What a great turn out for the LTC Junior Aquathon today in UL Sport, with over 70 Junior Athletes attending. Hosted last year with Predator, this was the first time Limerick hosted this race solo, and it was a huge success. We had great support from Predator with over 25 athletes travelling from Loughrea. Also represented were Ennis Tri Club, Cork Tri Club, Fingal Tri Club, GoTri, Limerick Swimming Club and more.
We had 24 kids in the U9’s race. Spread across 4 lanes in UL pool the kids all swam 50m before heading out to transition with a 500m run up to the front pitches. Oisín O’Grady from Clare was first over the line for the boys with a clear win. Darragh Horgan and Cian Murphy battled it out for second and third. Darragh Horgan’s speed was to be too much for Cian this time, Darragh taking second place. Ally Cunningham was first in the Girls U9’s with Ava Rochford in second place and Nina Bodamer from Predator in third. Also racing were Limerick’s Kate Ryan, Erica Murphy and Conal Purcell.
With 22 racing in the 10-11 age group and the kids being that bit older …. The race was a little tougher, the swim was 100m and the run was a full lap of the front pitch. First home for the boys was Ralf Bodamer from Predator, with Limerick Tri Clubs Brendan Quinn in second and Geordan Mangan also of Predator in third. First home for the girls was Bláthnid Ryan from Limerick Tri with Carla Griffin and Saoirse Davis both from Ennis in second and third.
Nineteen juniors raced in 12-13yrs category – with 4 lenghts of the pool (200m) and a 2k run. Ronan Barrett was a clear winner being a strong swimmer (Ronan swims with Limerick Swimming Club). Second was Conor Ahern of GoTri and third was Ben Ryan from Predator. Irish Tetrathlon champ Alex Stewart from Limerick was first for the girls with Predator’s Leah Connaughton in second and Ava Barrett, sister of Ronan, in third.
Predator’s Cian Cloonan had a great race in the 14-15yrs, with 300m swim and 3Km run Cian sped across the line with ease. Maeve Lane was first out of the water with a strong swim in the girl’s race. Maeve is from Limerick Tri and is coached by Mark Dempsey. The race was a great spectacle as Maeve ran hard to hold off Predator’s Caron Ryan to win over all. Caron had a strong run and came in second while Elise Sorg-Walshe from Fingal was in third.
“We want to thank you all for travelling, a special thanks to Tony Daley and Predator for their continued support. Thanks also to the Marshals, the club committee and to Alan Ward and all in UL Sport, without all of you we would not have had the race today!” says Race Director Niamh Yelverton.