February 2019 Race Report
Flat Out Duathlon Athy
The Athy Triathlon Club organised Flat Out Duathlon, with round 2 of the National Duathlon series completed on February 10th. A bitter cold but dry morning set the tone for almost 300 athletes. The race started with a 3 km partly off road run, followed by a 25 km flat fast bike course, and finished with a 3 km run. A stacked field lined up for a blistering pace off on the first run. 10 athletes took part from Focus on Fitness.
|Shane Power||58:06||Won AG / 8th overall|
|Martin Kirwan||59:41||2nd in AG / 14th overall|
|Jim O' Brien||1:06:31|
|Siobhan Kennedy||1:08:34||Won AG|
Chilly Chase Vancouver Half Marathon
The race is not called the Chilly Chase for no reason. Aisling Flood took part in the half marathon distance with temperatures on the day at -3 degrees. Aisling is making some great progress with running over the last few months.
Vuelta Playa Blanca Lanzarote Hand Bike Race
Seamus Wall was away for the first race of the season in Lanzarote. A good chance to get in some warm weather training, finishing off with TT and a road race at the end of the week. Seamus got the feel for home in the TT with heavy rain by the time he took to the start line. A mechanical problem with his Di2 gear shifting left him stuck in one gear but finished a credible 8th place. The following day was the road race in criterium style, racing with a 2 km loop in Playa Blanca. Seamus had another solid race finishing in 10th place.
O Reilly’s Butchers Kilmacthomas 4 Mile
The West Waterford AC annual 4 mile race took place in Kilmacthomas. The fast 4 mile race was well stacked with some of the best local athletes taking to the start line. We had 3 athletes representing Focus on Fitness on the day.
Carrigaline 5 mile
The annual Eagle AC Tommy Ryan 5 mile took place in in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. With close to 300 entrants on the day, Benvon Lyons took part and ran a solid race.
|Benvon Lyons||33:35||4th in AG|
Slaney Valley Adventure Race
Starting in Bree just outside Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the 4 stage adventure race. This race consists of bike, kayak, bike and finish with a run on Bree hill with some great views. Maggie Murphy took part in the race finishing with a great result of 4th place in 1:42:09.
|Maggie Murphy||1:42:09||4th place|
Eirgen Tramore Duathlon
Round 4 of the National Duathlon series hosted by Waterford Triathlon Club in Tramore. This is one of the biggest duathlon races in the country, with almost 400 athletes taking to the start line. Weather conditions on the morning were far from ideal, with wind and driving rain. Another big turn out from Focus on Fitness athletes for this race, with some great results, PB’s, and AG prize winners. Eoin Lyons was in a good position coming out of transition after the first run but came off the bike on a roundabout. Damage to his bike caused him to retire from the race.
|Martin Kirwan||58:03||Won AG / 12th place overall|
|Shane Power||58:25||2nd in AG|
|Mark Gater||59:49||3rd in AG|
|Jason Travers||1:00:39||4th in AG|
|Jim O' Brien||1:06:40|
|Siobhan Kennedy||1:08:10||Won AG / 4th place overall|
|Benvon Lyons||1:11:07||2nd in AG|
|Marie Slattery||1:11:47||3rd in AG|
|Gerry O Donoghue||1:11:47|
|Nigel O Sullivan||1:15:01|
|Karen Power||1:18:42||3rd in AG|
Naas Duathlon Race 2
The following day after Tramore, the Naas Duathlon Race 2 took place. Shane Power, Brian Jacob and Katie Jacob took part in the race. Shane and Brian were both racing for a 2nd day in a row.
|Shane Power||56:24||4th place overall|
|Katie Jacob||-||Katie got a puncture early in the race but joined the 2nd run to make a good session out of the day|
Kinsale 10 Mile
Cathal Henderson took part in this new 10 mile road race based out the beautiful town of Kinsale. After getting back into running, Cathal has worked on increasing his distance.