Ennis Triathlon

By | July 24, 2018

Vinnie McCarthy at the Ennis iTri event

The fourth annual Pat Keogh Construction, iTri Inis triathlon which was hosted by Ennis Triathlon club took place at Ballyalla Lake on Saturday the 21st of July. Over three hundred competitors braved overcast but very warm conditions to take part in this increasingly popular sprint triathlon event. There were two adult events on the day, the Try a Tri race, which consisted of a two hundred meter swim, a twenty kilometre cycle and a 4.5 kilometre run and the sprint event itself which consisted of a seven hundred and fifty meter swim, a twenty kilometre cycle and a five kilometre run. Blackwater Triathlon Club’s Vinnie McCarthy was among the athletes who took part in the sprint event on the day. The Sprint Distance race started with a 750 metre swim from the river mouth in the lake, swimming out into the centre of the lake and back to the slipway. The 20km cycle was quite flat and fast on the day, despite the heat, and the 5km run finished with a long descent back to the finish line.  Vinnie finished in a very good time of 1:43:26, despite the fact that he had got up early on Friday morning to do his first club core session and he was still feeling the effects on Saturday. Despite his self inflicted pains Vinnie had nothing but praise for the event itself which was very well organized and marshalled on a perfect course and he would highly recommend it for next year. He did suggest that maybe not doing a core class the previous morning would be the better option.