By | July 9, 2019

The Waterways Ireland triAthlone event took place on Sunday the 7th of July in the picturesque riverside location of Athlone. There are three races on offer to triathletes on the day; a super sprint race consisting of a 200 metre swim, a 7.5km cycle and a 2.5km run; a sprint race consisting of a 750 metre swim, a 22km cycle and a 5km run; An Olympic distance race consisting of a 1500 metre swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. In total nearly 500 triathletes took part on the day. Amongst them was Blackwater Triathlon Club’s sole representative on the day, Ciara MacCallum. Ciara went up to do the Olympic distance event. The 1500m swim took place in the majestic River Shannon, with a 400 metre upstream section, followed by 100metres across the river and then 1000 metres downriver to the exit. The conditions on the day were excellent and the water in the Shannon was a balmy 17 degrees. The bike section was two laps of very flat, wide open traffic-free roads, before 4 laps of the run route through the town itself, being cheered on by large numbers of enthusiastic spectators. Ciara finished the race in 2:57:28 and really enjoyed her trip to the midlands. She would definitely recommend the event to triathletes of all skill levels.