Prior to the festivities on Saturday night, some of our members took a spin down to Waterford to take part in the annual Waterford AC Half marathon. The Blackwater Triathlon Club was represented on the day by Peter O’Brien, Liam O’Connor, David Harte and Eleanor Fennessey. They lined up at the start line with over 2000 other athletes. The race is based and organised around the superb facilities of the Waterford IT campus. It was a nice bright morning and the rain of the previous days held off. An early start time of 9:30am saw the runners make their way from the campus onto some rural back roads around Waterford. The first section was relatively flat, with the first hill not until mile 3; however, strong winds were obvious once you got into the open roads of Waterford. The event bared its teeth after mile 8 with a long climb hurting the runners just as their legs were beginning to feel heavy. The second half of the race took in a more undulating profile than the first and the final mile delivered a stiff test with a sharp 600m climb prior to the finish, which forced all the athletes to work very hard cross the finish line. It was a testing race, but a great event with excellent marshalling at all junctions and pacers aplenty and a really good way to work up an appetite for the Christmas party that evening. There were some excellent times for the BTC team on the day. Liam O’Connor powered home with a superb time of 1:24:29. Liam was followed by Peter O’Brien in 1:33:53, David Harte in 1:39:43, and Eleanor Fennessey in 1:47:00. Well done to all who took part and the organisers of a very well run race.