The Lost Sheep 2019 – This challenging middle distance race, run by our friends at Cork TC, combines a cycle through the stunning Beara peninsula, taking in the Healy & Caha passes, and a run that make’s our own HoTW course look down hill. But it was the swim at this years event that proved to be the real challenge – the tide had just turned to go out as Micheal Healy Rae fired the starting shotgun, and a combination of wind direction, the flow from the overnight rainfall and the pull of the outgoing tide, meant that only the faster (or left hand side starters) would beat the tide. The fastest split of the day was 5 minutes slower than expected, the longer you were in the harder it got, with more than 50 of 400, missing the extended swim cut off. It was rough after all at the training to be stopped at this point.
Once out on the bike, conditions were perfect and Ronan Costelloe (4:44:47) was our first member home, with an AG win in 8th overall, just 6 days after qualifying for the 2020 Worlds at the Dún Laoghaire 70.3 – what a season Ronan has had. Another athlete putting in a fantastic season, Luke Lyons was 4th out of the water, winning his AG at his first Middle distance in 4:56:07. Another rookie to the distance, Caitríona Farrell (5:55:48) made up ground once out of the water to come 3rd in her AG, with Sinéad Walsh (5:50:10) & Mary Ryan (6:46:46) also coming 3rd in theirs. After a busy season Ed Fahy (6:11:15) was 2nd in his AG.
Well done to: Stephen Cunneen 5:00:47; Christian Jones 5:06:40; Noel Keane 5:18:12; Alan Glover 5:19:55; John O’Sullivan 5:20:56; Noel Higgins 5:27:41; Shane Cullinane 5:43:57; Mike Quinlivan 5:42:29; Dan Shanahan 5:54:58; Peter Hunt 6:02:47; David Jefferys 6:12:05; Graham Power 6:18:48; Pat O’Brien 6:26:11; Oliver Foley 6:52:17; Marcella O’Neill 7:02:52
And thanks to members, family and friends for the support and encouragement out on the course.
Lough Key Sprint NS – Well done to Christy Power