Belpark TC Celebrates 30 Years

Belpark Founders Pic

Belpark Triathlon Club celebrates 30 years

2016 marked a very special year for Belpark Triathlon Club as it celebrated its 30 year anniversary, making it the oldest club in Dublin and one of the longest running clubs in the Ireland. Since its foundation in 1986 by Margret Burns and friends, the club has been one of the pioneers of the development of triathlon in Ireland.

The anniversary year was highlighted by an 1980s themed special event in the Merry Ploughboy located in the foothills of Dublin mountains on 3rd December. Past & present club members attended including some of the founder members and committee officers such as Margaret Burns, Karl Vekins and Dave Madigan (pictured). The club had extra cause for celebration, following success in winning Club of the Year at the Triathlon Ireland awards ceremony on 26th November and the awarding of TI Club mark scheme.

The audience at the anniversary event were treated to classic race footage of Dublin City Triathlon from 1997 when the race was organised by Belpark’s Eddie Lane, and a hall of fame video which outlined the key competitive successes of Belpark members, both domestically and internationally over the past 30 years.  A major highlight of the evening was a “Happy Birthday Belpark video” compiled by Belpark member Arron Fox with contributions from across the triathlon community including Triathlon Ireland CEO Chris Kitchen, and Olympic medallists Alastair and Johnny Brownlee.

Thanks to all those who contributed to the event, including the organising committee (Ellen Murphy, Declan Bagnall and Andrew Boyle), video/photographers Konstantin Antipenko and Arron Fox, and Bernard Hanratty, Vice-President Triathlon Ireland who represented TI on the night.

Belpark is looking forward to a busy 2017, starting with a New Members’ Evening on January 14th as well as the Phoenix Park Duathlon Series, one of which will be National Series this year.  

Anyone interested in finding out more about club or activities, or who may have additional Belpark archive material to donate can contact Belpark at http://www.belparktri.ie/contact-us/