3rd July 2017 at 2:15 pm #12832
The second Piranha weekend away took place in Cobh. This race featured a mass jailbreak of triathletes, in which almost 40 Piranhas participated, from Spike Island past the Irish naval base to the mainland.
The weekend will be best remembered as one in which the club, and many others, honoured our former clubmate, Karen Fenton. Race Director, Billy Burke, paid a very nice tribute to Karen prior to the race, while during it, many Piranhas wore wristbands bearing her name and the ovarian cancer fund established in her memory (indeed, these wristbands were borne far from Cobh over the weekend). Additionally, three of Karen’s family raced, each completing all three legs of the race.
As it happens, on the course, namesake, Vanessa Fenton, was the first female Piranha home and in the top ten women (and also first in her age category). Vanessa is one of a growing number of established 3D athletes moving cross town to the warmer climes of the Westwood pool (and jacuzzi!). Siobhan Forman continued her good form, coming in second. She was followed by Linda Clarke, who no doubt relished the open sea challenge, duly posting one of the fastest swim times overall.
On the men’s side, there was a reprise of the battle at Westport, in which Ivan Eustace and Killian Nolan were the first two Piranha men home, again with only seconds between them (and both in the top ten). Wily operator, Ivan, again kept his nose in front, as as he continues his quest for AG glory. There will surely be more battles between these two before the season’s end! Niall McDonnell, was the next man home, just outside the top ten. Richie Dooley had some bad luck, being mis-directed. He got to see more of east Cork than he wanted, but didn’t let that deter him, as he finished the course. Simon Lawlor placed first in his age group.
The races are coming thick and fast now and it’s only really a matter of keeping the engine humming for the next challenge, back inland to Lough Ree and the Two Provinces sprint on Saturday week. The corresponding handbook will be posted in due course.
3rd July 2017 at 5:59 pm #12842
- This topic was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by RichieD.
Great update Richie. Better luck next time with the directions!
Just to clarify I was the fourth female Piranha home after being overtaken by the newly married Siobhan Duggan on the bike who came in third. Also congrats to Martina Duignan who placed third in her age group and thanks to Siobhan Forman for organising the accommodation and meal.3rd July 2017 at 10:12 pm #12843
Thanks for the correction, Linda. Apologies and well done to Siobhan Duggan. Former Piranha, Amy O’Keeffe, was second women home…..but Cork Tri pockets those points!
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