Another busy month at Focus on Fitness!
April started with..
Kilkenny Triathlon Clubs VGraph KTC Duathlon 2017
The KTC duathlon held in the fabulous grounds of Kilkenny Castle, on a beautiful day sunny day making the location even better. There was another great turn out from Focus on Fitness for this local event. I was delighted to be taking part in a duathlon again after The Race, finishing 2nd place in (1:04). Brian Jacob was next in 1:10 fresh from The Race as well. Siobhan Kennedy won the ladies race in (1:12) after a close battle with KTC member Niamh Richardson. Darrell Evans was next in (1:13), Paul Rossiter finished in (1:19), followed closely by Nigel O’Sullivan in a sprint with Davy White for the finish both finished in (1:20) with Nigel inching ahead. Ann Hennebry finished in (1:26), Ger Nolan was next in (1:27), Julie Monaghan crossed the line in (1:31), and Siobhán Keating in (1:34).
Well done to also to all from Waterford Triathlon Club who took part on the day.
The first race of 11 in the Ger Wyley Sport / SKINS Summer Series. This is a fast start to the series and some great times were recorded on the evening. 8th place for John Hayden (0:17:08), followed by Brendan Mooney (0:18:54), Catherine Mooney (0:21:12) and Rhona Hayden (0:21:57).
Invacare League (Round 3) Moate
Seamus Wall won the H4 cat and set a course record of 28 minutes 33 seconds in round 3 of the Paracycling Invacare league.
Damien Vereker piloted by Dermot Radford won the tandem cat in prep for the upcoming World cup events in Italy this May.
Next up was another fast, local race. I ran (0:24:00), Darrell Evans, (0:25:09), David McConnell, (26:11), Bernie Mockler, (0:30:44), Aisling Flood, (0:37:00) and Ciara Fitzgerald (38:09).
Jason Travers continued with the duathlon series, racing the Banner Duathlon in Co. Clare. Another solid race he finished in 13th place and was second in his age group in a time of (1:01)
Wicklow Adventure Race
Without doubt one of the toughest races in the adventure race series. This race involves racers running and cycling through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley as well as kayaking across the spectacular Upper Lake to finish in Glendalough.
Focus on Fitness had 2 athletes taking part, Fintan Stanley (4:35:36) was followed closely by Maggie Murphy (4:38:06) both took on the 57k Expert route on the day.
Gareth Pope and Jason Travers raced the Kinsale Triclub National series Battle of Ballinspittle Duathlon. This is a tough race with some big climbing on the bike and a very hilly off road 2nd run. Jason finished 10th overall and 2nd in his category. Gareth was racing in his home town and finished 2nd in his category.
10km National championships in the Phoenix Park
This is one of the big fixtures in the AAI calendar each year. Eoin Lyons ran a great race on what is a tough course with some of the best runners in the country. He was running with Ferrybank AC and finished in (00:34:24) crossing the line in 2nd place for the club.
Phoenix Park Duathlon Series
Jason Travers raced very consistently again in the Phoenix Park Duathlon Series duathlon and finished 9th overall in (1:03).
London Marathon 2017
Ciara Mc Sweeney traveled to London to take part in this big city Marathon. Following on from an injury which hampered her Dublin marathon attempt at the end of last year, Ciara ran a fantastic race finishing in (03:35:43) taking almost 20 min off her PB time she was delighted to make such a come back.
Vienna Marathon 2017
Paul Cahill took on the Vienna Marathon on the same day as London. Paul put in a lot of work training for this over the winter and to pick up a chest infection in the week leading into the race finishing an Antibiotic 2 days before the race. He ran a great race on the day finishing in 3:24 and taking 18 min of his PB all the hard work was not in vain.
This half marathon is classed as being one of the fastest courses around. It was another hot, sunny day but some great times allround.
Eoin Lyons continued with his recent success and placed 2nd, running a fantastic (1:14:20). John Hayden ran a great solid 5th setting a PB in (1:18:05), local man ran Tom Cousens ran (1:23:31), Tony Mc Mahon took 12 min off his PB running (1:27:46) followed very closely by David Devine, (1:27:47), Stephen Butler was next in (1:30:15), Paul Rossiter, (1:40:02), followed by Julie Monaghan, (1:49:04) and Rhona Hayden, (1:51:14).
Sandra Rellis ran the 10km and finished in (0:51:55).
Joey Hannon Triathlon
This is the first race of the triathlon season and always a very popular race. The Olympic distance pool based race was a good marker for some of the lads heading for Mallorca coming up. Nigel O’ Sullivan finished in (2.41), Jim O’ Brien finished in (2.45) and Gareth Pope finished in (2.51) Ann Hennebry had a mechanical on the bike and had to pull out of the race.
Waterford to Tramore 7.5 Mile Road Race
This long running event is a favorite of all local runners. It was my first time to do the race even though I had planned to do it on many occasions. A strong headwind made for some tough running on the way out. I ran it in (46.43), Stephen Butler, (47:28), Darrell Evans (49.22), David McConnell (50.09), Siobhan Kennedy (50.36) winning her age group, Anthony Kirwan (51.03), James Roche (53:33), Bernie Mockler, (59.13) Eimear McSweeney, (62.32), Peter Whealen (64.36) Norma Goggin, (65.16) and Liam Power (68.57).
Well done to everyone! Great racing all round. Apologies if I have forgotten anyone.
May has been another busy month if you have photos or times can you send to Focus on Fitness Facebook via messenger. Thank you!
There are a few places left on the Focus on Fitness Hands on Cookery Demonstration with Cian Hawes of @purefoodcompany happening at the end of the month.
If interested in going let me know and book a place through EVENTBRITE