As cold dark January trundles on, Pay Day seems as far away as those New Year’s Resolutions where you promised yourself that you would unleash a new fitter better triathlete on the world. Well, here is something to aim for – Start planning for the bright, warm sunny days of summer, and a National Series Race. It is time to prepare for the Club away weekend in Westport on June 8th.

Piranha previously held a Club away weekend in Westport in 2017.  The feedback was that the venue is lovely – a very picturesque town with stunning scenery. The accommodation is in the Harbourmill Apartments and The Helm Pub / Restaurant, (Friday Night 7th June until Sunday morning -9th). These are situated right beside the Start / Finish line, so athletes can roll out of bed to the transition area. The apartment rates quoted include electricity and complimentary access to the award-winning Westport Leisure Park (which has a 25m swimming pool, children’s fun pool and Fitness Suite).  Guests also enjoy the benefits of a 24-hour Reception service, free Wi-Fi, unlimited access to Kiddies Corner, free secure car parking and complimentary use of on-site leisure facilities (sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi).

As on the last occasion we stayed in Westport we have organised a post-race evening meal in The Helm Restaurant on the Saturday night (4 courses for 30 Euro per head). An opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We will organise numbers for the meal closer to the race date.


So what is the Triathlon itself like? The swim for Westport Standard Triathlon (Olympic Distance) is held in Westport Harbour (i.e. a sheltered swim and somewhere that at all times you can actually stand in the water!), so if there are any Newbies daunted by the idea of an Olympic distance, this is one of the safest swims you can do. The bike is an out and back on the road beneath Croagh Patrick, and the run is on the grounds of scenic Westport House.


Triathlons (particularly National Series races) tend to fill up quickly as does accommodation, so to ensure we are sorted Piranha has made a provisional booking. I have linked the Harbourmill Apartments and costing email below – Essentially there are 2 Twin / Double rooms with 2 Bathrooms / Kitchen / Lounge for 410 Euro for the 2 Nights (102.50 per head if 4 sharing). They are requesting a Deposit for each Apartment by the end of January (100 per Apartment). I have created a Google sheet to the Apartments listed 1-12. People can book in until January 30. One person in each Apartment will act as lead and put their name / contact number to pay the deposit. The other guests can subsequently reimburse. Harbourmill will not hold the apartments for us beyond January 31, so you need to act fast!

Below is the email from Harbourmill:

For your reference, I have detailed below information regarding your provisional booking arriving the 7th June for 2 nights.


We are holding you the following:


Harbour View Apartment:

Sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: Double room en suite.  Bedroom 2: Twin room with a guest bathroom.

Open plan kitchen, dining and living area.

Total Apartment Rate: €410.00 for 2 nights x2


Harbour View Apartment:

Sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: Twin or double  room en suite.  Bedroom 2: Twin room with a guest bathroom.

Open plan kitchen, dining and living area.

Total Apartment Rate: €410.00 for 2 nights x10


12 apartments sleeping 4 people per apartment.


Total : €4920.00

Deposit : €1200.00 due on the 31st January 2019

Balance due on the 17th May 2019.






Here is the link to the Google Sheet to fill in booking for Club Away Weekend Accommodation




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