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Racing 795 AGM 21/11/2019 Secretary’s Report

Hard to believe we are nearing the end of another year and so the reminiscing begins again! 2019 was Racing795’s 11th year in competition.

With each year the club has grown, not only in membership but also in the range of sports and competitions the red, yellow and black club colours are represented at. This year we had members competing in triathlons, ironmans, mountain bike races, duathlons, cross country running, adventure races, running events, trail runs, swims and cycles.

We may be classed as a small club but my god we are a mighty club.

Our club had members compete all over the world with Don taking on Ironman Barcelona, Eimear the Paris Marathon, Bill the Liege- Bastogne-Liege Sportive, Elaine the New York Marathon, Rosie a 10km in Winterthur Switzerland and Ciara Dunne in the British Columbia Mountain Bike Race.

Our club had members compete in Triathlons of all distances all over the country from Carlow, Blessington, Dunmore East, Dun Laoghaire, Kilkenny, Athy, Tri an Mhi to the Moby Dick.

Our club has been represented on mountains county and country-wide but especially at Imra races on Mount Leinster.

Our club has increasing numbers of Ultra-marathoners in our midst; congrats Mike, Eddie, PJ, Kevin M.

Our club has had members swim for miles from the River Lee to the Saltees and of course the local River Barrow.

Our club has members who’ve cycled miles and miles of roads and mountains in Wexford, Carlow and beyond with Kevin G and Frank taking on the Leinster Loop, and we even have a South East Radio Female cyclist of the year in our club ; Eve Furlong congrats!

Our club has weather resistant members; Yvette sea-swims in January and trail runners and mountain bikers ignore weather warnings in the snow on Kilbrannish.

Our club even have members competing on National Television with the Hogans continuing to do themselves, family, club and county proud on Ireland’s Fittest Family.

Our club has the best marshals around with Niall’s call for marshals for the first club duathlon of the year met with a mass influx of volunteers……though somehow among the many hands helping, certain results still went astray…

Our club includes coaches and volunteers who give up time and energy each year to train and motivate each other and so thanks especially Jarlath for the trail running, Liam for the interval sessions, Nigel for the golf club running, David Furlong for mountain biking, Mike for the Open water swims, Don for the pool training, and PJ for the club championship organisation and endless enthusiasm!

Our club hosted a K Capital Club Race in April with great success.

Our club hosted another National series Triathlon in Carlow, overcoming all sorts of crap to get started …Paul Hutton, you are one patient and resilient man!

Our club hosted a very educational and interesting club Open Night this year when Paula kindly imparted her wisdom of optimum recovery nutrition onto us.

Our club has seen many incredible achievements, firsts and Pbs this year including Marion with her first ever trail run, Olivia and Ciara Bowe taking on their first marathons, Olivia with a 2nd place in the steeplechase trail run, 3rd place for Marion in the Blackstairs 5 steps adventure race, Ciara with a half ironman in Dun Laoghaire, Eve Furlong with a school’s cross country win and an amazing third place in the Junior BMW Triathlon National Series and age group title.

Our club has had members add to and start ironman medal collections ; Congrats to Bill and Paul on Ironman Youghal, Don on Ironman Barcelona all with brilliant times.

Our club ladies are the best around; beating the Carlow Tri ladies in the third club duathlon of the year.

Our club had a club record turnout in this year’s Dublin City Marathon with Marion, Mick Mahon, PJ, Mary, Olivia, Darren, Eddie, Shane, Mike, Allan, Jarlath, Clinton, Orla, Kevin M, Ciara B, Rosie, Damian taking part as well as Brendan who was unlucky, but surely will be back next year and not to forget Trish who also  cycled home for good measure.

Our club currently has 74 members and is one which welcomes new members from all sporting backgrounds and abilities and this year welcomes the newest members; John, Eithne, Declan, Shane, Peter, Damien, Adrian, Eddie, Rosie, Jamie, Marie, James, Allan, Daire, Clinton, Brendan, Mick, Darren, Michelle and Matthew.

Our club has had such levels of participation this year that I’ve tried to do a Frank Burke on it and Google doc all the records as we’d be here all night if I had to name everything everyone did.

Our club has had one hell of a headmaster at the helm for the last two years. Niall O Muiri our club owes you a great deal of debt and gratitude for the time, craic, enthusiasm, patience and ever the light-hearted banter you’ve given this club …and what in the name of god were you thinking making a Calamity Jane your secretary?! Personally, I can’t thank you enough for your kindness, patience and guidance for as long as I’ve been in the club and in particular over the last two years. On behalf of the club I’d like to extend a huge thanks for being the time and efforts you have given as Chairperson and wish you all the best with the time you’ll be able to dedicate to training now! Thanks Niall.

Unfortunately I will leave the committee this year and just want to say a special thanks to Ciara who has subbed for me in recent months when I’ve been as láthair quite often. It seems like only yesterday that I was on a bike rolling backwards down Carrigduff, but there always seems to have been someone behind pushing me on and keeping me going. I’ve made too many friends to mention you all, but Racing795 thank you for introducing me to the world of triathlon but more importantly for being my family in Wexford/Carlow over my years here. Like every family we’ve a few nutters among us but that’s what keeps us interesting!

Our club is made up of a special bunch of people who each bring expertise, enthusiasm and experience to the pack.

Onwards and upwards for 2020. Our club…Racing795.

Eimear Bowden

Secretary 2019

Family Club Day 2019

The Family Club Day was held this year in Bunclody last Satruday with a trail run and mtb race between the runners and mountain bikers of the club. With fantastic weather, beautiful food courtesy of Sugar n Spice and a refreshing icecream, it was a really good day!. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Click here for all the photos of the day – courtesy of David Kendellan and Mike Ryan.

Club Championship Swim Series 2019

Adventure Race Interview June 2019

Great interview in this month’s edition of Kayathlon Magazine with our very own David Tully on page 30 and 31 about the fun of adventure racing.

To see the full June July 2019 edition click here.

K Cap Cup XC Mtb, Bunclody 7th April 2019

K Cap Cup, Bunclody, 7th April 2019

Racing795 hosted Round 2 of the exciting K Cap Cup cross country mountain bike series in Deerpark Old near Bunclody on Sunday. Round 1 was held in Belmont Demesne, Round 3 will take place in Djouce next Sunday, 14th April. Sign up here.

There were races for all ages from under 6, all the way up to over 60s. Top honours went to Klaudia Bajolek in the senior ladies race, with Robin Seymour taking win for the senior men.

Racing795 had some success on home ground. Lorraine Byrne came second in the ladies race while Ross Moorhead and David Conway were first and third in the men’s B race. David Furlong and Jamie Conway also placed well.

Junior racers Jamie Conway and Isobel Furlong both won in their age categories, and Orla Conway was second in her race.

Full Results (provisional)

Photos by Gareth Gibbons available here

Racing795 would like to thank:

Robin Seymour and Evan Ryan for inviting us to be part of the series and helping to organise.
Mark Kenny, sponsor of the K-Cap series.
Coillte for the venue.
Noel and Avril Deacon for the parking. 
John Lambert and Slieve Bui MTB for the use of their equipment to prepare the course.
Tim from Woodbrook Coffee for keeping us all fed and watered.
All the competitors young and old.
All the trail workers, and most especially, the marshals who make every 795 event a happy place to be.

Don’t forget to sign up for Round 3 –  which will be hosted by EPIC MTB on Sunday 14th April
Learn more at the K Cap series Facebook page

 

A few of the podium photos:

 

 

Event Info

Racing795 has a thrilling course lined up for 7th April, with some testing climbs and classic singletrack.  The lap is approximately 7km. “A” riders will do 3 laps while the “Bs” will do 2 laps.  Preliminary timings suggest that race duration will be similar to Belmont, i.e. in the ballpark of 1hr 30mins for most riders.

Timetable for Sunday 7th April, 2019

Sign-on from 9:30
10:30 – U6 & Strider race
10:45 – U8 race
11:00 – U10 race
11:15 – U12 race
12:30 – A/B/Youth/Ladies races

Venue Map (click image to enlarge)

Course profile

Directions from Dublin to Round 2
Follow the M7/M9 from Red Cow out of Dublin. Where the M7 and M9 diverge keep left for the M9, signposted Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny. Next take Junction 5 off the M9, keeping left to head for Bunclody. You are now on the N80 for about 20 mins, passing through the village of Ballon. Driving down the hill into Bunclody take the right turn towards Mt Leinster opposite Supervalu. Event location is 5 km out this road at the first Coillte forest entrance. Please follow marshal directions to parking.

Maps: Red Cow to Bunclody | Bunclody to Race Venue

 

 

 

Club Duathlon March 2019

Our Final Club Duathlon was held in glorious March sunshine this morning in Kildavin. Well done to everyone who took part and to all the marshalls, tea makers,timekeepers, photographers and supporters who have helped out at the three duathlons this year. Also a bigs thank to Kildavin GAA for allowing us to use their facilites.

Results

Gallery (thanks to Niall O’Muiri and Kate Tully)

Club Training Duathlon – February 2019

Well done to everyone who competed in the Club’s second training duathlon this morning in a foggy Kildavin, Co Carlow.

Here are the results

Club Duathlon 24/2/2019 Results

Gallery – courtesy of Eimear Bowden