Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

By | May 28, 2019

The annual Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon event took place on the weekend of the 25th and 26th of May. This year three members of the Blackwater Triathlon Club travelled to Gort in Co. Galway to take part. This is a hugely popular event, with large numbers of competitors travelling from all over Ireland and the UK to participate in the 22 races that took place over the course of the weekend. These ranged from the Half Ironman distance Gauntlet with a 1900 Metre swim, a 96 km cycle and a 21 km run, to a race for 8-10 year olds with a 100km swim, a 4km cycle and an 800 metre run, with a huge variety of relay and solo options in between. The Blackwater contingent, Ciara MacCallum, Stephen Dalton and Justin Ryan, all competed in the Olympic distance event. The race started with a 1500 metre swim in the eponymous Lough Cutra, followed by a 40km cycle and a 10km run.  Conditions on the day were pleasant, albeit a little breezy. The swim section was very pleasant, but seems to have been a little longer than advertised, with most competitors estimating that the distance was closer to 2000 metres. There was a new bike route which took the cyclists out towards the Burren and back. The outward journey was tough with a blustery headwind to contend with. The race then finished with two laps of a 5km loop on forest tracks and through fields around the Lough Cutra estate. Justin was the first BTC athlete home, finishing in 2:27:42, 9th overall and 2nd in the 24-29 age category. Stephen crossed the finish line in 3:10.41 and Ciara came home in 3:33.19. Good performances for an early season event for the the Blackwater crew. As usual in Lough Cutra, the whole event was extremely well organised and very family friendly with bouncy castles, a band, loads of catering and merchandise. Definitely one for next year’s calendar.