SEVEN HUNDRED and seven people ran, swam and cycled through the streets of Kilkenny last weekend as part of the Kilkenny Triathlon in an event that brought nearly 2,000 supporters into Kilkenny.
One of the organisers of TriKilkenny, Emmet McAviney, said that the event had gone off almost with out a hitch. He said “We couldn’t have asked for better weather. A huge crowd turned out to watch the swim and the Left bank was wedged for the prize giving. It was a great success and a great way to promote Kilkenny and the castle.”
The real winners on the day were all of the competitors who finished the gruelling course. The main event was a 1.5 km swim through in the river Nore followed by a 40 km cycle to Bennetsbridge and all topped off with a two laps of the castle park to give a total distance of 10 km. The first man home on the day earned €1,000 prize money. Owen Cummins was the first man home in the Olympic distance. Mr Cummins finished the course in 01:48:42. He took 14 minutes to complete the swim, 56 minutes to cycle and 35 minutes to complete the run. The rest of Mr Cummins time was spent during the transition from water to bike , and bike to run.
In second position was Raul Amartriain in 01:52:08 and in third position was Jordi Pascual Sales with 01:54:18
Not all the competitors were competing to win. Some were running for fun, and others were in training. Eoin Caldwell was taking part in the Kilkenny triathlon as part of his training for the Galway Ironman. Mr Caldwell who lived in Bennetsbridge until recently, is taking on the 70.3km Ironman challenge in aid of autism Ireland along with Keith Duffy from boyzone. Despite it only being a training run Mr Caldwell came out of the river in Kilkenny in 19th position and finished with an over all in 69th position. He said “Kilkenny race was a good run but I drank a bit of the Nore on the way down.” If you’d like to support Mr Caldwell’s fund raising visit http://www.mycharity.ie/event/eoin_caldwell_event/