The Immedis Kilkenny Sprint Triathlon took place in Kilkenny on Sunday the 21st of July.
This popular event, which is organised by the Kilkenny Triathlon Club, takes place in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. There were two events on the day, a try-a-tri race consisting of a 250m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run and a sprint triathlon consisting of a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The weather on the day wasn’t great with lots of clouds and wind as the competitors gathered in the grounds of the castle. Fortunately the rain stayed away for the duration of the races. Over 400 athletes were taking part on Sunday, including eight members of The Blackwater Triathlon Club, and there was a great buzz around transition as the athletes prepared for the races. The try-a-tri race started first, followed shortly by the main event. The swim section was downriver, through the city, with huge crowds lining the quays and bridges to cheer the swimmers on. Once out of the water the athletes headed out on the 20km bike section. It’s a fast and flat route, but very strong winds on the day made it more challenging than usual. The final run section of the race involved 3 loops of a track through the castle grounds. According to Blackwater Triathlon Club’s Mick Beston, this run “has to be one of the nicest runs of all sprint triathlons in the country”. This is high praise indeed from Mick, who has competed in a lot of sprint triathlons over the years. The Blackwater Triathlon Club contingent really enjoyed their day out in Kilkenny. In the try-a tri race, new BTC member, Willie Fitzharris, marked his triathlon debut with a very impressive third place finish, crossing the line in 1:13:56. First home from the BTC crew in the sprint event was Harry Feeney in 1:21:31, followed by David Harte in 1:25:18. Our sole female representative on the day, Deidre Morrison, was next home, finishing in 1:27:07. The aforementioned Mick Beston came home in 1:27:27, followed by Jim Crowley in 1:33:47, Ken Power in 1:35:30 and Barney Kiernan in 1:39:21. Well done to all of them and everyone else who took part on the day. The event was, as usual, very well organised with lots of stewards and great encouragement from massive crowds watching it all .