Friday 9 December 2016

Amazing photo shows moment stag collides with competitor during Dublin race

Cian Murray

Published 29/08/2016 | 13:47

A fallow buck sits with does in the afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A fallow buck sits with does in the afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As if completing a triathlon wasn't hard enough, the competitors at this weekend's Dublin City race had to deal with wild stags causing chaos on the Phoenix Park track.

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This amazing photo was captured by Erik Scraggs and it shows the moment a stag collides with Dublin City Triathlon competitor Shane O'Reilly.

O'Reilly was left with a cracked helmet and a slightly damaged race time, but was luckily uninjured.  

According to RTÉ, the 30-year-old was able to complete the race with a time of two hours and 25 minutes.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTÉ's Liveline, O'Reilly said: "My helmet (was) cracked. I was lucky I had it on... I got back on the bike and then sort of forgot about it until I finished."

He added that one of the racers helped him get back on his bike.

He said: "There was a guy beside me up. My break was a bit banged up... He helped me up and told me to go do the Lotto."

The picture has sparked mass discussion on Twitter, with one user saying: 'Deer hazards aside, this is the best place in Dublin to go for a run (maybe not a cycle!). I love Phoenix Park.'

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