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Clonmel to host first Triathlon Ireland sanctioned Duathlon

Organised by the dedicated race committee of Clonmel Triathlon Club, the duathlon will take place on 26th March 2017 at Ferryhouse, Clonmel just off the Bulmers roundabout on the N24. This race is the first Triathlon Ireland sanctioned event to take place in Clonmel.

A duathlon is an endurance event comprising of a run, bike and a second run. It is a continuously timed event. The person to complete the course in the shortest time is declared the winner. No special equipment is required to do a duathlon. A good pair of runners, road worthy bike and helmet are the key items. Suitable clothing for weather on the day is advisable. A certain level of fitness is required as the run is 4km, bike is 23km and the last run is 4km. Check out our Facebook page Clonmel Duathlon for training tips. We encourage beginners, new to sport to enter. We have a relay option so there could be one cyclist and one runner on a team or 2 runners and one cyclist.

Race headquarters is the Ferryhouse complex on the Waterford road with ample parking and great facilities such as showers, toilets and changing areas. We are grateful to Bobby Mc Cormack for the use of the complex. The 4km run course will start in Ferryhouse and athletes will be directed toward Clonmel turning left and running through the popular Mulcahy Park and left again will bring participants back toward Ferryhouse, along the newly opened greenway by the banks of the River Suir. The run course is flat and fast.

Once back at Ferryhouse the athletes will enter transition, pick up their bike and begin the 23km bike leg. The bike course will start by crossing the 330 year old “Sir Thomas Bridge” before heading toward Kilsheelan, a very sheltered and undulating road along the foot of the Comeraghs. A sharp left hand turn will bring the cyclists through the picturesque village of Kilsheelan and left again back toward Clonmel on the main Waterford road. This section of road is flat and fast with a great road surface. At the Bulmers roundabout all athletes will again turn left and begin their second lap on the bike before returning to Ferryhouse to start the 2nd 4km run leg. They will finish the race beside the transition area.

The race will start at 12 noon on March the 26th and we are delighted to have the Mayor of Tipperary Andy Moloney available to get proceedings under way. The athletes will be well looked after on the day with 50 marshals to ensure their enjoyment, along with members of the Garda and Tipperary Civil Defence. We are also grateful to Tipperary County Council for their expert input into the successful running of this event,

Excellent prizes are on offer and entrants will also receive a goody bag and post- race food. A local physical therapist will be on hand to ease post -race soreness. A DJ will keep things rocking and a bouncy castle and face painting will keep the kids smiling. All in all in promises to be a great day for race entrants and spectators alike.

Online registration There will be limited on the day entries available. Please try to register in advance.

Clonmel Triathlon Club was formed in October 2014 by a local group interested in the sport of triathlon. The idea was to put in place swim/bike/run training to facilitate people from Clonmel and surrounding areas with a similar interest and also put in place a solid foundation for the sport to grow in the future.

Since then we have seen fantastic interest with the club's membership increasing and all training sessions well attended and huge interest in our popular swim session.

Laurence Begley, Bobby McCormack (Ferryhouse), Claire Kinsella, Andy Maloney (Mayor) Maria Coleman, John Falvey, Gareth Coleman (race Director) and David Hogan.