Centra Fastnet Sprint Triathlon - Race Preview

Schull 2016 Swim Entry

The third round of this year's BMW National Triathlon Series will be taking place in Schull, West Cork on the 9th of June. A harbour swim, fast bike and flat run make it an ideal race for triathletes of all levels. Schull Triathlon Club have kindly sent us the below preview of their race:

The Centra Fastnet Triathlon is a firmly established annual event in Schull in beautiful West Cork. It takes place on the second weekend of June each year and attracts a lot of visitors to the area making for a fun and lively atmosphere around the village.

Schull 2016 Swim Entry

The Centra Fastnet Triathlon will be a serious race and will be fiercely contested by some of Ireland's elite triathletes. This year it will be part of the BMW National Triathlon Series, so there will be plenty of talent for spectators to see, ensuring some tight racing and fast finishes. However, for most people it will be a race against themselves, trying to beat their time from last year! So, whichever camp you fall into, the race is ideal for you. There is enough of a challenge to make it interesting and it’s a relaxed enough atmosphere to make it enjoyable. The race takes place on 9th June so there’s plenty of time to get in peak shape no matter what your finishing time will be.

The sprint triathlon begins with a 750 metre swim within the sheltered confines of Schull Harbour in a triangular course, making it less congested and easier to sight while swimming. The 20 km cycle starts with a short, tough climb then flattens out as you take in some of the West Cork landscape and head towards some terrific coastal views on your way to the 10 km turn around point. As you make your return towards Schull you can see who is trailing you, and if you need to speed up or slow down! The 5 km run off the bike is fairly flat and has magnificent coastal views out over the Atlantic to several of the islands. You get to see these all on the way back too so even if you’re suffering you will have a nice view! For spectators, the transition area is contained in the grounds of Schull Community College, making it ideal and safe for families and children to see the action. Thanks to Brosnan's Centra for all of their support as well as supplying great goodie bags and The Edge Sports for super age group prizes.

Donncha Kiely Schull 2016

As a previous winner once said "Come for the triathlon and stay for the craic!"

To enter the Centra Fastnet Triathlon, visit the TI Race Calendar.