Dungarvan Triathlon

By | September 16, 2019

The Dungarvan Triathlon took place on Saturday the 7th of September. There were two races taking place on the day, an Olympic distance event and a sprint race. The Olympic distance consisted of a 1500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. This is a very popular event and on the day over 300 athletes started the race, including BTC members Brian Baker, Donal Murphy, Dave Murphy, Gearoid Murphy, Peter O’Brien, Eleanor Fennessey, Gina Lyons and Anthony O’Brien. For Donal and Anthony this was a first attempt at the Olympic distance. Weather conditions on the day were near perfect. The sea was flat and calm for the swim section, albeit a little on the cool side. However, once the swimmers got started they soon warmed up. The cycle took place over rolling hills and by the end of that the triathletes were well warmed up. The 10km run to finish the day took the runners out along the coast and the local greenway, but it was mostly flat and supporters turned out in good numbers to cheer the athletes along. Dave Murphy was the first of the BTC contingent home, crossing the line in 2:33:19, closely followed by Gearoid Murphy in 2:34:39. Donal Murphy had a great debut Olympic race, finishing in a very impressive 2:39:40. Brian Baker was once again on the podium as he crossed the line in 2:40:13 claiming second place in his age group category on the day. He was just a couple of minutes ahead of Peter O’Brien who came home in 2:42:54.  Eleanor Fennessey was next home for the BTC finishing in 2:55:23, followed by Gina Lyons and Anthony O’Brien in 2:58:45 and 3:07:54 respectively. The event itself was very well organised, especially considering that between the sprint and Olympic events on the day they had close to 500 athletes competing. Well done to everyone who took part on the day and to the folks in Dungarvan for pulling it off.