Saturdays OLYMPIC DISTANCE RESULTS
Sundays SPRINT DISTANCE RESULTS
If you visit our Facebook page for photos (link above on the right) you will hopefully catch a glance of yourself or your team-mates/ friends/ relatives during the race.
Thanks again to:
Order of Malta
Sligo Civil Defence Lifeboat
Sligo County Council
Sligo Sub Aqua Club
Chain Driven Cycles
Sligo Kayak Club
Rosses Point Yacht Club
and of course all the volounteer marshalls who gave up their time on a bank holiday weekend to make the Festival run smoothly.
Hope ye all enjoyed the racing; plenty more stuff to come this summer with the Warriors run, Lough Key Triathlon (with some of our ex members involved in running that one), Galway half Iron and the end of season Kilmore Tri Club race.
Well done and thanks to all who travelled; with a bit of luck we'll see ye back in 2013.
Training continues as usual for Sligo triathletes -in the sea, pool and Sligo IT.
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OLYMPIC IN SLIGO THIS WEEKEND!
Rosses Point Triathlon Festival 4-5 August 2012, Rosses Point Co Sligo
Excitement is building Rosses Point Co Sligo as competitors from the UK, USA, Netherlands, Spain and the Czech Republic, and from all over Ireland make their way to the Rosses Point Triathlon Festival over August Bank Holiday Weekend. Renowned for beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery, ‘The Point’ as it is known locally, is the location for one of the most scenic triathlons in the world. With hundreds of competitors swimming, cycling and running, the Festival is billed as a family event, both for participants and spectators.
Sligo Triathlon Club is organising the event in the ‘spiritual home’ of Irish Triathlon. One of the biggest clubs in the country, members hotly anticipate the opportunity to race on home turf against some local talent and against many of the top triathletes visiting from other Irish and International Clubs. They will compete in Sprint and Olympic distance races. Swim-out is at 9am both days. With competitors starting out over staggered timed stages, they will come through the Beach Car Park at Rosses Point three times where they transition from swim, to bike and then to run, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric. Spectators will see plenty of action as they cheer the competitors taking on this beautiful race location.
The Olympic distance race is on Saturday 4 August and consist of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle and 10km run. Some of the big names in Sligo Tri Club, (expect Eamonn McAndrew, Neil Walton, Caoimhe Ni Mhurchu and Saoirse O'Donoghue to feature on the podium) will be wearing the red and black Sligo Tri kit on the day, hoping to take a home win for Sligo. Traditionally, Sligo was best known for its long distance racing. In the 1980s and 1990s they were a firm fixture on the calendar. The Club in its newer form has decided to get this distance back on to the annual calendar and once more, making Sligo the home of Triathlon in the North West.
Sunday sees the Sprint distance event with a 750 metre swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Maybe shorter than the Olympic, but still a considerable challenge to competitors, some excellent finish times expected. The event is part of the National Junior Series and most of the finest young triathletes in the country will be posting some blistering times, possibly taking overall first place for both males and females. Watch out too for the women who took part in the inaugural Sligo Tri Club Women’s Triathlon training programme last October, some of whom had never run a race or could not swim a length of the pool. These athletes will definitely be targeting a personal best when flying the Sligo Triathlon Club colours on Sunday.
Keeping the fun in triathlon, the first ever Metalman Kids Triathlon takes place on Saturday at 3pm. There will be six different fun categories for ages ranging from 4 – 15 years and a specific transition area with proper bike racks. All you have to do to enter these races is to join Triathlon Ireland. Triathlon Ireland are supporting Sligo triathlon club in running children’s races so the only criteria or cost is the grand sum of €1 for membership of Triathlon Ireland.
Sligo Triathlon Club is offering a club prize for teams comprised of six club members. For the club that finish first place, there will be a cash prize of €500, €300 for second place and €200 for third prize. These teams must be comprised of at least two female members and each member of the team must be an individual entrant. Across both days, Sligo Triathlon Club will be offering €200 each to the first male and female home, along with a small memento of the day. All prize information can be found on our website – www.sligotriathlon.ie.
This is the fourth year running that a sprint triathlon event will be held on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Sligo. This year stands as it sees the return to a proud triathlon tradition in the County with the reinstatement of the Olympic distance triathlon for the first time in over 30 years. With new generations taking to the sport in their droves, Rosses Point Triathlon Festival is not to be missed. For further information see: www.sligotriathlon.ie or see Sligo Triathlon Club on Facebook.