Saturday 15th August – Lough Neagh Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon, Ballyronan

Now in its 14th year, the Lough Neagh Triathlon is part of the Triathlon Ireland National Series and is one of only six races hosting a round of the Triathlon Ireland Super Series, specifically aimed at attracting the best triathletes in Ireland.

The Lough Neagh event is a sprint distance race, which incorporates a 750 metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. There was also the option of a Super Sprint event, which includes a 300 metre swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run. Weather conditions on the day were bright with a shower of rain making the road conditions very slippery on a fairly technical course.

The sprint race attracted almost 300 competitors, including 34 Category 1 athletes, who qualified for the Triathlon Ireland Super Series. One of these chosen few was our own Phil Castles, who toed the line to compete with the cream of Ireland’s triathletes. Phil finished in 17th position overall, posting a fantastic finish time of 1:08:02 for the course.

TUNA was also well represented by club chairman Dwyer O’Hagan in the Super Sprint – where he finished in a superb 4th place.

Jonny Walker, Sam Uprichard, Alfie Donnelly and Francie Haughey represented the club in the sprint race. Richill native Jonny was the first of this group to cross the finish line, with a speedy finish time of 1:16:13. Sam Uprichard followed with an impressive time of 1:24:30, with Alfie Donnelly close behind in 1:28:29, and soon after Francie Haughey joined them with a strong finish in 1:31:18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th August 2015 – Ironman Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

TUNA member Paul McManus made the journey from his hometown of Banbridge to Quebec, Canada for this popular and beautiful race. The surrounding area is known for its hiking, skiing, kayaking, golfing and cycling—making it an idyllic location for IRONMAN athletes.

Paul covered the 2.4-mile (3.8 km) lake swim in 1hr 12 minutes and was then on the quarter-mile run to find his bike among the 1800 other competitors. The two-loop, 112-mile (180 km) bike course ran through forests and low lying mountains, offering challenging elevations – Paul was in his element and posted a bike split of 5 hrs 29 mins. The two-loop, 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run course, lined with enthusiastic spectators, took runners past a waterfall alongside Lac Tremblant and into the heart of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort. Paul covered the marathon run in 4hr 49mins, finishing the race in a fantastic 11hrs 40 mins.

 

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