On Saturday April the 6th, three members of the Blackwater Triathlon Club, Bernard “Barney” Kiernan, Gearoid Murphy and Dermot Johnson, travelled to Killarney to take part in the Hardman Duathlon. The perfect test before the triathlon season opens, the Hardman Duathlon is held on a fast, flat course in Killarney. It starts with a 10km run through Killarney National Park, followed by a fast cycle to Killorglin and back. The race then finishes with a quick 5km run, again through the beautiful park. The race will start and finish at the Castlerosse Hotel. The morning was a little cloudy and breezy, but otherwise a good morning for a race. The Blackwater crew were joined on the start line by a hundred or so other athletes. Gearoid had a great run, finishing the 10km in a brisk 42 minutes. Dermot wasn’t far behind him, completing the run in 46 minutes, with Barney completing the 10km in 51 minutes. The 40km bike section was tough in places with a strong headwind at times and rain for most of it. The surface of the road was also very rough coming back in to Killarney. Despite this all three made it back to transition and then finished the event with another run. The second run was a 5km loop back into the park and a up hill finish into the car park, where the runners were glad to see the finishing line with the Hardman name over it. Gearoid finished in 2:13:33, followed by Dermot in 2:32:38 and Barney in 2:50:38. It was great for them to finish their first Hardman event and a great opportunity for the lads to compete together for the first time. As the club gets bigger and bigger it is now common for members to meet each other for the first time at the start line of a race, united by their BTC club colours. Hopefully the first of many times racing together.