The Kilkenny Duathlon took place on Sunday the 7th of April in the beautiful grounds of Kilkenny Castle. The Blackwater Triathlon Club was represented there by two club stalwarts, Michael Mulcahy and Mick Beston. This is a very popular early season race, in a stunning location and 250 athletes lined up at the start line on Sunday morning to take part. The morning was crisp and clear as the race began with a 5km run around the estate and out along the river. The run was a mix of trail and road and the athletes went off at a very fast pace. Following the first run, it was time to get on their bikes as the athletes headed out on the 20km cycle out along the Waterford road and back. The roads were quite busy for a Sunday morning and there were a few busy roundabouts to contend with at the start. Once out on the main road though, the shackles were off and it was time to give it some welly! The race finished with another 3.5km run around the grounds of the castle, just in case they had forgotten how beautiful it was during their spin on the bikes. The race finished on the spectacular green in front of the castle. Michael Mulcahy finished in 29th place overall, in an excellent time of 1:13:18. Mick Beston finished in 1:19:06, 3rd in his age category. Great results from both of them. As usual it was a really well organised event with loads of marshals and friendly spectators. Definitely a race to aim for in the early season schedule.