Athletes test their endurance on road and river in Carrick-on-Suir’s 18th annual Triathlon

Athletes flocked from all over Ireland to swim, cycle and run in Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club’s 18th annual sprint Triathlon.

Athletes flocked from all over Ireland to swim, cycle and run in Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club’s 18th annual sprint Triathlon.

The popular race attracted about 175 athletes, who completed a 750 swim in the River Suir, cycled 20km and finished off with a 5km run.

Family, friends and curious spectators watched the athletes test their endurance and speed in the three sporting disciplines along the river bank at Sean Healy Park on Sunday afternoon.

The warm sunny weather was glorious for the spectators and helped the athletes endure the chilly waters of the Suir better during the swim but no doubt was challenging for the competitors in the final two legs of the race.

The slight current in the river aided swimmers aiming for a personal best while the 20km cycle route was over a fast but undulating course through the town, up Cregg Raod out to Faugheen, Lisadobber and back to Sean Healy Park via St John’s Road and O’Mahoney Avenue.

The 5km route for the running race was down the Clonmel Road and back to the finish via the river bank walk.

With many competitors coming off the bikes together it meant that transition times needed to be fast to get the best advantage.

There were many sprints out as people jostled to set up their positions for the run. While the run settled for the next 4k, the long flat home straight, that was lined for 200m with spectators, gave athletes an extra boost and spectators were treated to many sprint finishes as everyone tried to make a final attempt to improve their finish position.

Trevor Woods won the senior men’s race, Julie Ann Bowden won the women’s race and Aaron O’Brien clinched the junior top prize.

Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club’s own Carol Furlong from Mooncoin was among the first time competitors in the race.

She joined the club this year having no prior triathlon experience. She wasn’t a runner, nor a cyclist but she was able to swim.

Carol started by attending the Club’s swim training in Newtown Swimming Pool and it wasn’t long before she was joining the Club’s coached running sessions and perfecting her running technique. Finally she joined club members on her bike and so began her quest for triathlon glory.

On Sunday, she began with a strong steady swim followed by a good bike ride to keep her within the middle of the field. Once on the run, she was settled into a good rhythm to bring her home in just over 1.5hrs.

It was an excellent first race for Carol and Carrick Triathlon Club looks forward to helping more people who are new to triathlon to achieve their goals in the months to come. Check out carricktriathlon.com for information on our training.

Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club wishes to thank Carrick-on-Suir Town Council, the Irish Red Cross, Gardai, Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, Bonmahon Lifeguards, Carrick-on-Suir Handball Club, Carrick Davins Club, the Sean Kelly Sports Centre, Carrick-on-Suir Credit Union, The Carraig Hotel, Pierce Hire of Waterford, Flahavans and irishcanoekayak.com for all their support as well as all who helped on the day and came out to support the event.

The Club also wishes to thank Kenny, Curran who provided the race commentary informing all spectators as to who the racers were as well as providing entertaining updates on the progress of the Munster Hurling Final between Tipperary and Waterford.

Meanwhile, it was announced at the Triathlon that about E2,500 was raised for South Tipperary Hospice at the recent Barry McCarthy Memorial Chairty Swim on the River Suir in Carrick-on-Suir.

The charity swim is organised by Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club and Carrick-on-Suir Social & Literary Club and named in honour of the late Barry McCarthy, brother of Carrick Triathlon organiser Gary McCarthy.

Gary McCarthy said the cheque will be formally presented to South Tipperary Hospice over the next few weeks.

Triathlon race results: Men’s: 1st Trevor Woods, 2nd Colm Turner, 3rd Eric Wolfe, 4th Davin Power.

Women’s 1st Julie Ann Bowden, 2nd Nicola Nolan, 3rd Miriam McCormack, 4th Linda Delaney.

Junior: 1st Aaron O’Brien; Female Veterans: 1st Elaine Mullan; Male Veterans, 1st John Deegan, 2nd Darryl Hale, 3rd Michael Bowes; Male O-50: 1st Ray Power