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Weekly Roundup – Race Season Begins!!!

Weekly Roundup – Race Season Begins!!!

The long winter is finally over and we have been blessed with some glorious weather over the past few weeks.

A few from OTC made the short jouney to Camlough last Wednesday night in rush hour navigating the Balmoral show traffic for the 1st race in the Crooked lake Aquathon series. It’s always an unknown getting back into the water after the winter awaiting the usual frigid shock, however the recent rise in temperatures made the dip into Camlough lake a refreshing and pleasant swim with some mild ‘chop’ to contend with before heading out on to the testing run course! Congratulations go to the Conor McGandy who took the top spot in the M21-M30 category on the eve of his 30th birthday. Stiffer tests await the club sec this season as he moves up an age group and recovers from the birthday celebrations over the next few weeks!

Athlete Name Category Swim Trans Run Finish
Conor MCGandy (M21-30) 0:12:23 0:00:47 0:20:23 0:33:33
Conor Preshaw (M31-40) 0:15:19 0:00:43 0:22:34 0:38:35
Keith Bradley (M41-50) 0:15:43 0:01:11 0:25:04 0:41:56
Megan McCann (F21-30) 0:23:28 0:01:22 0:32:56 0:57:45

Roe Valley Triathlon ā€“ Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Report (Ali McConnell)

I would like to be able to start this report by saying that Saturday 13th May 2017 dawned sunny and bright, however unfortunately that was not the case, and competitors were subjected to cold, wet and windy conditions. There was a good turnout of Olympians who made the journey to Limavady ā€“ 6 males and 5 females, some seasoned triathletes and some in the early stages of their triathlon career. There were 5 swim waves, in total. The girls all swam in wave 2 making for a more realistic and competitive race, and the males were spread across the other waves, according to their estimated swim times. Transition was on the grass at the front of the leisure centre and it was only a short distance to the bike mount and dismount line. The bike leg followed an out and back course over rolling hills. Head and cross winds on the way out, coupled with the rain, made for a hard slog. The return leg was much faster, with a tail wind and a lot more downhill than uphill. The run route was also out and back and was very flat which led to some fast run times. We were treated to free ice cream at the finish and enjoyed a hearty post- race feed. Unfortunately not all the club members stayed for the food and prize giving, and so missed out on the opportunity of the customary club photo. I would encourage members to stay for the food at races as this is where you get to mix with your fellow Olympians. We had 2 age group prize winners ā€“ Heather Gould in 30 to 34 age group and Ali McConnell in 50 to 54 age group, who was 4th female home

11th Chris Fleming 1:05:46

27th Chris McKeown 1:10:08

37th Ronnie Smart 1:14:06

56th Ali McConnell 1:19:30

63rd David Sinton 1:21:09

81st Heather Gould 1:26:25

82nd Aoife McKeown 1:26:47

88th Mark Gormley 1:28:54

89th Siobhan Skates 1:29:30

94th Gary Hazlett 1:31:44

112th Jackie Donnelly 1:36:24

Next up on Sunday was the Victoria Park Duathlon (2Mile / 10Mile / 2Mile)

A pan flat course and a good opportunity for a speed workout saw 3 Olympian TC members turn out. A twice out and back run within the park was follwed by the same format on the bike on the relativley quiet Airport Road with plenty of support from the Police marshalling the course.
Conor Preshaw’s appearence in a tri suit puts him just one race shy of the total completed in 2016, while Joe Howells made his 1st ever apperance in a multisport event! Megan McCann put in a second solid outing of the week and is in good shape ahead of taking on the Crooked Lake triathlon in a few weeks time.

Pos Firstname LastName Finish Run1 T1 Bike1 T2 Run2
16 Conor Preshaw 00:58:35 13:50 01:16 27:03 01:09 15:18
33 Joe Howells 01:04:13 14:16 01:15 31:58 01:13 15:32
62 Megan McCann 01:19:55 18:22 01:46 37:06 01:46 20:58

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Finally Congratulations to Bill Laverty who took on ‘the island’ at Ironman Lanzarote! We will publish Bills story of attrition as soon as he gets back!

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