As the spring starts to make an appearance it’s once again time to dig out the triathlon gear and start competing again. It’s still a little on the cool side for open water swimming but it’s time to start taking part in duathlons. 350 hardy souls took to the roads of Tramore at the weekend to take part in the Tramore Duathlon. These events consist of a run followed by a cycle and then finishing with another run. Despite the unseasonably wet and windy weather we’ve been experiencing this year so far the day was dry and a little breezy. 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 Justin Ryan, Michelle Kearney, Harry Feeney, Bernard (Barney) Kiernan and Stephen Collins travelled down to Waterford to take part on the day. For most this was their first duathlon of the season so it was sure to be a testing morning. 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 was an 18Km out and back spin before finishing the morning with the last and final leg, 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 Justin Ryan in an excellent 56:54, 11th overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Clearly Justin is starting the 2020 season in the manner he finished 2019! Next of the BTC contingent to cross the line was Stephen Collins, finishing in 1:04:23, followed closely by Harry Feeney in a time of 1:05:07, nearly 3 and a half minutes faster than Harry’s 2019 time of 1:08:27. Barney finished in 1:15:28, an improvement of just under 12 minutes from his time in the same event last year. Michelle Kearney was the sole female athlete from the BTC on the day and she finished in 1:33:13. 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 travelled to Tramore to take part on the day.