Limerick and Belpark Race for Ireland

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Teams from Limerick and Belpark triathlon clubs will line out for Ireland this weekend at the European Triathlon Clubs Mixed Relay Championships in Banyoles, Spain.
The clubs qualified through their performances at the mixed relay championships in Belvedere House, Mullingar earlier in the summer and will line out against clubs from nine other countries in a 4 x 4 super sprint race.
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Limerick Team

The Limerick Triathlon Club team is made up of Carolyn Hayes, Ross Higgins, Kirsten Huysamen and Diarmaid Lane. All members of the team are either full time students or staff of the University of Limerick and train at UL Sport's Arena alongside some of Triathlon Ireland's Elite Performance Squad.
Mixed Relay Champs Nolan O'Brien Run
Limerick finished 2nd to Cork Triathlon Club (CTC) after an exciting comeback in the latter half of the race at the National relay championships, which saw a close finish between Mark Nolan and Aaron O Brien, who both came neck and neck out of T2 following a tactical bike leg. Due to a clash with CTC's key home event, The Lost Sheep in Kenmare this weekend, CTC decided to withdraw a team from the European's which opened a slot of the National Bronze medalists, Belpark Triathlon Club. The LTC team are kindly supported by long term club sponsors PJ Mattews and Westair. 
Mixed Relay Champs Celebration

Belpark Team

Belpark's team consists of cat 1 athletes Brendan Crawford and Ellen Murphy, alongside club newcomer but experienced triathlete Marie Boland and John Morris. The latter two replaced Derval Devaney and Art McManusa who were both unable to race in Spain due prior commitments.
The format for the race is the same as in the National Champs with each team member completing a super sprint triathlon of 250m swim, 5km draft legal bike and 1,500m run before tagging their next team member in a female-male-female-male format.
Start lists and further details for the race are available on triahtlon.org and keep an eye on the Triathlon Ireland facebook and twitter feed over the weekend for updates on the Limerick and Belpark's performances.