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Sharon Cahill from Tralee (centre) who won her age category at Ironman Ireland in Youghal on Sunday and will now represent Ireland at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Sharon Cahill from Tralee (centre) who won her age category at Ironman Ireland in Youghal on Sunday and will now represent Ireland at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Sharon Cahill from Tralee (centre) who won her age category at Ironman Ireland in Youghal on Sunday and will now represent Ireland at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

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It takes guts, determination and hard work to complete a full Ironman and you need all off that and more when you are battling intense heat which faced Ironman Ireland participants in Youghal last weekend.

But despite all this one Tralee woman proved her mettle on the course completing the full Ironman on Sunday in very tough conditions to become the winner in her age group category and qualifying for the World Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii in just seven weeks time – the pinnacle of triathlon success. 

Sharon Cahill (58) from in Tralee put up on a fantastic performance completing the tough course in temperatures of up to 30 degrees to complete the 3.8km swim, the 180km bike and the full marathon of 42.2k in the impressive time of 13.43.39 and taking the podium in the 55-59 age category. 

She will now represent Ireland in Kona at the Ironman World Championships – an amazing achievement for the Kerry woman who only began doing triathlons in 2014 starting with Tri Kingdom Come in Fenit back in 2014 and she fell in love with the sport. 

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Since then she has completed a host of triathlons in various distances including three full Ironman distance just like Youghal. She is no stranger to the podium but Sunday's huge success has cemented her success as a athlete but she takes in all in her stride. 

"I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she said. 

Despite the tough conditions on Sunday Sharon who is a member of Tralee Triathlon Club. An Riocht and the Chain Gang, said she enjoyed the event and praised the huge support on the course with thousands coming out to watch the event. 

“The swim course was beautify and calm. It was one long lap and the sun was rising as we started.  Then it was a 180k bike a two lap course with Windmill Hill ( a severe climb that many had to walk) that was very tough. I walked some of it and then the marathon. It got to 30 degrees by then,” explained Sharon. 

"The support was unreal. People were just amazing, they were hosing us down and had sun cream and ice-cream.” 

And now it is time to rest for Sharon before the World Championships on October 6 in Hawaii. Her daughter Aoife will travel with her and she too supported her in Cork along with her husband Denis. 


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