Keane headlines Hell of the West

The 31st annual ‘Hell of the West’ Triathlon takes place Saturday, June 27th in Kilkee Co. Clare with a maximum capacity, 1200 competitors set to take on the challenge.

The course consists of a 1500m swim in the Atlantic Ocean, 44km cycle along sections of the Wild Atlantic Way followed by a 10km out and back run.

The race hosts the second round of the Triathlon Ireland Super Series along with the age-group focused Vodafone National Series and is always a highly competitive event.

The men’s TI Super Series race sees Cork professional Bryan Keane, ranked 35th in the World Triathlon Series, take to the start line as he uses the race as preparation for the European Championships in Geneva in just two weeks’ time. He will face some healthy competition in the form of elite development squad member, Aichlinn O’Reilly from Westport Triathlon Club, Rory Sexton of GoTri Triathlon Club, Commonwealth Games representative Harry Speers, Owen Cummins, Trevor Woods and Charles Maltha.

O’Reilly, in his first year as a senior competitor has two race win’s to his name already at Lough Cutra and Westport and will be looking to stay in touch with Olympic hopeful Bryan Keane this weekend.

Rory Sexton finished 2nd at the BORUMAN Triathlon in Killaloe two weeks ago and has amends to make after a disappointing showing over the Hell of the West course in 2014 where he finished outside the top 50. Sexton is coming off the back of a large training block so is another who will have his sights set on the podium.

The ladies TI Super Series race see’s the return of Standard Distance National Champion and Hell of the West winner, Carolyn Hayes. Hayes, living in Limerick and a member of GoTri Triathlon Club covered the distance in 2:17:17 last time out as she led from start to finish. Racing sparingly during the early season due to exams, Hayes is looking to build her fitness for European Cup events later in the season.

Eimear Fitzmaurice, a member of the Base2Race training group was disappointed to miss out on the podium in round one of the TI Super Series in Athy after she suffered a troublesome T2, but with her blistering run pace is likely to be a contender this weekend. Fitzmaurice has traditionally exited the water down on the swim leaders so will be hoping for flat calm swim conditions to minimise the deficit.

Rachel Clancy of host club Limerick TC currently lies 3rd in the TI Super Series and has strength across all three disciplines so will be hopeful of another podium finish. Amy Wolfe is another competitor who can win if she is in good form.

The race starts from Kilkee beach at 9:30am on Saturday morning. Follow the action via twitter on @tri_ireland or the hashtags #BeMore and #HellOfTheWest.

Race Briefing Available Here (please ensure you have a TI Membership or One Day Licence)

2014 Results Available Here

Female Super Series Entry List

First nameLast nameRace number
Julie AnneBOWDEN50
ClaireMCLERNON51
AnnaGREALISH52
KathrynFAHY53
JenniferO'CONNELL54
CliodhnaSPAIN55
AdeleNEILL56
RachelHAWKER57
KittyPerle58
JenniferAlger59
RachelCLANCY159
EimearFITZMAURICE208
Carolyn MariaHAYES454
LauraTIGHE480
BredaDALY526
LauraWARD676
LizanneBARNWALL686
AmyWOLFE990
NiamhSTEIN1003

Male Super Series Entry List

First nameLast nameRace number
EdwardBRENNAN1
MaciejBRUMM2
BrendanBUCK3
AlexandraCREMONA4
OwenCUMMINS5
ConstantineDOHERTY6
RichardDOYLE7
KevinEGAN8
AlexGRAY9
RossHIGGINS10
BrianKINSELLA11
Brendan GMURPHY12
PeterNEILL13
EdwardO KEEFFE14
AichlinnO'REILLY15
CathalQUINN16
DavidSHERIDAN17
HarrySPEERS18
StephanTEELING LYNCH19
TrevorWoods20
BryanKEANE21
CharlesMaltha22
AaronObrien23
AlanKENNY178
BrianHARRIS209
KevinSWEENEY275
RorySEXTON465
StephenDONNELLY510
JohnHOWLETT546
AnthonyMULHOLLAND615
IanFARRELL644
KieranHOPKINS672
PaulRUTHERFORD713
EoinLYONS977