The numbers just keep on growing as a record number of young triathletes, 43 in total, took to the water on the slipway at Carlingford Sailing Club for the third Setanta Triathlon Club Youth Triathlon on Saturday last.
Although many of the youngsters, aged between 8 to 15 competed in last year’s event, the majority were novices keen to try their hand at this new sport.
The wet showery weather didn’t dampen the youthful enthusiasm that was in abundance on the slipway start line. It started with a short sea swim, out and around the four tied kayaks, then out into transition on the grassy bank to collect their bikes for the multi lap cycling and one lap running loop.
Each age group, both Primary and Secondary school pupils, completed different lengths/laps according to their particular age category, but each category set off at a slightly staggered start time, to allow exciting races to take place.
The Boys race was won by Eoin McDaid, who was second last year, and did one better this time around with a time of 20.10. The first girl home was Noah Cawthorne coming 2nd overall in 20.27. In the Minor Girls race, first place went to Aoife McDaid (20.50) ahead of Roisin McDaid (21.26)
The first relay team home was the combined team of Caoilte O’Rourke/Curran and David Murphy (19.59) who all got a fantastic cheer at the finish.
Despite the early start of 11am that morning, and the wet blowy conditions, the event was enjoyed by competitors, club members, parents and spectators some of whom doubled as event marshals to ensure the safety of the young participants.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and it was fantastic to see so many children with huge smiles on their faces whilst they were competing and finishing. The day was capped off with all the young triathletes proudly wearing their finisher medals, whilst most of the marshals headed to Dan’s.
Thanks to all marshals: Jolene, Mary, Colin, Mickey. Nuala, Fra, Clodagh, Fergal, John and all the others who helped out on the day.
Thanks to all involved, espically the Carlingford Sailing Club, the local Garda for their presence at the event. All proceeds, €205 in total, was donated to the local SVDP.
Minor results - Caoilte O’Rourke/David Murphy (R) 19.59; Eoin McDaid-20.10; Noah Cawthorne-20.27; Aoife McDaid-20.50; Roisin McDaid-21.26; Odhran Duffy-21.43; Peter Shields-21.51; Niall McGuinness-22.03; Fearghal Malone-22.19; Oliver McGuinness-22.30; Luke Boyle-22.38; Tom Cowling-23.02; Clodagh Shine-23.10; Peter McStravieli-23.45; Joshua Finlay-23.50; Christopher McGuinness-24.00; Cillian Duffy-24.08; Eimear Curtin-24.13; Ronan Byrne-24.25; Declan Curtin-24.36; Suzy Woods-24.37; Eauna Reilly-24.38; Andrew Laverty Bent-24.39; Mia Smith-24.40; Niamh Byrne-25.00; Joe Dunne-25.34; Elizabeth Shields-25.44; Sorcha Cassidy-25.46; Coran Lindsey-26.13; Holly O’Donoghue-26.33; Moux -26.50; Max Lennon-26.55; Eimear Shine-26.59; Sofia Challoner-27.47; Lenna Mallon-27.54; Seana McGuinness-28.02; Kellie O’Donoughue-28.18; Rebekah Woods-28.20; Dylan Meehan-28.48; Aidan Ryan; Cara McAvinney; Erica Murphy; Daire McDaid.