Monday 22 July 2019

The Pikeman Triathlon goes to Rosslare

Maria Pepper

Wexford Triathlon Club brought the Pikeman back to the Blue Flag beach of sunny Rosslare Strand for a hugely successful event.

Led by race director Andrew O'Brien, the Triathlon Club worked with the Council and gardai for months to ensure a top class challenge and the highest standard of safety with 100 marshals covering water, bike and run courses.

The race is an Olympic standard distance including a swim of 1.5k, a cycle of 40k and a run of 10k and the course suits all triathletes, from those wishing to try the distance for the first time to more experienced athletes who like a fast course. The bike and run are flat courses and ideal for all levels. There is also a relay option.

Lifeguards who normally patrol the beach were in attendance on the day along with safety boats and the Irish Coast Guard.

Spectators were catered for with a transition area and catering tent at the beach car park and adjoining green space.

'We are very grateful to local people in Rosslare who are very accommodating and helpful when it comes to organising this event. The atmosphere in the village was electric with the finish line positioned on the beach', said a club spokeswoman.

She thanked the sponsors including Coast Rosslare Strand; O'Shea, Bramley & Breen Vetinary Hospital, Wexford, Westgate Design, Green Acres, Kelly's Bakery, The Bike Shop, Stafford Bonded, Only Natural, Robert Hassey Electrical, Performance Base, Wexford, Sharky's Fish & Chips, Rosslare Strand and MW Hire, Wexford.

This year's race attracted competitors from all over the country and the men's category was won by Eoin Lyons from Waterford with local woman Ciara Wilson winning the women's section. Plans are already under way for Pikeman 2020 with the possibility of the race being a National Series event.

New Ross Standard