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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Meeting the challenge

Published 15/01/2013 | 10:51

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FINGAL TRIATHLON Club is looking forward to 2013 after the last 12 months proved to be its most successful year since the growing club was established in 2009.

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Fingal Triathlon Club was established by a small, highly motivated group of Fingallians in 2009 and since then the club has gone from strength to strength, according to club chairperson Mary Crosbie. Speaking at the Club's recent end of year awards night, Ms Crosbie said: ' This year has been our most successful year to date, we have over 100 enthusiastic, athletic members training with Fingal Triathlon Club, which is now firmly established on the national triathlon scene. 'In 2012 new and existing members challenged themselves to train and take part in sprint, Olympic, half Ironman and full Ironman triathlon distances providing inspiration and motivation to all members.'

The club chair added: ' Triathlon is not exclusive to the super athletic or fit. It is a great fun way to meet new people while getting fit and challenging yourself to something different.' Fingal Triathlon Club trains in a variety of locations in the Fingal region. Swim training takes place in the National Aquatic Centre while the runners train on the ALSAA track and cycle training is achieved through a combination of turbo training and on road cycling. Many Fingal Triathlon members can be seen gracing the roads of North County Dublin at the weekends clocking up kilometres in preparation for race days. Triathlon takes in three disciplines in the following order; swim, bike and run. The name of each race is a clue to the distances involved. For example, a 'Sprint Triathlon', which is the smallest race, involves swimming 750m followed by a 20k cycle followed by a 5k run in that order and immediately one after the other.

'Olympic' distance is double the Sprint distance, while 'Half Ironman' is double the 'Olympic' distance and ' Ironman', which is considered the ultimate achievement, is a gruelling 3.8k swim, 180k cycle and 42k run. Fingal Triathlon Club has members ranging from all ages. 'While some members are competitive it's not all about winning races,' according to club PRO, Siobhán Moore.

She added: ' For many the challenge is about being the best that you can be and trying to beat your best time in your next race. There is a great connection between like minded people in our club who are enthusiastic, passionate and highly motivated people.' Looking ahead to 2013, Fingal Triathlon Club is holding a number of races this year including three duathlons, one triathlon and an 'aquathon'.

The duathlons which comprise run, bike, run will take place on Saturday, February 2 and March 30 from the Ring Commons Sports Centre. All races commence at 10am. Fingal Tri Aquathon will take place on Wednesday, May 29 to coincide with the Balbriggan Summerfest this comprises a 750m swim followed by a 5k run. Skerries Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 23 and will feature a number distance triathlon races included a half ironman distance to mark the 30th anniversary of the first triathlon to be held in Skerries.

All races can be booked on Triathlon Ireland website www.triathlonireland.com. Information on Fingal Triathlon Club can be found on the club website www.fingaltri.ie or on Facebook.

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