Pat Keogh Construction I-Tri Ennis

Pat Keogh Construction I-Tri Ennis

There was a fantastic atmosphere at the Pat Keogh Construction I-Tri 2015 in Ennis, County Clare on Saturday the 25th of July last.  Between the junior event, the try-a-tri and the Sprint distance races there was in excess of 400 athletes registered to race on the day.   Conditions were perfect for racing with a flat lake, some sunshine and light winds. The junior athletes were first to race, with the 6/7 years old being the first athletes in the water followed by their older competitors all the way up to a category for the 14/15 year olds.  All events were hotly contested with plenty of smiles on the day. The action then moved onto the adults with the try-a-tri race being the first of the adult waves into the water with an earnest effort being made by all competitors.

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The Vodafone National Series sprint distance race was spread out over three waves with the mens race in particular being a tightly contested affair with the eventual winner Ross Higgins being first male out of the water with a gap of a mere 12 seconds over his closest pursuers, Ben Walsh and David Shelley and the defending champion Stephan Teeling Lynch completing the swim in the 2nd fastest swim time overall posting 10.13.   Little separated the top three men on the bike with a gap of only 13 seconds on the bike split times with Alan O Brien posting the fastest bike leg of 31.59 for the 20km route.   A quick transition by Ross Higgins ensured that he was first on the run course but he was caught around the 3 kilometer mark by David Shelley who was running strongly.  David Shelley made a number of attempts to pull away from Ross Higgins over the last 2 kilometers of the run but to no avail, with the Limerick TC member able to contain his lively rival.  The last 600 meters of the 5km run proved decisive with Ross Higgins doing just enough to break the tape for first male home with a late determined sprint proving too much for David Shelley. It was a fantastic performance by Ross Higgins who continues to improve with each season.

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The ladies race proved to be equally compelling with Marie Boland the ladies winner in a time of 1.09.35, a mere 30 seconds ahead of Lisa Horgan with Anna Grealish placed third.     Rianne Croock posted the fastest swim time of the ladies and was out of the water in a blistering 10 minutes 53 seconds. She was closely followed by Lisa Horgan, Marie Boland and Anna Grealish.   The valuable time gained in the swim leg of the race by Lisa Horgan was clawed back on the bike by Anna Grealish and Marie Boland who both put in a powerful performance to post excellent bike splits.  The run was a closely contested affair with Ms. Marie Boland doing just enough to post the best overall time for 1st place ahead of Lisa Horgan who was home in second with Anna Grealish, despite a very strong run time of 18.48, placing third.   

For what has been a very bleak July the weather Gods shined on Ennis Triathlon Club the hosts of the race with occasional sunshine and dry conditions. A section of the public road adjacent to Ballyalla Lake was closed to facilitate the large number of competitors entered in the event.   It proved a fantastic day for all involved with music, gourmet catering, children’s face painting and the small matter of a National Series triathlon keeping all the competitors, their family and friends entertained in the Banner County.   Ennis Triathlon Club is very grateful for the fantastic support shown for the race which continues to grow each year and in particular would like to extend their warm gratitude to their local clubs  who supported the event; Galway TC, Limerick TC, Go-Tri TC, Predator TC, West Clare TC and Boru TC. Roll on iTri 2016.     

TI Media Images by Oisin McHugh Here and Gordon Thomson Here 

Full Results Here