Eireman X – Courtown, 10th May 2009

Four 795’ers (James, Jim, Barry and David) made the short trip to Courtown for the first ever Eireman X Offroad Triathlon. The challenge ahead was a 750m sea swim followed by 10km mountain bike course with a 5km cross country run to finish.

Weather conditions were kind, and whilst the water was nippy, thankfully there was no rain or wind.

The swim was a long one, and Jim was first out of the water, followed by Barry, David and James. Quickly on to the bike, and the fun started with a waist deep river crossing. Barry and David quickly made inroads into Jim’s lead, with Barry taking the lead amongst the 795’ers at the end of the first lap. The bike course played into the lads hands, and to the tune of ‘rider up’ all made up lots of places. First out of transition was Barry, with Jim and David exiting together, and James bringing up the rear, maybe the effects of the previous weekends Marathon taking their toll.

On to the run, and starting with three river crossings in quick succession it was time to get down’n’dirty. An undulating course followed with five river crossings in total and lots of muck and slop. Barry forged ahead and Jim finally shook of the attentions of the Younger Furlong with about 2km to go.

First across the line was Barry in 26th place overall, followed by Jim in 38th, David in 39th and James in 95th. A fantastic display by the club, especially to have three in the top forty.

Onwards and upwards for the 795’ers!

PS: Thanks also to the support crew of Martin and his gang, Lorraine,Saoirse and Caoimhe, Joy and the junior Furlongs and David, Helen and Robyn and of course last but not least Supporter and Technical Assistant No.1 Paddy Furlong.

Full Results:

http://eireman-x.eireman.org/sites/eireman-x.eireman.org/files/Eireman-X_Results2009.xls

Total field: 104

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