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⭐️ Gold and Silver Wins at National Sprint Championships ⭐️

For club members Mick, Olivia, Ger, Kate and William, all roads led to Dunmore East last Saturday for the Boland’s BMW Hook or by Crook National Sprint Championships race; after a 2 year wait due to lockdowns, this was an eagerly awaited event and hotly contested by some of the best tri-athletes from around the country. The race featured a beach to beach 750m swim, an out and back 20km cycle on the Dunmore to Waterford road and a testing 5km run on the golf course before crossing the finish line. Yet again, some really sterling performances yielded some medal finishes and rankings. Coach Mick Macken raced his way to a National Sprint Championships gold medal πŸ₯‡ with fellow coach Olivia McCartin taking home the silver medal in her category πŸ₯ˆ and Junior club member William McDonnell’s outstanding race saw him come in 5th in the Junior category and top 20 overall. πŸ‘πŸ» On to Co Wexford on Sunday where a picturesque Rosslare strand provided the backdrop for the Pikeman Olympic standard di
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Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

 Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon this past weekend offered a private lake swim, a bike around the Burren and a run that took in stunning grounds and a chance to cross the finish line at the front of the castle. And despite a notoriously challenging and very testing race route, 10 members of Athlone Triathlon Club showed up, raced hard and conquered that course! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ–€πŸ’› Toeing the start lines over the 2 days of racing in Co Galway were Mick, Olivia, Ger, Declan, Derek, Brian, Γ‰ilis, Maureen, Therese and Colette and with lots of steely determination and fantastic racing efforts across the distances, ATC picked up some podiums and age group wins on the day.  Declan Kelly, in his second ever open event, took on the Super Sprint Event over a 400m swim, 20km cycle and 4km run distance and following a superb performance in each discipline, achieved first place overall and took the gold.  Derek Nugent, racing in the Standard Distance Triathlon Event, pulled off a blistering performance over a 15

⭐️ National Title comes to Athlone ⭐

Lough Cutra Castle provided the beautiful scenic backdrop to a tough and hotly contested National Championship Aquabike event last weekend, which saw Athlone Triathlon Club’s very own Coach Olivia McCartin put in an incredible performance in the women’s race earning her the first place podium and the title of National Aquabike Champion 2021.  The Olympic distance race saw Olivia complete her 1.5km swim in a superb time of 28mins 21secs and together with a swift transition and expertly executed performance on the 40km bike route, she sailed across the finish line in a total time of 1hr 41mins 56secs clinching the title.  An outstanding athlete, a fierce competitor, a passionate, inspiring and dedicated coach and the most modest and humble member of our club; we are beyond proud to have this legend as our role-model, club-mate and friend.  Join us in congratulating Olivia on her amazing achievement!  Well done Coach……you smashed it! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ–€πŸ’› Read more on  triathlonireland news #athlonetr

ATC Training Aquathon #3

Our August Aquathlon Series has come to an end ….. and what a finale it was! 🀩 The past 3 weeks have seen our club members take on a quick and tough little course at Coosan Point, designed to sharpen their skills, and provide the opportunity to race their hearts out and leave nothing behind! πŸ’ͺ🏻 The most poignant aspect of these training evenings has been watching juniors, complete beginners, novices, advanced and even elite club members lining out together to race alongside each other, inspire each other, learn from each other and light that competitive spark and desire to push through to that finish line. A real showing of mutual support and club spirit πŸ–€πŸ’› A special mention to our Junior club members for their incredible performances over the 3 events and for teaching us all some valuable lessons about true sporting determination and that “can do” attitude!! The future is shining bright with these young athletes and we are excited to see it play out 😎 Plans are in place and exci

ATC Training Aquathon #2

It was a dull and dreary evening and the rain poured down for the second event in our Junior Splash and Dash and Senior Aquathon Series last weekend; but the weather didn’t dampen the club members spirits and determination to leave nothing behind as they lined out to race their hearts out! πŸ’ͺ🏻 As always, plenty of laughs and banter, friendly competition, mutual support from clubmates and volunteers and some pretty fierce racing on a quick but testy little course! ☺️ In the words of Coach Mick, “it’s easy when it’s easy; but it’s definitely better craic when it’s as tough as it was tonight” We’re excited for the finale this Friday!! πŸ–€πŸ’› #athlonetriathlonclub #athlonetriclub #ATCMovingForMentalHealth #TrainingTogetherWhileStayingApart #AthloneTriJuniorClub #iTrainWithAthloneTriClub 

ATC Training Aquathon #1

The sun was shining on our athletes yesterday as they raced their hearts out in  the first event in our August series of Training Aquathons in our native Coosan Point!  First off the mark, our Junior Superstars took on their “Splash and Dash” event, supported and cheered on by novices, elites and coaches, and showing each and everyone a thing or two about steely determination and chasing that finish line πŸ’ͺ🏻☺️  Hot on their heels, our Senior Club Members toed the line and gave their all on a testing race route. Beginners right through to more seasoned athletes raced side by side and not only supported one another but allowed that friendly competitiveness to challenge each other to push the limits. 🏊🏻‍♂️ πŸƒπŸ»‍♂️ Some amazing racing and plenty of that ATC club camaraderie!  We already can’t wait to see what unfolds in part 2! 🀩  #athlonetriathlonclub #athlonetriclub #ATCMovingForMentalHealth #TrainingTogetherWhileStayingApart #AthloneTriJuniorClub #iTrainWithAthloneTriClub

Loughrea Triathlon Festival

Yesterday was a big day out for ATC with a great crew heading to Loughrea for a National Series Sprint, Junior National Series festival and a Try-a-Tri for those wishing to venture into the world of racing.  First off were the juniors, with incredibly competitive fields and some of the best up and coming athletes in the county taking part. Our first athlete off, Senan Mc Donnell finished in third place overall in the 14/15 age group, with the third fastest swim and run splits. He was followed by big brother William in the 16/17 age group, who took another brilliant third place overall. What an exciting future lies ahead for these talented lads. Next up was our own Declan Kelly, taking part in his very first open event in the Try-a-Tri over a 300m swim, 11km cycle and 3km run. Overcoming the nerves, Declan got stuck in, coming out of the water in 7th place. A blistering performance on the bike and run saw him taking 2nd place overall, an amazing achievement, especially considering he co