ATHLETES competing in Saturday's Waterville Triathlon were graced with perfect conditions on the big day for what is one of the stiffest challenges on the national triathlon calendar.
Over 140 took part which included 26 teams and it was local woman Geraldine Breen who stole the headlines, taking top spot in the Ladies event. Originally from Waterville and living in Sneem, Geraldine came home in a time of 1hr 39m on a course that takes in some of Kerry's finest scenery. Meanwhile, Trevor Wood clinched first place in the men's event in a time of 1hr 18m, eclipsing last year's winning time by just 17 seconds.
The route started from the grounds of The Waterville Lake Hotel with a 750m swim in Lough Currane. While it may be early summer, full length wetsuits were required and with the water 'obstacle' complete, a somewhat more difficult challenge followed.
The Coomachiste Pass is deemed one of the more difficult ascents of the Ring of Kerry cycle and competitors on Saturday made the journey over the top and down into Derrynane, only to cycle back over the pass again on the return to Waterville where a 5km lake shore run followed.
Established in 2010 to raise funds for learning and resource support at St Finian's National School, co-organiser Miriam Lyne said she was delighted at how the third hosting of the event turned out.
"There were perfect conditions as we were blessed with the weather and we had a fabulous day with widespread entries, including competitors from as far away as Cork and Wicklow," she stated.