Try The Hook Triathlon.

By | September 3, 2019

Blackwater Triathlon Club member Marie MacAree travelled to the Sunny South East at the weekend to take part in the Try The Hook Sprint Triathlon. This event, took place on Saturday the 24th of August on the stunning Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford and consisted of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run. The 750 metre swim took place in the historic Baginbun Bay, famous for being the site of the second wave of the Anglo-Norman invasion in early May 1170. There weren’t any Normans around this weekend to cause any trouble for the 250 or so competitors that lined up in three waves on the beach. The calm and sunny weather made the sheltered bay an ideal location for a swim.  Swimmers entered the water in waves of eighty or so, and on completion of the swim headed out on a 20 km cycle on country roads.  Apparently previous competitors had described the cycle route as “very technical” with “a good mix of challenging inclines”.  For Marie, who has a couple of Ironman races under her belt, and whose idea of ‘fun’ on her summer holidays this year was to tackle 1613 metre climb on the infamous col de la Colombiere, this was a nice gentle spin. The race finished with a nice 5km run before finishing in the local St Mogues GAA Grounds. Marie finished third in her age group category on the day, crossing the line in 1:36:11. It was an excellent day out for her and everyone else who took part. The event was very friendly and well managed with loads of spectators cheering everyone on.