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Top of the Mourne Triathlon

📁 Results

A hardy bunch of Olympians made their way on Saturday to Rotrevor at the foot of Slieve Martin on the coast of Carlingford Lough to take on ‘Top of the Mourne’ Olympic distance race.

The race had a very pleasant un-triathlon like start time of 1pm allowing us to enjoy a more relaxed approach to the morning. The weather was kind and allowed us a dry race around a very picturesque part of the country.

The Olympians where primed ready for action with another instalment of the battle of the Ciaran’s to take place in the kingdom of Mourne. Hartley had a secret weapon in the form of a very menacing looking rear disc wheel and Carolyn was spotted in the background doing a Rocky-esque warm-up, all the while Mr Smart looking very composed ready to attack from the get-go.

The sea swim was as expected, choppy and challenging but very pleasingly ‘Jelly-Fish free!’ The was great crowds that lined the swim exit and along the road to transition that was nearly a kilometre in length. In the water Heater Foley was saying she felt a bit panicky but her excellent swim-split did not reflect with Pete emerging from the watery stuff in pole position.

The race had a slick feel with Triathlon Ireland on board because of the races national series status and the compere announced every-one by name as they entered the transition area, albeit not very accurate in all cases – “Conor McCandy”

The bike route was flat, fast and had a tail wind the entire route! (In the world of opposites.) I think everyone who signs up for the race knows what to expect and it has to be one of the most challenging bike routes on the triathlon calendar with a climb up towards Spelga Dam and a fast, challenging decent down the other side that encompasses the infamous ‘S Bends’ which is a strict no tri-bar zone – ‘for good reason.’

After completing the gruelling 40km bike route, competitors took on the tough 10km run which included three laps through Kilbroney Forest park. The terrain was a mixed bag of road, gravel, grass, hilly mountain bike trails and sharp decents – Just what the legs needed after the bike route.

The finish line was at the top of a ‘travellator-like’ hill (think Gladiators) to treat the spectators to some final competitor suffering.

Afterwards when the pain was forgotten I can easily say that it was one of my favourite events I taken part in and the organisation was superb combined with the top class post-race refreshments supplied by O’Briens sandwiches.

Some good performances by OTC, notably Heather Foley taking the female top spot and Pistol Pete Williamson taking third place in what was a toughly contested male podium tussle!


Pos Name Time Age Cat Cat Pos Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
3 Peter Williamson 02:20:12 Ages 35 – 39 2 00:22:25 00:00:58 01:13:26 00:00:55 00:42:31
6 Heather Foley 02:25:03 Ages 30 – 34 1 00:22:44 00:01:06 01:17:31 00:00:59 00:42:46
31 Conor Mcgandy 02:37:10 Ages 25 – 29 4 00:24:16 00:01:10 01:24:37 00:01:05 00:46:04
54 Ciaran Carolan 02:44:39 Ages 50 – 54 5 00:27:03 00:01:06 01:23:54 00:01:15 00:51:24
61 Ronnie Smart 02:47:16 Ages 45 – 49 6 00:31:16 00:01:19 01:21:03 00:01:10 00:52:31
62 Ciaran Hartley 02:47:30 Ages 40 – 44 15 00:32:29 00:01:26 01:24:16 00:00:58 00:48:23


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