Tuesday 20 August 2019

Brennan takes the spoils in first Rosslare triathlon

THE FIRST Rosslare Pikeman Triathlon took place in Rosslare Strand last week and under beautiful sunshine. Just short of 100 triathletes were treated to a perfect location for an Olympic distance triathlon with clear blue flag water.

The swim route had to be shortened and changed to 750m due to choppy conditions, however the support of kayakers, RNLI, coastguards and Rosslare Surf Club meant that the swimmers were in good hands.

The competitors had to swim out around two buoys before emerging from the water to enter the transition area.

The 42km cycle route consisted of two loops of a flat and very fast circuit toward Wexford town and back.

The 10km run took competitors on two laps of a spectator-friendly course around Rosslare Strand village.

The race was won by Edward Brennan in one hour, 54 minutes, 46 seconds. Edward was strong across all three disciplines and was never under pressure. Alexander Williams took second in two hours, 46 seconds, followed by Brendan Back who was pleased with a time of two hours, three minutes, 33 seconds.

For the ladies, Suzanne Murphy also had a considerable winning margin, finishing in a time of two hours, 19 minutes, 57 seconds. Diana Stafford was second in two hours, 32 minutes, 35 seconds, followed by Frances Buckley just over a minute behind. Ten relay teams also competed in the triathlon.

Thanks to all who gave up their time to help and ensure a successful, wellorganised triathlon.

Thanks to Kelly's Hotel for providing food and refreshments after the race.

Congratulations to all the organisers, stewards, supporters, friends, and well done to all who crossed the line. See you all next year.

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