The West Cork Duathlon took place in the picturesque surroundings of Clonakilty on Sunday morning last, the 24th of March. Bright morning sunshine greeted the 78 competitors as they waited at the start line for the 9.30 start. The race consisted of a 2.5 km run, followed by a 23km cycle, before finishing up with another 2.5km run. Just enough to clear a few Sunday morning cobwebs. The ideal weather conditions made for some really good times and the four Blackwater Triathlon Club members who had ventured down to West Cork for the race were no exception. The first BTC member home was Justin Ryan, in a time of 1:03:03 and 4th place overall. Less than 90 seconds behind Justin, in 6th place overall, was Dave Murphy in 1:04:26. This was just an appetiser for Dave who having finished the race in Clonakilty then made his way to North Cork for the Mallow 10 mile race later that morning! Harry Feeney crossed the finish line in 13th place in 1:08:58 and our sole female representative on the day, Brighid Liston, finished in 1:21:04. Brighid took a small break from triathlon related activities last year to have a baby and it’s good to see her back on the road. All in all the race was a friendly, well marshalled and well organised event, and a great excuse for a trip to sample the hospitality of West Cork.