Well done to all who raced the T.I. National Series Duathlon in Limerick today. This is one of the earliest races in the TI calendar and is organised by Limerick Triathlon Club.
There were a record number of entries with 204 entered to race, however the weather put off a few less hardy souls and 169 raced in the downpour at St. Enda’s Sports Complex.
The course was rough, a difficult cycle on wet roads with a strong cross winds and sheet rain, but that didn’t stop Irish Triathlon Aaron O’Brien. Aaron had a great race winning by over a minute coming over the line in 46:04. Second was Junior Darren Dunne from Nenagh and third Alan Kenny 3DTri.
In the women’s race Marie Boyle from Spiddel was in third but GoTri dominated the podium with Second place, Becky Coughlan and First place Anna Crooks. The race is the first in a series of inter cub races for GoTri, Ennis and Limerick so this puts GoTri out in front in the women’s.
Top Juniors today were Limerick’s Elaine Yelverton and Nenagh’s Darren Dunne.
We had over 27 clubs participating today with over 35 racing from our own club, noteworthy performances form Limerick Tri were Dave Beary second in his age group in a time of 51 mins. Lisa Horgan also showed true colours winning her age group in a time of 1:00:35, Brain Campion also raced well coming in 3rd in his age group in 49:14 as did Orla Power coming second in hers.
All results are now online thanks to Dean in SportsTiming http://www.sportsplits.com/Home/QuickResults?clientId=74&raceId=11&raceName=Limerick%20Duathlon
Huge thanks as always to our dedicated and committed sponsors, Dave Fitzgerald from FlitzFlora for the great flowers, Marcella from O’Neills Mace, making sandwiches for us at 6am on a Sunday morning, Gleesons Sports, Smarter Travel Limerick for the bike lights.
Thanks to Rachel Deegan our MC for the day, to Gina O’Connor and all in St. Endas, to the Red Cross for all their help. Thanks to TI Media photographers Gordon Thomson and Oisin Mc Hugh, and to Patricia Hough also.
Thanks to Aidan Durack Race Director, and his committee for their support, to the Marshals aged from young to old(er)… out in the rain since 8:30 this morning helping out today. Thanks to all the athletes and their families who gave up their Sunday to race, support, cheer and drink tea.
Next weekend we will do it all again…. Well they will and we will race !! http://www.bannerduathlon.ie/ GOTRI Racing Triathlon Club