It was another great turn out for TUNA at the Causeway Coast Triathlon in Portrush on Saturday 21st June. It was an early start on an uncharacteristically pleasant day for those making the journey to the North Coast event – normally this race ends up taking place in hurricane like conditions!

6TUNAs entered the individual race, with another 3 making up the “Harrison’s Heroes” relay team. As is customary, Philip Castles was first TUNA over the line, taking 6th place overall with a time of 2.04.09. The Waringstown man had the second fastest bike split of the day, taking a mere 58.11 to cover the 40k coastal route through Bushmills and the surrounding area. Phil said, “The bike course was fantastic and I really enjoyed the competition out there!”

Competition was more heated for the position of 2nd TUNA to finish, with Laurelvale’s  Gary Mc Donald and Lurgan’s Sam Uprichard going head to head for the accolade. Sam carved out an advantage in the swim and first transition, which Gary mostly recovered on the bike, leaving it to the 10k run to decide the winner. Even though Gary was 22 seconds faster over the distance, Sam’s speedy transitions made the difference, and he crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of Gary, with finish times of 2.17.29 and 2.17.42 respectively.

Next to finish was Richard Patterson, crossing the line with a great time of 2.36.06. Richard noted the difficulty of the run course, commenting “the run to the finish on the soft sand nearly killed me!” He was soon followed by Portadown man Niall Stewart, who claimed a PB for the Olympic distance with a time of 2.44.34. Fellow Portadown resident Steve Young was next to finish strongly for the TUNA club with a time of 2.51.34.

A special mention must go to the relay competitors, made up of Jason Thompson for the swim, Craig Harrison for the cycle, and Alfie Donnelly on the run, who won the relay race on the day.

TUNA results in full (swim/bike/run/finish time)

Philip Castles      00:24:22 00:58:11 00:39:15 02:04:09

Sam Uprichard 00:26:50 01:05:02 00:42:50 02:17:29

Gary McDonald 00:27:46 01:04:07 00:42:28 02:17:42

Richard Patterson 00:27:10 01:11:15 00:53:40 02:36:06

Niall Stewart 00:30:23 01:14:51 00:54:38 02:44:34

Steve Young 00:32:09 01:23:47 00:51:16 02:51:34

Team Harrisons Heroes 00:27:00 01:06:00 00:47:58 02:23:31


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