The race season is now in full swing, and TUNA members are flat out racing and training. From here on in it appears that TUNA will be competing every weekend, flying the TUNA flag with flashes of pink everywhere. We are going from strength to strength, which is down to all the hard work and dedication our coach, Dwyer, puts into us all. This is shown in our recent results and it looks like TUNA really means business this year, with the top 20 being occupied with TUNA members every meeting.

May was a busy month for TUNA, even at this early stage of the triathlon season. Special mentions to Jason Wilson who won the Camlough Try a Tri and to young Emily Cantley who finished 4th Female in the 13-15yr old race at Lough Cutra Triathlon, Galway .It’s great to see new members getting stuck in to the racing season, and doing so well!

Liam Ball Sprint 3/5/15

Phil Castles got his National Series competition off to a flying start, with a 5th place overall at the 30th anniversary edition of this early season pool swim event in the Maiden city.

His race was off to a great start, with a speedy swim of 12:31 for the 750m. This was followed by his trademark fastest bike split of the day, a scorching 30:46 for the 20k, not put off at all by the wet and windy conditions. Phil topped it off with a 5k run of 19:24, giving him a fantastic finish time of 01:03:54. A very promising start to the season for the Waringstown man!

Roe Valley Sprint Triathlon 9/5/15

Three TUNA competitors were among the record number of 210 athletes who made their way to Limavady to enjoy blustery conditions over the 30 length swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. There were 7 heats each containing 30 keen triathletes, some experienced, some doing their first ever triathlon but all of them grateful to the enthusiastic and friendly marshals who ensured the day went according to plan.

First TUNA home was Craig Harrison, finishing in 20th place with the amazing time of 1 hr 9min. Craig has been training hard in the off season, especially in the Thursday night pool sessions, and his efforts are definitely paying off. He was followed by fellow TUNA Paul Skelly, finishing strongly in a time of 1hr 13mins. David Mc Cready was across the finish line with the great time of 1hr 23 mins.

Mallorca Ironman 70.3 9/5/2015

While some of his fellow TUNAs were enduring the fresher winds of Limavady, Jason Holmes was competing in the ever popular Mallorca Ironman 70.3, along with 3500 international competitors. The weather was a little better here, with sea temperatures of 21 degrees and 30 degrees sunshine by the time the competitors hit the run section. Jason completed the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle (including a trip up a mountain) and the 13.1 mile run in an excellent time of 7hrs 40min. Excellent work Jason – great to see that all the training paid off!

Camlough Try A Tri 24/5/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in its fifth year, this excellent introductory event to whet appetites for triathlons is renowned as one of the friendliest races around, suitable for all abilities. The distances covered were 250m swim, 6k bike and 3k run – perfect for those still honing their triathlon skills, and those dipping their toes into the competitive triathlon scene.

A great team of TUNAs made their way to the starting line for this event, and represented the club with excellent performances all round. Special mention must go to Jason Wilson, coming 1st overall in a time of 33min – a great achievement! Also showing up strong for the TUNA ladies was Oonagh Murphy, who was 2nd lady to finish in a time of 41 mins. Alfred Donnelly showed new TUNA member Mark Miskelly the way around the course, with both finishing in a superb 38mins. They were soon followed by Graeme McCluskey, giving a great account of himself with a time of 40min. Joe Hendron was cheered across the line by his TUNA teammates with a great time of 52min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blathnaid Hendron also made a great showing in the junior race, as second girl home. Great going Blathnaid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lough Cutra Triathlon, Galway 24/5/2015

TUNA was also represented further afield on 24th May, as Emily Cantley from Banbridge turned out for the 13-15yr old race at Lough Cutra. The distances covered were 300m swim, 8km Bike and 2km run. Emily showed her strength and determination by finishing 4th female across the finish line, and 18th overall.

As well as this excellent representation from our junior section, two other TUNAs were flying the colours at the Cultra Castle Triathlon. In the half iron distance race known as ‘The Gauntlet’, Edward Cantley finished in a fantastic 6hrs 13min, and Franchie Haughey in an excellent 7hrs 36min. It’s great to see TUNAs popping up at races all over the country. June will see the season really kicking off, so the black and pink of TUNA will be appearing all over the country soon!

 

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