Moby Dick Triathlon

By | October 17, 2019

For many years The Moby Dick Sprint Triathlon, which takes place in Youghal, has taken pride of place as one of the last triathlons on the year’s racing Calendar. This year was no exception and once again on Saturday the 28TH of September, the South Coast Triathlon Club pulled out all the stops to make this year’s triathlon as fast, friendly and enjoyable as they possibly could. Unfortunately the down side of having such a late date on the year’s racing calendar is that the weather in late September can be a little unreliable and Saturday morning was no exception. Fortunately the races on the day managed to be completed before the rain arrived, but the prize giving was a little damp! The adult race consisted of a 750 metre sea swim followed by a fast, flat cycle, to Killeagh and back, and then a two lap 6.1 km run along the boardwalk and seafront to finish up. Despite blustery conditions the swim was described as ‘lovely’ once the swimmers got our past the waves crashing in on the beach. The conditions did add to the distance though, with some competitors swimming as much as 1200 metres on the day. The wind played its part in the cycle also with a strong headwind to fight against on the way out to Killeagh. Fortunately after the turnaround in Killeagh the cyclists were pushed home by the wind giving them a chance to rest the legs a little before the run. The Moby Dick triathlon used to feature a punishing hill in the middle of the run section but that has now changed and the runners headed along the seafront from Claycastle into Youghal and back twice. Despite the wind this was a generally flat course and some very fast times were posted on the day. Justin Ryan continued his successful year for the club, finishing 12th overall in a time of 1:09:42, and in second place in his age group. Justin managed to finish 4th in his age group in the National Series this year. He was also first in his age group in the Munster League and 5th  overall. Not bad for a beginner!! The rest of the BTC crew enjoyed the day as well and are looking forward to a well earned rest during the off season now.

There were also races for children on the day. The South Coast Triathlon Club has a long history of kid friendly events, and this year was no exception. There were shorter swims for the kids, depending on the age group. 14 and 15 year olds did 400metres, 12/13 year olds 300 metres, 10/11 year olds 200 metres and the 8/9 year olds 100 metres. Four Blackwater Triathlon Club children Four Blackwater Triathlon Club children took part with Orla MacCallum in the 10/11 age group, Dean Sheridan, Niamh Collins and Jack Dalton in the 8/9 group. They were joined by brothers Diarmuid and David Towey from Kilworth who competed in the 12/13 qnd 8/9 age groups. Dean even overcame a tumble on the entrance to T2 to finish with a smile. South Coast pulled out all the stops with loads of marshals and bags of sweets for the kids to help get their sugar levels back up. Some of them have definitely got the triathlon bug now. Despite the weather conditions everyone agreed that it was a very well run race with plenty of stewards and marshals ensuring everybody was safe on the day. Well done to the South Coast Triathlon Club and everyone who braved the conditions to take part. Once again it was a really good way to finish up the domestic triathlon season.