Martina Byrnes 1hr 20mins and first in her age category, Richie English 1hr 22mins, and Mary Ryan 1hr 28mins.
The Olympic distance consisted of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run. First man home for the club and having a great day out was young Brian Devitt in a time of 2hr 12 mins, Tommy Byrnes, 2hr 14mins, Liam Butler who won his age category in 2hr 16mins, Noel Ryan 2hr 21mins, and Keith Kelly 2hr 27mins. Also well done to local lad, Limerick Tri club member and son of Liam Butler, Graham Butler who did 2:12 and had a great sprint finish with Brian Devitt and coming out on top. Well done to everyone involved a great day out for the club
A great turn out of 250 athletes turned out for the first pool TRI of the season. We had 10 club members racing.
Brian Devitt led the boys home in a time of 1:10, Closely followed by Tommy Byrnes 1:10 and Liam Butler 1:13 also giving him first in his age cat, Dennis Cremmins 1:18, Stephan Ryan 1:22, Paddy O Callaghan 1:24, Richie English 1:28.
Clare Devitt led the ladys home in a time of 1:15 followed by Martina Byrnes in a time of 1:28 and Mary Ryan 1:34. Local Lad Graham Butler of the limerick tri club had a great day with a time of 1:09. All members who travelled reported a great well organised day.
Full results can be accessed from the link below
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The results of the training triathlon are below. It is important to note that some people did not do the full swim. the times are presented for the interest of those who took part in no order.
Tom Blackburn 74:46
Trish Blackburn 93:35
Dennis Cremmins 76:05
Paddy Callaghan 83:30
Mick Crowe 124:40
Tagdh Murphy 81:28
Tony D 76:16
Seamus Breen 67:05
Martina Byrnes 77:50
Matty Crowe 77:20
Tom Butler 80:50
Mary Ryan 86:00
Stephan Ryan 69:54
Some photos are attached below, also see Liam Butlers photos
Well done to everyone involved. CLICK HERE FOR LIAM BUTLERS PICS FROM THE DAY
Rory Devitt led the club home with a time of 1:04:45, Noel Ryan only seconds behind with a time of 1:04:48, Rory coming 9th and Noel coming 10th. Tommy Byrnes put in a 1:05:50, Keith Kelly 1:10:10, Denis Cremmins 1:17:52. Clare Devitt was the only lady representing the club with a time of 1:15:18. Great to see so many club members racing triathlon. Well done to Rory and Noel with their top ten finishes.
We had 3 club members racing the grueling hell of the west this year. It is called the Hell of the west for a number of reasons,
1: The swim is on the west coast meaning you will experience very choppy sea conditions making sighting challenging and you will get bashed around a little bit. Also this year the swim was 1.9k which is the distance of a half iron swim.
2: The bike is 44k rather than the standard 40k, the roads are hilly, windy and rough.
3: To add insult to injury the run is also a sufferfest. The first 5k is more or less up the side of a cliff and into the wind.
Other than that tough it is enjoyable :-), Tommy Byrnes led the club home with a time of 2:35:06 with a tremendous bike split of 1:13:56. Brian Devitt was second home for the club 25 seconds behind Tommy with a time of 2:35:31. Keith kelly was the third lunatic to complete this sufferfest with a time of 2:49:00. All three lads had a great day out and will be going again next year.
It was a fantastic day for the club in the sprint triathlon in Monkstown today. Rory Devitt came 8th overall and 3rd in the 20-35 category with a superb time of 1:10.
In the ladies event all eyes were on the former Olympic medallist Sonia O Sullivan. Clare exited the water in front of Sonia but it didn’t take long for Sonia to fight her way to the front of the ladies race on the bike and passed Clare on the way. However Clare showed her customary tenacity and fighting spirit by re-passing Sonia on the bike and taking the race to her. The two ladies fought all the way around the challenging bike course passing each other 3 times. When it came to the run as you would expect O’ Sullivan excelled but so did Tipp Tri Clubs Clare, only losing a minute to the former Olympian and coming 3rd overall one place behind Sonia. Clare also came 2nd in the 20-35 category. Jayne O Conner was also racing for the club and put in a fine performance with a solid time of 1:30.
Another great day for the club and well done to all involved
The Olympic race was held on Saturday the 2nd of June, Rory Devitt led the club home with a fantastic time of 2:17:08. Brian Devitt and Tommy Byrnes were second and third home for the club with times of 2:20:20 and 2:22:51.In the Sprint race we had a number of athletes competing. Clare Devitt Led the ladies home in a time of 1:18:29, Denise Compton was next with a time of 1:23:32. Jayne O Conner and Naomi Enright were 3rd and 4th home for the club in the ladies department with times of 1:29:01 and 1:29:39. Denis Cremins was the first man home for the club with a time of 1:21:06. Well done to all involved,Click here for the Tri-Athy website for more info on the race