Thanks to a €400 grant from Sports Active Wexford the club has been able to buy a 4.5m by 4.5m event shelter plus a bench which should prove very useful in 2015 with a Triathlon and big Mountain Biking event in the pipeline!
Five 795ers toed the line of the 2014 Dublin City marathon on a relatively warm but very windy October Bank Holiday Monday. The marathon never fails to throw up surprises and drama and 2014 didn’t disappoint! Our brave five really did the club proud and battled to the end setting some great times.
Trish McCord, in the company of her sisters, continued a fantastic year clocking 4hr 34 minutes. What a great year for Trish. David Tully had to call on all his reserves and willpower as the wheeels came off mid way but still managed to finish in 4hrs 15mins. David had trained very well for the race and possibly got the pacing wrong but showed real character to finish. Bernie Black – take a bow! A terrifically paced race, Bernie came home in 3hrs 59 mins and 76th in her age category – what a race! Bill Barry struggled to fine the right pace but dug deep to finish in an excellent 3hrs 34 mins despite hitting several walls along the way! Mike Ryan came into the race with an nagging foot injury but showed his usual race smarts and ran a very even paced race to finish in a super time of 3hrs 30 mins and 80th in his age category. The marathon remains one of the toughest events around full stop, to finish is an achievement and not to be underestimated – to the five we salute you!
Nigel and Trish McCord have zipped around the country in a ton of sportives this year and helped spread the Racing795 gospel! For good measure Nigel has been on the mountain with the bikers also and Trish has thrown in some excellent half marathons in 2014 with 1 hour 48 minutes clocked for the Dublin half marathon in September. Keep flying the flags guys!
Peter Coulahan successfully completed the Hardman Ironman Triathlon again this year – they don’t call it the Hardman for nothing! The cycle itself is the very tough Ring of Kerry. Peter’s report
“13.38 – 1.14 swim, 6.46 bike, 5.24 run. Suffered like a dog from about 90km on the bike and for the whole run. Hadn’t realised how much the bike would take out of me with no real training. It was physically the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s going to take my body a long time to get over it. Came close to dropping out a few times. Glad I stuck it out. Officially retired from all long distance races for at least 5 years now.”