A large crew from Setanta made the relatively short trip to County Kildare for Tri Athy.

Around 3,500 competed over four distances with the Double Olympic and Olympic on Saturday and the Sprint and Tri a try on Sunday. Weather conditions were mixed with dry sunny and blustery conditions on Saturday, while Sunday was wet which made racing tough. This was a well organised race in the centre of Athy, closed roads for the bike and a nice riverside run course. S

etanta members did brilliantly with Age group podiums on both days. Starting in the Double Olympic with Sheena Dullaghan (5.44.44) 2nd AG. Peter Tomany (4.51.07) and Tóraíocht Cairlinne (John Doyle)(5.58.03). In the Olympic distance, Mary Hearty (2.21.36) breezed to another AG win followed home in order by Christopher Connolly (2.26.23), Shaun Teeling (2.28.47) (doing his first Olympic distance and only his second triathlon) Pat Reilly (2.38.06), Paul Black (2.43.21), David Jones (2.48.33) (his first race after 3 years of injury and recovery) Fra Murphy (2.49.56) (4th AG) and Peader Grant (2.52.03).

On to Sunday in the sprint distance Shauna Hogan (1.20.23) took 1st in her age group (her second win in a row!), Audrius Gaudutis (1.13.27) (3rd AG) Kevin Hamill (1.15.54) (3rd AG) and Niall Henry (1.14.58) (3rd AG). Special mention to our members who were competing in their first sprint triathlons. Gavin Goss despite breaking a toe on the swim exit ramp, continued to finish in 1:24, Gareth O’Reilly 1:29 and Karen Murphy 1:34. And to Dawn Slevin our most recent member who completed the try a tri

In 1:34 Congratulations to all. Thanks to Ian Kavanagh for the idea to organise ‘club away race’. Results are on www.sportsplits.com/

Meanwhile Gerry Kenny competed in the James Mc Manus memorial sprint in Cavan.