Large Club presence at Rosses Point Triathlon

Saturday, 31 July 2010


The picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point played host to the Rosses Point Sprint Triathlon on Saturday last 31 July, but one would be forgiven for thinking that they were transferred to a miserable, windy, wet day in mid October, such were the conditions endured by the competitors. Triathletes are a touch bunch and a little choppy water, some head on rain and wind; a long bike ride and a challenging run would not deter these hardy souls.

There were several athletes from the South Donegal area amongst the almost three hundred who braved the elements, dashing into the water on the first wave at 11.00am, for a 750m swim, followed by a 20k (?) bike and a 5k run, to defy the unkind weather gods, and all reported pleased with their performances despite the trying conditions.

First across the finish line from the local training group was the ever-consistent Barry Duffy, who with two excellent transitions clocked a superb 1.24.59 for the three-discipline event. Following closely and perhaps the most improved athlete of the group, was Noel Hoey, who with a super 21.30 on the run clocked an overall total of 1.26.27.


Sizzling on the heels of Noel were the local relay team, the Hot Babes, with Sinead Donagher slicing through the waves on the swim leg, (15.17) Eleanor Rooney burning rubber on the bike leg, (46.37) and Gabby McGloin scorching the tarmac on the run leg, (23.44) for an overall total of 1.26.29.


Chasing the Hot Babes to the line were the inseparable Diarmaid Keon and Paul McDevitt, who crossed the line with identical times of 1.27.00. Donagh Keon was next up with a good 1.32.46, followed by Canice Nicholas in 1.34.22; Jane McDevitt in 1.34.39; Julia McMullin, only recently returned, with a good 1.42.23 and Brian McMullin with 1.53.13 on the clock.

Other local athletes competing were: Patrick Grimes (1.22.00); Terry O’Brien (1.25.14); David McLoone (1.36.27); Philip McLoone (1.45.06) and Michael Shanley.

Congratulations and well done to all, on what was a tough and testing day’s competition. Training continues as normal at the usual venues and times.