Organised by Midleton Cycling and Triathlon Club, the Hills of the Harbour Sprint Triathlon took place in Whitegate, East Cork on Sunday July 7th. The event began with a 750 metre open water sea swim in the heart of Whitegate village. This was followed by a challenging 20 kilometre out and back cycle in the direction of Midleton. It then finished off with a challenging and hilly 6 kilometre run around the back of Whitegate village before crossing the finish line in the centre of the village. Seven members of The Blackwater Triathlon Club took part in the race on the day: Harry Feeney, Michael Mulcahy, Justin Ryan, Deidre Morrison, Eleanor Fennessey, Donal Murphy and Julian Boeg. Club member, Niamh Fleming, was down there in a support role this year and gave us an account of the race from her perspective: It was a lovely “local” race, very well organised and friendly. There was a bit of a chop in the water, causing quite a few to take on some salty water which didn’t go down too well! A tough enough bike course with some very fast descents with some of the cyclists clocking speeds of up to 70km/h! A misty rain began to fall as swimmers exited the water which made the road quite greasy and good bike skills were necessary for the tight turn at the turnaround point, causing the back wheels to lock up for some. The run was a challenging steep up and down course, testing everyone’s run fitness and it finished on a long descent to the village below. There was a lovely spread of food put on for all finishers and supporters. I’ll definitely give it a shot next year.
It was a good day out for the BTC crew with Justin, Eleanor and Deidre all finishing first in their age group categories. Justin was the first BTC athlete home, finishing 7th overall in a time of 1:10:48. He was followed by Michael Mulcahy in 1:19:10 and Harry Feeney in1:20:24. Eleanor finished in 1:23:41, just 8 seconds ahead of Deidre, who was hot on her heels in a time of 1:23:49! Donal and Julian completed the Blackwater effort on the day, finishing in 1:28:01 and 2:05:14 respectively. Well done to all of them, everyone who took part on the day and to the Midleton Cycling and Triathlon Club for organising the race so well.