Another great season for T3 comes to a close
I think that it is safe to say that 2017 has probably been our busiest Triathlon season in the history of T3. We had large groups of members competing in a wide range of multisport activities . For the first time this year we added Warm weather training in early April . A group flew out to Puerto Pollensa in Majorca for three/four days intense training with cycling Coach Mark Paverley and his team and it seemed to be a huge success with some extremely tough Climbs achieved on the bike and some great Running and early Swim sessions thrown in .
Our racing season really started in Carlow Tri795 where after lots of promotion we had a great group racing including some newbies who managed fantastic results .Then on to its big brother Athy where members tackled the Double ,the Olympic ,the sprint and we even had 2 young members Niamh Foran and Peter Shanahan get placed in the 16-19 category, now that brought down the age profile !
At the end of May a large group also headed to tackle the Beara cycle again in beautiful conditions and with meticulous organising by Sarah Mortimer it was a very special weekend and we are all signed up already for 2018 . A week later a group of ten headed off to Switzerland 70.3 in Zurich with swimming in a lake like glass , cycling in smooth mountainous roads and running in 33 degrees we survived !!
July saw members travelling every weekend to Wicklow ,Sligo , Lanesboro and Loughrea we were represented everywhere and then August came and of course the Holy Grail, Dublin 70.3! As usual there was a great T3 turnout including again a number of newcomers to the distance. Conditions were close to perfect and not surprisingly a well-deserved podium 2nd place for Laura Schilling.
You would think then maybe members needed a rest but not a bit ! On to Dublin City Tri and then ironman 70.3 Ruegen, where four of our elite athletes travelled across Europe once again to achieve some blistering times, including sub 5 hour time for John O’Leary.
This was followed by Glendalough festival and for some a marathon swim in appalling conditions but what an open water achievement ! And finally all good seasons need a climax and we had it last weekend 1 October in Ironman Barcelona. Congratulations to Ronan Allen (a career best time of 9 hours 58 minutes) and Ger Bennet both had amazing races and provided endless pleasure for the rest of us following closely from Dublin .
So what more can we say ? We hold our club AGM in a few weeks ,our new season starts end October and already there are plans being made to race in Marbella, Helsinki, Barcelona ..and lots more! Roll on 2018 !!
Post by: Ruth Shanahan, T3 Club Chairman, 3 October 2017
Under new management led by John Wallnutt, Triathy was indeed made great again in 2017 ! Most of us availed of the Wheelworx pre-registration factility which took a lot of stress out of race day. There was a great turnout in the Olympic distance and a good showing in the Sprint race too. The first Olympic T3er home was Kevin Gilmore, followed by Ronan Allen and then Gary McCarthy. In the Sprint race, John O’Leary won his Age Group and was the first T3er home.
Contratulations to Niamh Foran, daugher of founding member Mark Foran, for completing her first every triathlon with her Dad, in a very respectable 1 hour 29 minutes, hopefully not her last tri event.
Great T3 turnout at Carlow Sprint Triathlon
Fourteen T3ers competed in today’s Carlow Sprint Triathlon, Sunday 14 May 2017, including two first-time triathletes Alvaro Martinez and Arnaud Malinconi. Both novices turned in really great times in their first race – congratulations to both ! Thanks to Club Chairwoman Ruth Shanahan for convincing us all to make the trip to Carlow, the race was very well run by the Racing 795 Mountain Biking and Triathlon Club. T3 results can be found here.
T3 Half Marathon 2017
The club half marathon was run off a little later than ususal this year, Saturday 6 May, but was well timed for T3ers heading for the 70.3 in Switzerland on 11 June. Alan led the group completing the full half marathon distance at the halfway stage, but he was reeled in by Paul Cullen and John O’Leary on the second lap and the duo crossed the finish line together, with Alan in third.
2017 Spring Time Trials
The spring TT season kicked off on Sunday morning last 5 March with the first club race of the series. John O’Leary picked up where he left off last year to lead the field home, followed by Ronan and then Liam Boggan in third. Full results are available here.
Next TT scheduled for Sunday 26 March
T3 at Ironman 70.3 Pula
Eight T3ers plus a welcome guest Janey proudly represented the club at what turned out to be a very tough 70.3 in Pula, Croatia on Sunday 18 September. Two sets of parents, Chuck’s wife Meriel and baby Daniel made up the happy group. Most of us arrived in Pula on Thursday night, in good time to acclimatise and rest up before Race day. We used the time to check out the bike course, local cafés and countryside, restaurants and explore the old Roman town of Pula. We also went for a few dips on the swim course: there were rumours the swim would be wetsuit-free but these turned out to be unfounded.
Sunday dawned dry and cloudy. The swim turned out to be very difficult due to a combination of high waves and poorly laid out swim buoys: most of us swam well in excess of the 1.9km distance, well done to Jenny O’Connell, the fastest T3er in the water (39 minutes). After a slow swim for all, the forecasted thunder storms came to pass: the heavens opened on the bike, making conditions slow and very dangerous, with lots of spills including our own Lizzie who crashed at a junction about halfway round. Chivalry, defined as the code of behaviour of a knight, proved to be alive and well in T3 as Oisin stopped to make sure Lizzie got some help before hopping back on his bike.
Further ahead, John O’Leary, having saved some energy on the bike in a bid to stay aboard, turned in a stunning 1:36 half marathon in monsoon conditions to be the first T3er home in 5:23, a full 6 minutes ahead of Ed Crotty in second and Gary McCarthy a few minutes further back in third.
For posterity a video of the rain during the run has been embedded above. Thanks to Chuck and Meriel for booking a decent restaurant for the post-race banquet, thoroughly enjoyed by all (except Baby Daniel who was a bit tired after the long day). Lizzie made a heroic transition from Pula Hospital via her hotel to the restaurant to join us for dinner, nothing broken thankfully. All in all it was a great trip, a great group of friends and a great end to the summer.
Dublin Ironman 70.3
Twenty three T3ers turned up for the second year of Dublin Ironman 70.3 last Sunday 14 August 2016. Despite worries about jellyfish, the race went off without a hitch. Overall it was another fantastic triathlon day, very well organised (not counting bag reclaim!), the support from spectators was great and the weather was pretty much perfect apart from a few summer showers on the bike. Even thought the swim was shorter than last year (i.e. the correct 1900 m distance !), most of us felt that it was a harder race, due mainly to changes to the bike course. Thankfully nobody crashed or was disqualified: all 23 made it to the finish line. The first home again this year was Brendan Byron in a time of 5:00, and second in 5:03 was Ryan Preston. Paul Cullen has written a very slick race report for the Irish Times which can be read here.
Hook or by Crook Dunmore East 2016
T3 at TriAthy X
On a very hot and sunny June bank holiday Saturday 2016, there was lots for T3 to be happy about at the 10th running of Triathy. In the 50 – 54 Age Group, T3 held five out of the top 11 spots including first (Ed Crotty) and third (John O’Leary). Earlier, in the Double Olympic, Anna finished first in her age group. Well done also to Paul Cullen who completed his first every Olympic distance triathlon, you can read his race report here.
Elsewhere, congratulations to Sarah who qualified for the Galway long distance swim along with Aideen.
Half Marathon training Run
A small group of T3ers turned out yesterday morning Saturday 7 May for the annual Half Marathon. Our thoughts were with our fellow T3ers racing a Half Ironman in Lisbon on the same day. But in Sandymount, well done to Richard who finished first in a great time of 1:31, with Paul close behind in 1:33. Not pictured above was Geraldine who ran her first ever Half Marathon distance – well done Ger ! Results sheet is here.
Third Beehive TT of 2016
The final spring TT of 2016 took place at the Beehive Sunday morning 3 April. The weather was not so kind to us, but nonethless 17 athletes turned out for the 08:30 start time. We split into 2 start waves but the bike field splintered fairly quickly with Ron setting a blistering pace from the front. John O’Leary punctured at around 8km but managed to get going again to finish the race. Ron never let up on the bike and led the two Eds into T1. Ed C caught Ron on the run to finish first overall, with Ron second and Eddie O’R a close third. Well done to Paul who recorded the fastest 8 km run split of 35:26. Full results can be viewed here. Breakfast in Mount Usher was a great way to round off a great morning !
Training weekend 11 – 13 March 2016
Well done to Anna and Dave for organising a great weekend of Spring training. The weekend kicked off with a swim on Friday evening in Rathmines pool followed by a quick bite to eat next door in Fifty Two Squared. Saturday morning was a Run / Breakfast / Strength and Conditioning with Xela, a physiotherapist and triathlete who specialises in injury prevention.
Sunday was a Bike and Run TT at the Beehive, 40K bike and 4K run (report below), followed by a Quick stop at Avoca in Mount Usher for coffee/breakie. The weekend finished up with a swim with Pawel in UCD.
As part of the spring training weekend, the second of the Beehive TTs took place on Sunday 13 March. Well done to Ronnie who put in a strong bike and run to come home first in a time of 1:27:58. Ron’s bike split of 1:08:35 is the early course record, there now as a target ! John O’Leary came in second, just 30 seconds behind Ronnie, with Ed C a distant third. Results can be viewed here
A few other things to mark – well done to newbie Ger on her first TT with the club. Welcome back to Ian after a few years AWOL, and well done to Liam Boggan for completing the bike with a broken rear derailleur cable.
First T3 Beehive Time Trial
A small group of T3 road warriors turned up for 8:30 am at a windy and damp Beehive for the second of the winter league club races this morning Sunday 21 February. It was the first club TT on the Beehive to Jack Whites road, but definitely won’t be the last ! We cycled as a group for the first lap (20km), after which the group splintered. John, Ronnie and Ed C broke away, with Ed and Ronnie inseparable right into transition in 1′ 16″. Ed pulled away a bit on the short run to win overall, John caught Ronnie with the fastest run time of 18 mins 40 to finish second, with Ronnie third. The results can be viewed here
Ironman 70.3 Dublin 9 August
On what was arguably one of the greatest ever days in the history of triathlon in Ireland, certainly in Dublin, 27 athletes from T3 made it to the start line of Ironman 70.3 in Dublin yesterday 9 August 2015 (not pictured above Brendan Byron, MT Keane, Dave Hanlon, Jim Fitzharris and Ed Crotty).
Akin to the manner in which the best steeplechasers all emerge from training and lesser races to peak for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the pure-bred athletes all turned in great times: the first T3er home was Brendan Byron in a stunning 4:55, followed by Kevin Gilmore in 5:01 and MT Keane in 5:02 (and first in her age group). Jenny O’Connell was 4th T3er home and 3rd in her age group.
With such a large turnout, there was plenty of scope for intra-club rivalries, including the latest instalment of Gary / Chuck, with the former prevailing on this occasion.
Commiserations to Ben Hoey who came a cropper on the bike somewhere around Maynooth, and Fiona, who came a cropper of the timing officials after completing her swim, both lived to fight another day!
Thanks due to lots of T3ers who contributed in various ways to make the day extra special: to Peter Kern for all the training, Jenny and also Marc from Big Red Cloud for the tri suit sponsorship, Craig Molloy for organising manufacture of same, Dave Hanlon, Mark Foran and others for the various training weekends and practice cycles on the bike route, Oisin for the large part he played last year in bringing the race to Dublin, and to John and Ciara O’Leary for the classy post-race BBQ.
This awesome arial video of the first swim start can be viewed here, and is definitely worth a viewing.
Oisin’s 70.3 Race Report which captures the essence of the event in some style can be read here.
Hook or by Crook
There was a shorter (5km) run for this year’s Hook or by Crook in a cloudy but warm Dunmore East, Saturday 13 June. The race was very well organised by Waterford Tri Club. MT Keane made a re-appearance and finished first in her age group and 6th overall in the women’s race. In the men’s race the first three T3ers were Ed Crotty, John O’Leary and Andrew Walker. Missing from the group pic above are MT and Ruth Shanahan. Race times are incomparable to previous years due to the shorter run: T3 only results (not all in strict order) can be viewed here; and overall race results can be found here.
T3 had members participating in all 3 races on Saturday last in Athy. Well done to Mark Foran (5:34) and Ruth Shanahan (6:00) for completing the Double Olympic – a great foundation for the season ahead. Well done also to former T3ers Mark Doyle (3rd overall) and Paul Griffin (29th overall).
Eleven T3ers competed in the Olympic distance. Congratulations to John O’Leary who came first in his age group in a time of 2:29. Of the T3ers, first home was Ed Crotty in 2:26 followed by Dave Hanlon 2:28 and then John O’Leary in third. T3 Olympic results can be viewed here.
Finally we had five athletes completing in the sprint race, led home by Paul Cullen in 1:25, followed by Zoe and Brian Murphy. Sprint results are here.
A race report by first-timer Derek Kenny is expected shortly. Well done to all who competed !
2015 Half Marathon Club race
The weather was warm and sunny for this year’s running of the club half marathon this morning, Saturday 9 May. John O’Leary was first home on the 21.25km course in a time of 1:36. Ed Crotty was second and Andrew Walker third. Thanks to Guy Boggan for timekeeping.
The second of our spring Time Trials took place in a sunny but breezy Roundwood this morning, Sunday 26 April. The course comprised a 60 km bike and 6km run down beside the lake. Thanks to John O’Leary for organising the course, and to Kieran for minding the bikes for us after his TT was cut short due to a bike mechanical. Pictured above after breakfast are John, Ruth and Ed.
A big thank you to Dave Hanlon, Mark Foran and Laura Shilling for organising a very successful winter training weekend 20 – 22 February.
Friday night saw a great turnout in Rathmines pool for a harder-than-normal coached swim session with Peter Kern. On Saturday morning, a large group met in a very cold Phoenix Park to try out the Ironman 70.3 bike course, followed by a 5km run off the bike. Finally on Sunday morning there was a coached run session in UCD with Maria McCambridge (Pictured centre above with a group of T3ers). A great weekend all round!
Dun Laoghaire Aquathon
There was a great turnout of T3ers on a beautiful summer evening at the inaugural Dun Laoghaire Aquathon organised by Belpark TC on Wednesday last 23 July. T3 Coach Peter Kern came third in the men’s race, while Jenny O’Connell marked her return from injury by winning the women’s race.
Hell of the West 30th anniversary triathlon
Overall 14 T3ers competed in a sunny and largely calm Kilkee yesterday 28 June. Limerick Triathlon club again did a great job organisng the event. In general times seemed to be faster than previous years due to calm conditions and slightly shorter swim. Conor McNamara, home on holiday from Australia, was the first T3er home in 2:27.
A summary of the T3 times, excluding Conor’s times, can be seen here.
Large T3 turnout at Triathy 31 May 2014
There was a great turnout for the first big race of the Irish triathlon season at a sunny Athy today.
Seventeen T3ers competed in the Olympic Distance, with Kevin Gilmore leading home the club in an impressive 2 hours 15 minutes. T3 Olympic distance results can be viewed here
In the Sprint Race, Marie Boland and Kim Doyle came in first and second in the women’s race, and Junior triathlete Guy Boggan completed his first ever triathlon in a very fast 1:17, not the last we’ll see of him!
Ironman 70.3 Aix en Provence
A group of 19 T3ers made the epic journey to Aix en Provence last weekend to compete in the Ironman 70.3 on Sunday 18 May. Robert’s excellent race report can be read here.
King of the Mountains TT
2014 T3 Half Marathon
The 2014 T3 Half Marathon was held today 8 March on a windy but dry Sandymount course. Cahir O’Higgins led from the start, and defended last year’s title in style, settting a course record 1:27:58. Second home was John O’Leary in 1:32 and third was Helena Walsh in 1:34. Well done to all who turned out to run, particularly those athletes who were running their first half marathon. T3 2014 half marathon timesheet
Winter training weekend and Time Trial
The T3 training weekend took place over the weekend of Friday 31 Jan – Sunday 2 Feb. This year it was based in Dublin with training sessions taking place in the NAC and UCD. Huge thanks to the organising team of Dave Hanlon, Mark Foran, Anna and Aideen.
The weekend was rounded off with the first of the club’s Winter Series of races, a Bike / Run TT on Sunday morning in Roundwood. The race was very competitive with everyone giving it their all. Mark Doyle was a comfortable winner in a time of 1:31 which incorported a tidy bike split of 1:06 in windy conditions. Second home was Cahir O’Higgins in 1:37, with Ed C close behind. An image of the time sheet, recorded courtesy of Shane and guest Guy Boggin, can we viewed here.
T3 New Members’ Day: Saturday 18 January
The Club is organising a social run session to encourge new members to come and meet us. We’re meeting at 9am in the cafe in the UCD Sports Centre. It’ll be a relaxed enough run session with drills and different distances depending upon ability. We’ll be grabbing coffee afterwards with a chat about the weekly sessions and membership options
Tell all your friends or make some new ones fast!!
TI Awards dinner 2013
A great night was had at the Triathlon Ireland Awards dinner on 2 November– no aero-helmets, energy gels or Lycra on show.
The girls retained the Women’s Club Championships and generously insisted that the men get in the photo too! Congratulations to the T3 Special Ones: Marie Boland, Jenny O’Connell, Maire-Triona Keane, Kim Doyle, Gena Byron and Laura Shilling.
As well as the Club Championships, T3 collected an impressive array of other (women’s) prizes:
- National Aquathlon Championships: Age Group Gold to Aideen Allen and Age Group Bronze to Laura Shilling.
- National Duathlon Championships: Age Group Silver to Maire Triona Keane
- National Triathlon Championships – Sprint Distance: Age Group Gold to Marie Boland, Age Group Bronze to Aideen Allen
- National Triathlon Championships – Standard Distance: Age Group Gold to Marie Boland, Age Group Silver to Laura Shilling
- Overall National Series: Age Group Gold to Marie Boland, Age Group Bronze to Maire-Triona Keane, Jenny O’Connell and Aideen Allen.
In a bid for T3 to corner additional prizes on the night, Anna Rowan took part in the Plank competition and was awarded free TI 2014 membership (note, the winner of the plank managed over 6 minutes).
Mark showed an impressive transition time from table to dance floor and treated everyone to a selection of his AC/DC air-guitar struts. The rest of us generally shuffled, deploying a variety of hip flexor stretches, front scull and catch-up arm drills.
Well done to Triathlon Ireland for organising a very impressive night and well done to the T3ers for a very impressive season!
End-of-season 3 km time trial
An informal 3k end-of-season tt was held at last night’s training session 12 September. There was a good turnout for this fun event, thanks to Mark Foran for organising the tee shirts and to Eddie O’Reilly for the buns! Out on the track, Dave Hanlon was the first home, followed by Cahir O’Higgins and MT who was doubtles saving her energy for London!
T3 Club Championship races 31 August 2013
With the rescheduling of the Hook or by Crook, T3ers were split between that race and Mourne Olympic triathlon for the club championships this year.
Up in Castlewellan Forest Park, Olympian Triathlon Club put on a great race again this year. Cahir O’Higgins led the T3 men home with a time of 2:24, with Ed Crotty further back in 2:29. In the women’s race, Laura Shilling was first home in 2:37, and Zoe second in 3:17.
Meanwhile, down in Dunmore East, the T3 women were once again stealing the show. Marie-Triona Keane (pictured right, post-race) won the women’s race overall in a very impressive 1:21, and Marie Boland was only two minutes further back to take third place overall. In the men’s race, Mark Doyle beat Ryan Preston by just 18 seconds, both home in 1:23. The club dinner in Farm Restaurant was a great night out, well done to the organisers.
Eight T3ers were in Loughrea last Sunday 4 August for the sprint race. Cahir’s unique race report can be read here.
Beast of the East
A small but high quality (!) group of T3ers turned out at a mercifully cloudy Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow today 21 July for the Beast of the East. The course was as tough as ever, and T3 was led home in great style by Kevin Gilmore in a time of 2 hours 15 minutes, 29th overall.
(not pictured: Dara Kilmartin).
Hell of the West 2013
There was a great turnout of T3ers in Kilkee yesterday 29 June for one of the racing highlights of the year. You can read Ed C’s race report here.
Over 30 competitors from T3 took part in TriAthy last Saturday 1 June across the three distances. There were some great performances in the Double Olympic, a second place in the Olympic woman’s race by Jenny O’Connell and Marie Boland won the women’s Sprint race. Race reports from Athy can be read here.
T3 Half Marathon 2013
Once again the weather Gods were kind to us for the running of the club spring Half Marathon last Saturday 2 March. Cahir O’Higgins led from the off, and despite some confusion at the turn around point on the first lap, managed to just hold off Kevin Gilmore to win this year’s race. Craig Molloy came home a clear third. The results can be found here: 2013 half marathon results. A second worksheet with the 2012 results is included. Thanks to Kieran O’Brien for keeping the time sheet, to Aideen for organising breakfast, and to our coach Peter Kern for turning out to help with sprint finishing !
2013 Winter Training Camp
This year’s training camp, held 25 – 27 January in UL Limerick was a great success again. Thanks to MT and Anna and all the organising committee, and also to Peter and Tomas for all the coaching input. Captured below is Sunday morning’s short turbo session.
Tomas’ video of the German open water swimming, featuring “ideal” cadence (and stunning tumble turns) can be viewed here:
T3 Women collect their award
Pictured are team members Maire Triona, Aideen, and Marie, along with Kim and Laura. Congratulations also to team members Gena, Jenny, and Helena who were not able to make it along to the awards ceremony.
T3 Storm the Mourne
Around 30 T3ers competed in the last race of the 2012 season, Mourne Triathon, in scenic Castlewellan Forest Park, Co Down yesterday 29 September. Congratulations to T3 ladies Marie Boland and Jenny O’Connell who came first and second in the women’s race. There were also some great performances across many of the age groups. The end of season dinner in Ranelagh was equally well attended and was a great night out. Well done to all competitors and organisers.
T3 Hosts Chrissie Wellington
T3 Triathlon Club, in conjunction with Acorn Ireland, were proud to have organised for Chrissie Wellington, 4 times World Ironman Champion, to come to Dublin and give a talk on Tuesday night last, 14 August. Over 400 people turned up, with all proceeds going to Crumlin Children’s hospital and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Well done to all the T3ers who helped out with various tasks – thanks to all. Thanks also to Ivor and William Fry Solicitors for sponsoring the event.
Our photograph above shows (L-R) Aideen, Jenny, Ivor, John, Chrissie, Craig and Eddie before the event.
Hell of the West 2012
TriAthy 2012 – Saturday 2 June
T3 Roundwood Duathlon April 2012
T3 Roundwood Duathlon March 2012
Last Sunday 25th March we held the first T3 Duathlon of the year on the nicest day of the year so far. Eddie’s race report can be read here. Our photographer has nicely captured club stalwart Barry O’Connor (left) post-race, putting the “3″ into T3.
Results can be downloaded here. Well done to all who participated ! Note that the second Duathlon in the series is planned for Sunday 15 April.
T3 Half Marathon TT
The inaugural T3 Half Marathon Time Trial took place on a glorious spring morning last Saturday 3 March. There was a great turnout of T3ers plus a few guests. Usual suspect Craig Molloy recorded the best time, with Jenny and Ryan taking second and third places. Well done to all participants. Final results can be found here : T3 half marathon TT final results.
T3 Women hit the hills
T3 ladies pictured during an informal women’s training spin to Glencree on Feb. 26, 2012. There are possible plans to arrange a regular women’s spin – watch this space !
Left to Right : Gena, Jenny, Celeste, Laura, Lucy, Helena, Clara.
Winter Training Camp 2012
The winter training camp was held Friday 20th to Sunday 22 January 2012 at UL Sports Campus and it was a huge success. Many thanks to Brendan, Helena and Karl for organising it, and to Peter and Tom for all the coaching. Photos of the weekend can be seen on the gallery page here.
Lifetime Membership Award
Paul Griffin, aka Griff, was awarded honorary life membership of T3 at the winter training camp in Limerick in recognition of all the work he put in getting the club off the ground in its formative years.
Many thanks to fellow T3er Lucy Cotter who made the customised cake. Read more about Lucy’s cakes here.
The T3 2011 Christmas Party
The 2011 Christmas Party was held on Thursday 15 December at Fallon and Byrne. A great night was had by all. There are some photos in the Gallery – click here.
T3 Triathlon Club Dublin
T3 Triathlon club was formed in South Dublin in 2008 – see our About T3 page for more information.