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Weekend Roundup 06th & 07th June

📁 Results

5 things we learnt.

1) 60% of the time it works….every time
Crooked lake Camlough, the swim is dicey, the bike course is tight, and the run saps every ounce of strength from your legs, but the sun is always shining and there’s never a hint of wind. But this year it wasn’t to be the case. Athletes were greeted with a choppy lake and the warning of the dangers of deep sections and disc rims in high winds coupled with heavy downpours. One of the toughest editions of Crooked Lake to date saw 15 Olympians make the short trip to south Armagh and all negotiated the course safely and all finished with a few pb’s gained on the day.

2) Team sky take note…this is how Olympians change wheels
Not seeing the warning put out about the strong winds forecast Ciaran “deep section” Hartley turned up to Camlough with an 80mm front wheel, however in a show of sportsmanship fellow Olympian Chris Fleming leant Ciaran a standard front wheel to enable him to compete safely. This may be the last time we see such a gesture as Ciaran continues to progress up the leader board there may be fewer offers of such help in the future.

3) Old age and treachery will overcome youth and enthusiasm
Ciaran Carolan was using Camlough at the weekend to see if his calf muscle had recovered from a recent injury, but when Conor Preshaw bridged over to him on the run he decided that the calf had been tested enough and promptly lit the afterburners to leave Conor and several others in his wake. Conor will be taking a more ninja like approach to future run legs as he was taught a lesson by the wily veteran.

4) Form is temporary…Class is permanent
Serial age group winners Dessie McHenry, Joanne Bingham and Heather Bamford didn’t let the weather at Camlough put them off as they each stormed to claim their age group wins.
Chris Fleming narrowly missed out on an age group podium with another excellent display. Glen Pollock put in a strong performance as he continues his comeback from injury. David McConnell seems to be reaping the rewards of spending cold Saturday mornings going up and down the cols of Drumbo. Tim Brown arrived on time and there were solid performances from Kevin McCormick, Sheena Convery ,Frances Carragher and Philip Bailie. A standout performance was given by John McCullagh in his first ever triathlon to finish inside the top 100 in a high quality field

5) The green green grass of home
After racing in Gort only a few weeks ago Bill Rafferty returned to Co Galway on Sunday to take on the Salthill sprint triathlon. Racing on home turf Bill used his ‘local knowledge’ to finish inside the top ten claiming an age group podium also.

Crooked Lake Results
27 Chris Fleming 01:06:49
75 Ciaran Hartley 01:12:37
78 Ciaran Carolan 01:13:06
84 John Mccullagh 01:13:39
90 Conor Preshaw 01:13:55
110 Glen Pollock 01:15:21
131 Joanne Bingham 01:16:40
139 Desmond Mchenry 01:17:12
174 David Mcconnell 01:19:54
195 Kevin Mccormick 01:21:03
255 Tim Brown 01:24:44
262 Heather Bamford 01:25:05
390 Sheena Convery 01:33:24
440 Frances Carragher 01:40:09
482 Philip Baillie 01:48:05

Salthill Sprint results
10 Bill Rafferty 1:11:49

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