August has been a very busy month for the TUNA Triathlon club, with members taking part in no fewer than 10 races around the country, from sprints all the way up to half iron distance.

Sunday 4th August saw the 2nd Belfast Titanic Triathlon, with both Sprint and Olympic distance races on offer. The Olympic distance race also incorporated the World Police and Fire Games Triathlon, and four members of the club lined out to race against some excellent athletes from around the world. Darragh Corvan was first TUNA across the line in this race, with an excellent time of 2:14:17, shaving a minute off his time from last year. In the sprint distance, Niall Stewart recorded a PB of 1:17:12, with the Portadown man having an excellent bike split on the day. Richard Horwood-Barrett also finished well, despite returning after knee surgery.

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Jul 192013




Roll up, roll up TUNA’s. Pat – Elite Timing Ireland is running this race. He will also be putting on our Eliminator Triathlon at the lakes.

Link to race details and online entry

Sep 282012

August saw TUNA represented at 5 events across the province.

Saturday 4th August was the date for what is widely accepted as the toughest standard distance triathlon on the local circuit. Top of the Mourne Olympic triathlon is a 1mile sea swim was followed by a lung bursting 40k cycle through the mountains, finished off with a very steep 10k footrace.

Sean McIntyre again showed his class by finishing 9th overall in a time of 2.23 for another category win. Close on his heels were Darragh Corvan and Philip Castles. Paul Cullen and Matt Armstrong put in good times despite limited training this year. Leeanne Corvan finished strongly continuing her impressive year.

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Hopefully winter 2011/12 has seen a lot more action on the bike & run than last year. Remember the 2 weeks we had in the deep freeze. Lots of club members are taking on some huge challenges in the year ahead:

Leeanne, Sarah & Pamela will be tacking on Half Ironman racing for the first time in Mallorca around the same time Paul Cullen has the Marathon des Sables to look forward to. Later in the year Gary, Lappy and I think maybe Phil (has he mentioned this to anyone?!) will be going for the full Ironman experience in Wales. Ross will be keen to hear their tips as he attempts the full IM distance a few weeks later at a race I have dreamed about competing in – the Elbaman.

Good luck to all the folks ‘going long’ this year. Alongside these largely mental challenges most of us will be just plugging away at a few local races. We have had a whole bunch of new recruits join in recent months and now is a perfect time to pick out a short triathlon to aim for and get trained for the summer.

The club caters to all abilities.

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Jul 182011

This is now going to be a regular in-season training session. It will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday night of each month – so the next one is this week (20th). Now we have some baseline times it will be run as an Australian pursuit, basically a race designed to put everyone on the finish line at the same time depending on previous performance – it keeps everybody racing the whole way. It starts at 7pm from the roundabout at the top of Garvaghy Rd. All welcome – there is no cost.

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TUNA Tri club looked fantastic as many of our members took to open water racing for the first time this year if not the first time ever. Apart from the Chairman – Stephen Guy (aka Tim Norris) all the boys were put well in their place (chicked) after a stunning performance by Fiona Murphy. I think maybe her bro gave her a few tips – he has a rather good record at the event in question! The link is to the TUNA results – full results are on the Irish Triathlon website.

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Jun 082011

On Saturday 30th April the inaugural Inter-Counties Triathlon took place in Ballinode, County Monaghan, organised by the Muckno Tri Club. It was one of the first open water triathlon of the year, and also the first triathlon to be undertaken by TUNA member, Leeanne Corvan, accompanied by fellow club-mates Phil Orr and Darragh Corvan.

An open water event so early in the season was a risk that the Muckno club were willing to take. It paid off, as the weather was warm, sunny but very windy!

115 competitors made the journey to this picturesque village, just a few miles from Monaghan Town. The event involved a 750m swim/18km cycle/5km run. The venue for the swim was Hollywood Lake, said to be one of the cleanest outdoor swims on the event calendar this year. The competitors then set out on a three loop, undulating cycle course, taking them through the village. This was followed by a hilly out-and-back run.

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TUNA goes to strenght to strength as shown in the last Duathlon of the year. Darragh’s race report:

The Triathlon Union of North Armagh (TUNA) participated in the Sportsman Duathlon, hosted by Setanta Triathlon club in Ravensdale, Dundalk. The race consisted of a 2.2 mile run followed by a 10.5mile bike ride, followed by another 2.2mile run. The club had a strong showing at the event. Paul Quinn, Gary McDonald, Sarah McQuitty, Niall Stewart, Darragh Corvan, Leeanne Corvan and Philip Orr were all there with the intention of having some fun and all no doubt hoping to improve their times.

The race got underway at 9:30am and Darragh shot out of the stalls, but Gary managed to pass him after the first mile and Paul caught him just before transition. “I needed a good start to give me an advantage in the race” said Darragh, “Paul and Gary are very good runners and I wanted to be at least level with them on the bike.” Continue reading »

Apr 172011

Conor cruising to victory

Great day out at MUD MADNESS. Amazing event, all in aid of charity. I have never been so dirty in my entire life and bearing in mind I once slipped on steatorrhoea (google it) on the way to a cardiac arrest that is quite a feat! Conor returned to defend his crown. His most high profile event of the year. Certain others (Darragh) were unable to compete due to fears over injury with such important seasons ahead! Plan is to complete as a club next year –  in pink speedos!



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