Members of TUNA triathlon club took the opportunity to race in one of the most picturesque races on the local calendar – The Glenarm Dalriada Triathlon.

This race is unique in local triathlon, being held on a Wednesday evening. It features a 750m sea swim, followed by an 18km cycle of two of Antrim’s famous nine glens – up Glencloy and down Glenarm. The 5k run then takes in one of Ireland’s oldest estates and finishes in the Earl of Antrim’s back garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In attendance on this damp and windy evening were Philip Castles, Sam Uprichard and Craig Harrison. Philip and Craig had competed in the City of Derry Triathlon only 3 days before, and were keen to get racing again.

The sea swim was choppy, but proved to be little bother to these hardy competitors. Phil was first TUNA on dry land in 12.52, followed by Sam in 14.04, and Craig in 16.58. As a triathlete in his first season, Craig made an excellent start and his swim is improving all the time. The Lurgan man commented, “The open water practice sessions with the club have really helped me with my confidence and my stamina in the water.”

Next up was the formidable bike route, with a grinding climb all the way to the top of Glencloy. This trio didn’t take time to enjoy the sea view on the return leg, however, with speedy times all round. Phil took the honours of fastest bike split, which is almost expected of him these days! The big man from Waringstown said, “My cycling is going well at the minute, and I loved pushing hard to the top of that hill, and then flying down the other side!”

Finally, the guys moved on to the out and back run in the grounds of Glenarm Castle, where Phil blasted across the finish line in a time of 01:09:42, to take third place in the men’s race. Sam was next TUNA home with a fantastic time of 01:19:26, and Craig followed soon after in 01:20:53. All three TUNAs finished within the top 30 men on the night, which was a great result.

In other news, one of our new members, Richard Curlett, took part in his first ever triathlon on Friday 18th July; the Tri Limits Eskragh Lough Sprint in Dungannon. Richard has made his first steps into open water swimming in the last two months, and reported that he thoroughly enjoyed his first race. Richard commented, “There was a very friendly and supportive atmosphere, and I felt great when I crossed the finish line. I can’t wait until the next one!”  Great work Richard!

 

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