Clonmel hosts major duathlon event on Easter Monday

Clonmel hosts major duathlon event on Easter Monday

Race director Brian Corcoran.

Organised by the dedicated race committee of Clonmel Triathlon Club, a duathlon will take place on Easter Monday, April 2nd at Ferryhouse, Clonmel. 

This race is the first Triathlon Ireland-sanctioned event to take place in Clonmel. 

A duathlon is an endurance event comprising of a run, cycle and a second run. It is a continuously-timed event. The competitor who completes the course in the shortest time is declared the winner. 

No special equipment is required to do a duathlon. A good pair of runners, roadworthy bike and helmet are the key items. Suitable clothing for weather on the day is advisable.

A certain level of fitness is required as the run is 4kms, the cycle is 23kms and the last run is 4kms. 

Check out the Facebook page Clonmel Duathlon for training tips. Beginners, new to sport, are encouraged to enter. There's a relay option so there could be one cyclist and one runner on a team, or two runners and one cyclist.

The race headquarters is the Ferryhouse complex on the Waterford road, which has ample parking and great facilities including showers, toilets and changing areas. The organisers are grateful to Bobby McCormack for the use of the complex. 

The 4kms run course will start in Ferryhouse and athletes will be directed towards Clonmel, turning left and running through Mulcahy Park back towards Ferryhouse along the newly-opened Greenway by the banks of the River Suir. The run course is flat and fast.

Once back at Ferryhouse the athletes will pick up their bike and begin the 23kms cycle. The bike course will start by crossing the 330 year-old Sir Thomas' Bridge before heading towards Kilsheelan, a very sheltered and undulating road along the foot of the Comeraghs. 

A sharp left-hand turn will bring the cyclists through the picturesque village of Kilsheelan and left again, back towards Clonmel on the main Waterford road. This section of road is flat and fast, with a great road surface. 

At the Bulmers roundabout all athletes will again turn left and begin their second lap on the bike before returning to Ferryhouse to start the second 4kms run. They will finish the race beside the transition area. 

The race will start at 12 noon. The athletes will be well looked after, with 50 marshals to ensure their enjoyment, along with members of the Gardaí and Tipperary Civil Defence.

The organisers are also grateful to Tipperary County Council for their expert input into the successful running of this event.

Excellent prizes are on offer and entrants will also receive a goody bag and post-race food.

A local physical therapist will be on hand to ease post-race soreness. A DJ will keep things rocking and a bouncy castle and face painting will keep the kids smiling. All in all it promises to be a great day for entrants and spectators alike.

Online registration is at www.triathlonireland.com/Events/Race-Calendar/  and there will be limited on-the-day entries available. 

Participants are encouraged to register in advance.