The Lost Sheep Triathlon 2013
So as the 2013 triathlon season draws to a close, the annual trip to Kenmare to participate in the The Lost Sheep Triathlon takes place. This is a National Series Race over roughly half ironman distance, comprising a 1.9km open water swim in the Kenmare estuary, an 80 km cycle in the Kerry and Cork mountains, including two Category 1 climbs, the Healy and Caha Passes, followed by an undulating half marathon finishing up in Kenmare town centre. It’s widely acknowledged to be one of the toughest events on the circuit. The changeable weather on the day made for cold conditions on the bike with a number of DNF’s as a result.
We had nine club members taking part this year. First club member home was Paul Ogle in 11th position overall in an excellent time of 4:32:57, deserved consolation following his misfortune at the recent ironman in Roth, Germany. Next home was Shane Scadding, a regular in the top ten at this race, but who ‘bonked’ this year on the Caha pass and even walked (yes you read that, walked!) part of the half marathon. Shane still finished in 18th position overall in 4:42:08 finishing second in his age category. Special Congratulations to Ann Hennebry who had an excellent race to win her age category finishing in 6:02:00. Other members racing, including a number of first timers at this event, all acquitted themselves excellently finishing as follows; Martin Flynn 5:42:57, John Brennan 5:52:18, Shane McDonagh 6:34:57, and Gerry O’Donoghue 6:37:46. Well done to all!