Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lough Cutra Castle Junior Triathlon, Gort, Co Galway 25th May 2014

3 brave junior members entered the Castle Triathlon Series Junior Triathlon on Sunday. 2 girls were in the 8-10 years age group and 1 boy was in the 11-12 years age group. 2 members had done this race last year so knew what was ahead of them. It takes a lot of courage to be able to swim in a deep black lake especially when it’s a deep water start. So fair play to our members for this major achievement. They should be very proud of themselves.
We were a little unlucky with the weather and there were a few showers here & there before the juniors’ start time. But thankfully it cleared nicely and the lake was lovely and calm, with a temperature of about 14 degrees.   The boy member went out first. He had moved up an age group so was in with older children this time around and the distance had increased. Still he did very well and finished as he always does with his signature sprint over the line.
The 2 girls were next and this race for one of them was a first triathlon so hats off to trying hard and being brave in the swim. She did so well after only joining the club recently and not having done many races before. So well done for giving it go, because that’s what its all about. Our other competitor raced very well and considering she didn’t even put her head in the water last year, was 3rd out of the water this year with a fantastic swim split. She held onto 3rd place and was second girl home in her wave. In the end she got 5th girl home after all the waves finished so she improved tremendously since last year. A little older and a little wiser.

So well done to our 3 members who took part.  I hoped you enjoyed your first full Triathlon on the year.

Heidi Sheehy (WTC Junior Committee)


3D Tri Junior Aquathon, NAC Blanchardstown – 18/05/2014

Wicklow Tri Club had one girl and 4 boys participate in the kids’ aquathon at the National Aquatic Centre on May 18th. It was a well organised event and I think all the kids worked really hard. I thought the calibre of young athletes to be quite strong so we were up against a tough crowd.

We arrived early to beat the crowds, picking up our race number, swim hat and goodie bag and then met up with the other members. The swim took place in the diving pool (25m) at the grand NAC, with about 6 children in each swim lane. It was a group start, with the youngest going out first at 11am. Once the swim was complete, transition took place at the poolside and the kids then ran out the back door to a field adjacent to the pool. It was an undulating field and the kids looked to be digging deep in the grass. There were some superb sprint finishes too.

Once all waves were finished, it was time for the prize giving. We had one member in the 8-9 years wave win (2nd girl). One of our boys in the 10-11 wave was just pipped for podium, finishing as 4th boy across the line. There was a man making balloon animals and a lady doing face-painting while we waited to keep the little ones entertained.

Just remember fellow juniors, that even though you may not get podium, you tried your best, you learnt some valuable lessons and you had fun.

All in all, a good day I think! Well done to our members in blue-you all did a super job. Keep up the good work.

Heidi Sheehy (WTC Junior Committee)


Race Report from Cormac Flavin

“On Sunday 18th May I took part in the 3D Tri kids aquathon in the NAC.  Before the race started it was very nerve wracking and I kept telling myself to calm down. I was in wave 2 lane 5. There were six people in my lane.  I pushed off to a good start and at the end if the 250 meter swim I was second out of my lane. I ran to transition at the side of the pool put my top on first then my trainers.  I ran out towards the run track and did two laps.  I came home in 4th place which I was delighted with”.

WTC Junior Aquathon, Shoreline Greystones – 04/05/2014

Luckily the weather stayed dry for our young members’ big race day. For some of you it was your first time racing so well done to you all. I hope you had a fun day.

It was an early start, with members arriving to register and set up their transition boxes from 9.30 and some very excited members itching to get going.

After registering, we held our race brief, then it was off to get changed and to do a warm up in the pool.

The first wave went off at about 10:20, with our smallest members (as young as 7) swimming 2 lengths of the pool.  Then it was out of the back door to transition to get changed and out onto the race course. Then the second and third waves had their turn.  It was great to see all the members out on the course, trying to catch the people in front. There were some nice quick transitions as well, so well done guys.  Some of you have been practicing J

We had some great sprint finishes and one member even managed to lose his shoe on the run course but still managed a great big smile coming over the finish line. You have to be ready for anything!

Once all the members were in and had a hot shower, we had our medal presentation.  All members received a goodie bag and finisher medal.  1st, 2nd and 3rd places also got a medal.  I hope you showed your medals off in school on Tuesday.

So well done to our young members again.  I really hope you enjoyed the day and had some fun. And thank you to the parents and senior members of the club for their help in marshalling.


Here are the results:


Wave 1 (50m swim/400m run)

1st place Lily Sheehy
2nd place Hugh Parker
3rd place Alannah Guilfoyle


Wave 2 (100m swim/600m run)

1st place Saoirse Guilfoyle
2nd place Sean Lundy
3rd place Megan O’Brien


Wave 3 (200m swim/1500m run)

1st place Stephen Bowes
2nd place Cormac Flavin
3rd place Christopher Bowes


So until the next race, keep training!


Heidi Sheehy

Race Director