Hell of the West Triathlon
Last weekend, Limerick Triathlon Club hosted their annual Olympic distance triathlon in Kilkee which is the longest running race in Ireland. This is one of the most popular races on the calendar and as such fills up to capacity of over 600 entrants in record time.
There were 2 starts to the 1500m swim which turned out to be a bit longer in reality and with the choppy waters, everyone’s swim time was quite slow. Just as competitors were heading out on the bike, it started to rain quite heavily so was quite cold and uncomfortable for the 45k bike especially with the strong winds. The 10k run was tough enough with the first half being uphill along a coast road but at least they had the descent for the return to the finish.
With many of our club members taking part in Ironman Austria and The Outlaw in the UK the following week, we had a smaller than usual attendance with only 6 competitors. Shane Scadding and Davin Power emerged out of the swim together but Shane pulled away on the bike after having the 5th fastest bike split of the day to return to Transition in 9th place. He was happy to only lose 1 place on the run to finish 10th overall in 2.19.08, winning 1st in his age-group.
Davin Power finished 13th overall in 2.22.52 after a strong run. Aubrey Storey was next home in 2.37.22 with Bernard Keane delighted with his first time doing this race to finish in 2.38.46 with Padraic Connolly crossing the line in 2.53.14. Noel Ryan retired after the cycle as planned as he had completed Ironman Regensberg in Germany just 6 days previously in 10hrs 56mins which was a great achievement in the sweltering heat wave they had over there.