The Carrick on Suir Triathlon

By | August 7, 2019

The banks of the River Suir were once again the setting for the Carrick on Suir Sprint Triathlon 2019, which took place on Sunday the 4th of August. The race is now in its 26th year and draws a large number of triathletes from around the country and is also one of the preferred races for first time participants to the world of Triathlon. Over 200 triathletes took lined up at the start on Sunday. Amongst them were two of Blackwater Triathlon Club’s finest, Joe Scanlan and Donal Murphy. Joe is an experienced triathlete at this stage and has competed every distance available, from sprints to Ironman events. In fact he had competed in the Tri Kingdom Come race in Fenit just 24 hours earlier. Donal is a relative newcomer to triathlon, having only recently joined the club. The race started with a 750m downriver swim, part of the reason why it is so popular with relative beginners to the sport. Next came a fast and relatively flat 20km cycle through the countryside around the town of Carrick on Suir. The race finished with a flat 5km run along the banks of the river. Following his 33rd place finish in 1:15.12 the day before, Joe showed how consistent he is over the distance, finishing in 37th place overall in 1:14:34. Donal was in 50th place overall, crossing the line just a few minutes later in1:17.47. Well done to both the BTC lads and to everyone who took part on the day.