KILKENNY castle is set to be over run by 800 of the country’s fittest athletes this week end who will swim, run and cycle their way through the Kilkenny triathlon course in pursuit of that elusive personal best.
There is already huge interest in the sport in Kilkenny, with the county’s first triathlon club going from strength to strength.
The Kilkenny Triathlon club recently scored their first podium finnish at the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon when Nichola Dooley Nolan finished in second place in a time of 1.15.43.
Another member of the club, George Sherwood, has just returned to Kilkenny after completing a gruelling 10 hours Ironman Roth in Germany. Mr Sherwood completed the 113km in 10.49.
Over 800 triathletes are expected to partake in the Kilkenny Triathlon on Saturday. This year, there are a range of distances to suit differing levels of competitors.
There is an Olympic triathlon for the more experienced athletes; a Sprint for those who prefer the shorter distance; and a Super Sprint for those who are new to the sport.
Father and son
Relay options also allow for those who are not yet confident in all of the three disciplines (Swimming, Biking and Running) to join in the Experience with friends as part of a relay team. There is already one father and son team this year – and the son is in his forties!
The company behind the Kilkenny triathlon, TriGrandPrix holds triathlons in three separate countries, the UK, France, Spain, the Basque Country and Ireland.
The international experience of TriGrandPrix has attracted an international entry to the Kilkenny triathlon. Of the 800 participants, many are coming from the UK, Spain and France, creating a truly international feel.
TriGrandPrix (www.trigrandprix.com) wpuld like to thank the OPW, the Gardai, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Water Safety, Sub Aqua and Triathlon clubs, HSE, Fire Department, etc. for all of their support.