Tri Success for Tír Chonaill AC Triathletes

Saturday 21st June 2008


The Club had a double success at the Mullaghmore Triathlon this morning Saturday 21 June, when new comer to the event Noel Thomas made a sensational debut with victory in his category in the short course event, while the relay team of Elizabeth McIntyre (750m swim); Tony Cummins (20k bike) and Shelley Roper (5k run) took a superb third place with 1.16.41 on the clock, from 13 relay teams.


The club had a total of ten athletes compete in the triathlon; the full course is half the Olympic distance with a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run, while the short course has a 350m swim. For Noel Thomas, who last year was involved in a serious biking accident, this was his redemption, strong in the water, powerful on the bike and fast on the run, he crossed the finish line delighted with his performance.


Club stalwart Pat McManus, competing in his second Mullagh Triathlon, after setting himself a target last year to learn to swim to compete, was delighted with his performance this time round, with a massive improvement on his last outing.


Ballyshannon man Jonathan Kennedy was impressive with his 1.15.30, while other first timers, Niall Clancy with 1.22.20 and Canice Nicholas with 1.25.05 were delighted with their performances. Vinny Duffy, a UK Ironman competitor from last year, but because of work commitments this year was unable to give the time to training, but was nevertheless delighted to see 1.34.06 on the clock. Tullaghan woman Brenda Morris competed on a second relay team with Philip Murphy (750m swim); Brenda (20k bike) and Brian Thursby (5k swim) to take a good fifth place in the relay section with 1.18.54 on the clock.


Ballyshannon men, Kieran Mulligan with 1.13.31 and Patrick Grimes with 1.19.39 along with members of the Temple family, Lynn, Patrick and Rose, from Donegal Town were all delighted with their performances.  Congratulations and well done to all.


Results Short Swim.pdf

Results 750m Swim.pdf


Vinny Duffy crosses the finish line


Tony Cummins after cycle leg


Noel Thomas after finishing


Pat McManus finishes the swim


Short Course Swimmers at the off


Shelly Roper on the home straight


Pre-race briefing


Niall Clancy after the finish


Jonathon Kennedy begins the run


Canice Nicholas crosses the finish


Brian Thursby finishes relay


Philip Murphy after swimming leg


Peter & Kieran Mulligan with Canice Nicholas


Elizabeth McIntyre (750m swim)


Linn Temple near finish