The first Moby Dick Kids’ Duathlon took place in Youghal on last Sunday morning. The Youghal based, South Coast Triathlon Club once again ran an excellent event with four different races on offer to cater for children from 8 to 15 years of age and over 150 children taking part on the day. Lovely weather greeted all the junior athletes on the morning of the races. It was on the cool side but the sun shone throughout the morning. The Blackwater Triathlon Club was represented by Aimee Kearney who competed in the 8-9 age group, her very first duathlon. The 8-9 age group started with a 400m run along the wooden boardwalk on Youghal beach. The children then came back to the transition area in Claycastle car park where they collected their bikes before setting off on a 1.2km cycle along the Youghal road. The cycle was the most challenging section of the race as the start of the cycle was uphill, but it did give a chance for the kids to recover on the way back. The last section was an 800m run along the boardwalk and then back to the car park. Aimee was the first of the children home that morning. Clearly the future of the Blackwater triathlon Club is in safe hands. All the kids taking part received lovely woolly hats at the finish line. This was a really fun, safe and well organised event and well worth the effort of getting up early on a Sunday morning. (Especially for Aimee’s mum, Michelle, who had travelled to Clare on Saturday to take part in the Cliffs of Moher charity cycle). Well done to South Coast Triathlon Club, who are continuing their record of promoting junior athletes, and to all the children who took part on the day. Hopefully they’ll all be competing in many more events as the years go by.