A LARGE CROWD of athletes rose to the challenge and completed the Kilkenny Triathlon Club’s first ever duathlon on Saturday.
The race, which was held at Mount Juliet, saw a field of more than 140 athletes test themselves on a 3km run within the picturesque grounds of the estate. Duathletes them took on a 19km cycle through the surrounding countryside before heading back to Mount Juliet for a second 3km run.
Keith Heary, a member of the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club, was a convincing winner of the event. Heary completed the course in less than an hour, clocking in a time of 57 minutes 02 seconds, finishing four minutes ahead of his nearest rival. The race for second place was closely-fought one as Brian Slattery (Waterford Triathlon Club) crossed the line some nine seconds ahead of Kilkenny Triathlon Club (KTC) member Ronan Meally. The pair finished with times of 1.01.29 and 1.01.38 respectively.
There was keen competition in the women’s race also, with KTC member Irene Henebry leading from start to finish on her way to victory. Henebry completed the first challenging 3km run in just over 14 minutes, establishing a good lead as she came into transition for the bike leg.
Although her nearest challenger, Eithne Coogan from the Deenside Wheelers, cut the gap to just a few seconds on the bike course, Henebry stayed in front until the final run leg, crossing the finishing line in a time of 1.10.11. Coogan followed in 1.11.52, while Martina Nolan was third in 1.12.28.
The next best-placed KTC members were Averil Atkinson, who came fifth overall in a time of 1.13.48 and Anne O’Gorman who finished just a second behind in sixth place. KTC also claimed fifth and sixth places in the men’s race also, thanks to good performances from Dale Kennedy (1.03.44) and Stephen Dermody (1.03.50).
KTC and FitForLife members, sisters Una and Deirdre of Team Scott were convincing winners of the relay event. They finished the race in a time of 1.10.51, completing the course with more than a minute to spare over second place finishers Catriona and Noel Corr.
For many of the athletes it was their first experience of competing in a duathlon race. It proved to be a highly successful and enjoyable day. The club thanked all supporters and sponsors, the Gardai, Kilkenny Hunt and the Order of Malta for their assistance on the day.
The first 22 athletes home were: 1 Keith Heary, 00 hrs 57 mins 02 secs; 2 Brian Slattery, 01:01:29; 3 Ronan Meally, 01:01:38; 4 Niall Byrne, 01:02:46; 5 Dale Kennedy, 01:03:44; 6 Stephen Dermody, 01:03:50; 7 Ger Griffin, 01:04:13; 8 Paul Byrne, 01:04:28; 9 Eamonn Hodge, 01:06:00; 10 Jamie Watson, 01:06:43; 11 Brendan Nugent, 01:06:48; 12 Shane Daly, 01:07:08; 13 John Monaghan, 01:07:14; 14 Michael Coleman, 01:07:18; 15 Pat Young, 01:07:43; 16 Patrick Coady, 01:07:54; 17 Darragh McGuire; 18 Paul Dermody, 01:08:31; 19 John Carey; 20 Billy Quinn, 01:09:21; 21 Irene Henebry, 01:10:11; 22 Edward Long, 01:10:43. Full results available on www.kilkennytriathlonclub.com.