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Dublin City Marathon 2014

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!

Club Duathlon 2014

The annual Racing795 Duathlon took place on Sunday the 30th of March with a 3km run, 25km bike and 3km run starting and finishing at Spellman Park, Kildavin. Much credit for the success of the day must go to Barry Byrne and his team of helpers for putting on a great event which was really enjoyed by members and guests alike. Fintan Redmond was in great form and took the men’s race ahead of an impressive performance by Joe Lillis with Ross Moorehead hot on the heels in 4th. In the ladies race Dena Hogan was the clear winner despite competing and winning a 4 mile trail race the day before. Fiona Gore took 2nd place with our own Tracy Redmond putting in a fine performance to take third. There was some great battles right through the field with the two lap bike course proving a stiff and interesting test.

The main focus of the day is to give people new to Triathlon an opportunity to try the sport and it was fantastic to see plenty of novices toeing the line with close to 20 competitors new to Triathlon – as they say you don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great!  A note of thanks to Kildavin/Clonegal GAA club for use of their excellent facilities which is greatly appreciated.

Results 2014

Photographer Caoilfhionn Ó Muirí took some great shots of the event


And they’re off!

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“And I said to Cav you need to get more aero son….”


One man’s Tri795 – “Ticking off the Bucket List”

The crowds gather ahead of Tri795

[Race report by Niall O’Muirí]

FIRST TRI (a sort of report on TRI795)

It was a good idea at the time, on an early Saturday morning road spin, we decided to sign up, tick it off the invisible bucket list that lingers in the back of your mind…”things to do before I can’t” and all that. And so we did, sign up, bought the book Triathlon from Start to Finish by Sam Murray. We tried to out boast each other as to how bad at swimming we were… and we were. So I took to the pool five nights a week for two weeks, no style, no rhythm, no method, just slog up and down 20 times, that was it. And that was my down fall. too little too late, and nothing prepared me for the chaos of the pool and the water and the day.

The park was buzzing, you couldn’t but get into the buzz of the place. I had prepared well, mixing a combo of swim, jog, cycle, been over the course, ate well slept shite on the eve of the Tri….but it was great to be there, to be a part of it,  the music boomed, the adrenaline pumped. We were all there. Liam turned up with two one day licences, the victim of a double click with the mouse, he told us he intended doing the course twice. Fintan turned up late and scattered, no helmet, and no pins for the number. But it didn’t matter, we were all there, ticking off the invisible bucket list. Our first triathlon, and what better place to do it, but on home soil.

And then I died, in the pool, not prepared for the chaos of the water, where was the smooth calm pool that I had trained in, glided through the previous weeks. I died a death, what seemed like an eternity, I dragged my sorry ass, leaving all my dignity, confidence and self esteem floating in the deep end, out of the pool to, as Frank would say “poor bastard sympathy cheers”.

But at transition (T1 for us triathletes) I picked up, the bucket list boys were there ahead of me. Fintan, for someone so disorganised, took off like a bullet, his number hanging on by a single pin. I had a Mr Bean moment trying to pull my 795 jersey over a wet body and getting stuck in the process. Martin M came to my rescue, and untied me. And off we went, the legs heavy after the swim, pushing low gears, struggling to get a  rhythm. It took till the first climb out of Clonegal and the shouts and cheers from Yvonne and a clutch of kids full of Coke and sugar, for the legs to finally get going. After that I started picking off a few (a very few) faster swimmers, and confidence returned.

The familiarity of the course was a distinct advantage, as I shot down Carrickduff meeting Orla on the way out, the home crowd cheering, the music blaring and James Bodels camera in hand, my “never again” feeling began to fade.

T2, was smoother, Mick M had made up the time on me as I changed from bike shoes to runners, so we took off together, and stayed together for two minutes and then he slowly drifted away ahead of me. The uphill wasn’t as bad as I imagined, it seemed to stretch out the calf muscles.

Liam came through on the bike, Fintan not far behind, it was turning out to be a great day after all.

Adrenaline brought me down hill, over the brow of Carrickduff to cheers and music, and a feelgood feeling. Joy F shouted to me to sprint and I thought “(This is me fkin sprinting!!)”…and with that I crossed the line, knackered and happy, ticking off me bucket list, and thinking, where else would you want to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon in August.


Lessons learned:

You can bluff on a bike, you can bluff on a run, but you can’t bluff in a swimming pool…

I did way to much swimming the five days leading up to the event, my legs were like lead in the pool.

Will I do another triathlon? Ah we’ll see, they tell me river swimming is easier

But thanks to everyone for the encouragement, the advice, the number belt, etc etc

Tri795 Results

Thank you to all who took part in Tri795 today, and to all the marshals for making it such a great success.


Tri795 Timetable and Information for Competitors

Tri795 home page

Tri795 2012 Race Manual – Essential race info and competition rules

Tri795 Swim Waves 2012 – Check what wave and lane you’re in

Race day timetable

9am – Registration opens at the Millrace hotel Bunclody. This is also the location for the official parking, large parking area at the back of the hotel.
9:15am – Transition opens at Bunclody Swimming pool, 3 min walk from hotel.
11am – Registration closes
11:30am – Transition closes
11:45am – Race briefing
12noon – Race Start

Course Info

VIDEO PREVIEWS and Garmin Connect links for bike and run routes

TI Licence Info

IMPORTANT: You don’t need to be a member of triathlon ireland to enter the race BUT, Triathlon Ireland (TI) requires that non TI members must purchase a one day race licence to participate in all TI sanctioned events. For Tri795 this licence may be purchased at this link. If you do not possess a TI one day licence OR a valid TI membership card you will not be allowed to race. A one day Triathlon Ireland licence for relay or individuals costs just €15.