TRIATHLON TRI­UMPH!

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

SUN­DAY’S warm weather didn’t de­ter over 240 par­tic­i­pants from tak­ing part in the Har­bour­man Triathlon, con­sist­ing of a 1,500m swim, a 40km cy­cle and a 10km run.

At first there were fears the swim sec­tion would have to moved out­side of Wick­low Har­bour be­cause of an oil spill. How­ever, tidal move­ments re­solved the prob­lem and a swim­ming pro­hi­bi­tion no­tice was lifted in time for Sun­day.

The swim con­sisted of two 750m laps of Wick­low Har­bour as a huge crowd gath­ered to cheer ev­ery­one on.

The 40km cy­cle started on the Port Road and headed to­ward Rath­new be­fore di­rect­ing to­ward the Bee­hive. Cy­clists then fol­lowed the old N11 road south, fin­ish­ing around a kilo­me­tre be­yond Jack white’s Inn.

Com­peti­tors then em­barked on the 10km run, head­ing out to the Port Road for 2km be­fore turn­ing the way they came. Hav­ing gone past the Leitrim Lounge, the next des­ti­na­tion was over the bridge onto the South Quay. This was the first of two laps of Wick­low town.

The run pro­ceeded to take in the light­house at the end of Wick­low Har­bour and the Black Cas­tle.

From there com­peti­tors ran down Quar­an­tine Hill and back onto the South Quays as far as the junc­tion with Bridge Street, head­ing to­ward the even­tual fin­ish­ing area.

The dif­fer­ent male Har­bour­man win­ners were Paul McAl­lis­ter, Ian Far­rell, Daragh Lynch, Garry McCarthy and Garry Crossan.

The fe­male win­ners were Tamara Maxan­tova, Marie-Tri­ona Keane, Jen­nifer O’Con­nell and Ben­von Lyons.

Wick­low Triathlon Club were praised for the highly ef­fi­cient way they or­gan­ised ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the help­ful stew­ards who guided, di­rected and en­cour­aged the com­peti­tors as they passed along the event’s route. Lo­cal Gar­dai also as­sisted to en­sure the race ran as smoothly as was pos­si­ble. It was only the sec­ond year for the Har­bour­man but is al­ready prov­ing quite the draw.

Ath­letes await the start of Wick­low Triathlon Club’s Har­bour­man triathlon on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Deirdre Doyle mov­ing on from the swim­ming to the cycling events.

Clodagh, Ju­lian and Leon Power keep­ing an eye on the ac­tion.

Kil­ian Brady and Miriam McCor­mack.

Paul No­ble pre­pares for the start of the race.

Natalia San Ben­ito and Mia Clarke.

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