The ‘Spirit of Triathlon’ award was presented to Leo Hynes and Stephen Corrigan (Chairman) at the Westport Triathlon last week. They were the first paratriathlon team to ever complete Westport Triathlon. A well-deserved award. Thanks also to Tommy Carton (Leo’s other partner in crime). Leo has become visually impaired in the past couple of years and in recent months has returned to triathlons.
“Over the last 3 years I have watched in complete awe as many of you took part in Ironman Barcelona. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever attempt the same journey. In 2015/16, as a spectator in Callela, Barcelona, I climbed the steps from sea level up to the road to the cycle route and actually thought silently to myself ‘You are all mad!’. I’d had to stop at least 5 times to catch my breath, which was no surprise, as my lung functions were approx. 40%. However, thanks to a medical trial and new drugs for CF, when I returned to Calella in 2017, (as a spectator yet again!), I bounced up the same steps and thought ‘This is really great’..
When I came home from Barcelona, I started to wonder to myself ‘Could I push my new found health to the limit and attempt an Ironman??’ Big dreams, considering I had only ever done sprint triathlons and Mizen2Malin on tandem in 2017 (thanks again lads). However, I’m a firm believer in: You should always give things your best effort and have a go; better to fail than not try at all and be a life time wondering if you could have done it. With that in mind I signed up, got myself a coach and started to train like I have never trained before.
Now, I still don’t know what will happen on the 7th October apart from the fact that I will stand on the start line (at my fittest) and give it my best effort, along with all our club mates. Completion is my goal, hopefully before the lights go out (apologies to this supporting crew for the long day ahead of you!!). So far, my journey has been one of ups and downs. I’ve had two major setbacks and a couple of minor hiccups, but all-in-all I feel fantastic, I’m really enjoying the training and the company of my training buddies (Orla and Norma).Because an Ironman is exercised-based, I want to use my effort to raise money for the exercise grant for PWCF (People with Cystic Fibrosis). This is provided by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland to people all around the country. Exercise is paramount to all PWCF, even more so to those at end stage CF, waiting on a transplant. Club mates participating with me in Ironman Barcelona have agreed to help me raise funds for CF, (thank you all). There are sponsorship cards floating around and I have set up an Everyday Hero page which you can donate on if you wish. The link is – https://give.everydayhero.
Thank you all for your continued support. Caroline
We are holding a ‘Half Ironman Distance’ training day on Saturday 4th August at Andrew’s gym. The route consists of laps (Bike 17.6k and Run 5k). Therefore, members will have the option of doing shorter distances eg Sprint or Olympic, opting in/out as they please or doing the full Half Ironman distance. There will also be the option of a swim in Lough Hackett first. We hope as many members as possible will take part in this training event.
The next and final round is in Tuam this Wednesday evening 20/06. Sign on is located across from
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CYCLISTS are being encouraged to get their pulses racing for this year’s Great Western Lakes Sportif on June 24.
The annual event has two routes, a challenging route of 135km and an achievable 85km for those hoping to take in the sights of the picturesque route.
This year, proceeds will go to heart and stroke charity Croí, in memory of late club member John Cummins.
Event facilitator Padraig Marrey said the club felt it was appropriate to honour one of its dedicated members who served the club well.
Vincent Cummins, club member and brother of the late Mr Cummins thanked the club for honouring John’s memory.
“On behalf of the Cummins family, I would like to thank the club. It’s great John is being recognised in this way. He was an active member and served on the committee and we really appreciate this,” said Mr Cummins.
Starting in Ballinrobe town, the 135km route takes the cyclist to Partry passing Lough Carra on your right.
Turning left towards Tourmakeady, the vast expanse of Lough Mask appears to your left.
Leaving Lough Mask, it’s time for the climb towards Maamtrasna, and on the descent, Loch na Fooey comes into view. Then a further climb towards Aill Dubh with a spectacular descent.
At the bottom, it’s decision time. Left will take you home via Maam, Corr na Mona and Clonbur for the shorter 85k distance, and right, towards Leenane and you are on the longer 135k route. This route, for the more experienced cyclist, takes in stunning views of Killary Harbour, Inagh Valley, Maam Cross and Lough Corrib.
Sign on at 7.30am on June 24th at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
The 135km route leaves at 9 am sharp while cyclists taking on the 85km challenge hit the road at 9.30am.
For more info and entry see For more info click here or Email email@example.com for additional info or ring 087 7992857.
Apologies for the short notice but tonight’s TT in Claremorris is canceled due to the inclement weather conditions. The section of the route along the N17 is too dangerous for cycling. Apologies for the inconvenience but as always safety comes first.