Top of the Mourne triathlon run by Newry Triathlon Club. Report from Gail (thanks!)
1.5 k swim : Claire
40k bike: Gail
10k run: Diane (Sam's wife)
Inspired by their hubbys to get involved in a triathlon, Diane and Gail recruited super swimmer Claire, a former triathlete, to form a relay team. It was a full on Dromore affair as Gail and Claire belong to Dromore CC and Diane and Claire both belong to Dromore AC. Sam Cordner, fresh from last weekends Irish Sprint Championships where he came 3rd in Ireland in his age group, was competing but unfortunately Stuart missed the race entry deadline so was left on the sidelines to rustle up the support crew! Maybe he was scared the girls would beat him!
At registration excitement ran high when 'The Dromorians' realised there were in fact only two relay teams. Podium finish in their first race no matter what!
The race start, finish & transition area was located in Kilbroney Park Rostrevor and Claire set off first for the 5 min walk to the swim start. Conditions were pretty good for a sea swim although there was a fair headwind out to the first buoy. Gail was waiting nervously in the relay team box at transition and Claire breezed around the corner after a fantastic 1.5k swim in 32:23. She had built up around a 7 minute lead on the other relay team.
Gail headed out on the bike for the 40k cycle leg. It left Rostrevor heading along the coast towards Kilkeel before turning off towards Attical and climbing up to Spelga. Just before the last drag up to Spelga the cyclist from the other relay team, a member of Shimna Wheelers CC, overtook Gail and she just couldn't catch him. The route then headed down Spelga's bends, turned left along past Santa's cottage and down Yellow Water which was like a wind tunnel! Gail made it back to transition in 1:32:07 with a 17.1 mph (27.5 kmph) average.
Diane was very relaxed waiting for her 10k run leg and with the timing chip handed over once again Diane attacked the 3 loops of the hilly run course. At this stage Claire and Gail, along with a rowdy cheering squad, were able to cheer on Diane, Sam and a few friends from Lisburn Triathlon Club.
When Diane had completed her three laps and was nearing the finish chute the girls were waiting for her and proudly joined hands to cross the finish line together. Pure team work!
Diane ran the hilly 10km in a great time of 56:44 with the relay teams overall finishing time 3:03:23. Unfortunately for the girls, the other relay team came in with a time of 2:49:41, although they did have a male doing 2 of the legs and weren't too disappointed.
But still, a podium place!
Sam, despite apparently feeling lethargic on his run managed a great 2:35:38 on a tough course. All in all it was a great day with Dromore CC and Dromore AC combining forces and most importantly enjoying themselves. The race slogan was:
Difficult? Yes, Impossible? No and the girls proved this to be true.
Newry Triathlon Club organised a fantastic event with great support, it was well marshalled and the food was good.
(Well done ladies! DC)