As the spring starts to make an appearance it’s once again time to dig out the triathlon gear and start competing again. Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing this year so far, it’s still a little on the cool side for open water swimming but it’s time to start taking part in duathlons. These events consist of a run followed by a cycle and then finishing with another run. 407 hardy souls took to the roads of Tramore at the weekend to take part in the Tramore Duathlon. On arrival it was clear that the organisation and marshalling would be excellent and there was no shortage of friendly faces to guide the athletes to registration, bag drop and transition. Blackwater Triathlon Club members Mick Beston, Marie MacAree, Harry Feeney, Bernard (Barney) Kiernan and Aidan Fitzgerald braved the wet and wild conditions on the day. For most this was their first duathlon of the season so it was sure to be a testing morning The waves were breaking over the seafront as the athletes ran along it creating interesting conditions for athletes and spectators alike. The surface looked like someone had emptied several bottles of washing up liquid along the sea to create vast quantities of foam. It was a relatively flat and fast course around the seaside town of Tramore. The first run was, as described, 5km and bar one or two small inclines was a course that certainly provided a few seasons best run splits. The bike leg fell somewhat short of the 18Km distance that had been anticipated- probably not a bad thing given the headwind on the return part of the bike leg. The last and final leg was just short of a 4km run- despite being a similar course to the first run leg it was much more challenging given the tired legs. The first home from the Blackwater contingent was Harry Feeney with an impressive time of 1:08:27, followed closely by Mick Beston in 1:10:47, second in the 55-59 age group. Aidan crossed the line in 1:14:32 and Barney finished in 1:27:26. Marie MacAree was the sole female athlete from the BTC on the day and she finished in 1:29:37, a personal best for Marie in the event. Great performances all round from all the competitors and a really good start to the season. Kudos to Waterford Triathlon Club for running an excellent race and to everyone who braved the challenging conditions to take part on the day.