Joey Hannan 2011- A Beginners Perspective!

With the 2011 Joey Hannan Memorial Triathlon due to take place on Sunday May 8th, checked in with the Race Organisers to see what advice they might offer beginner Triathletes taking part in this years event!


What would you say to first time Triathletes considering entering either the Joey Hannan Novice or Sprint Triathlon?

“This is a well organised and popular race for all levels of sporting ability.  The Novice and Sprint distance races are a great way to ease into the sport.  The swim section is in UL’s 50m pool and is great for first timers who may be slightly nervous about the swim. The cycle and run courses go out from the University and then loop back in – so you never feel too far away from transition.  You don’t need to be super fit and super fast to complete either the Novice or the Sprint – just follow a beginner training program and you will finish this beginner friendly course.  Its not too hilly either and road surfaces are good. It is to be enjoyed! ”

Picture by Gordon Thomson

Question: Approximately how many entrants do you hope to have on totoal on the race day?
For the sprint race – we usually have around 200.
For the novice race -we’re catering for 100.
For the Standard distance/Olympic – we have 240.
Question: How challenging would you describe the race course as being (with first time triathletes in mind)
“This race is a flat enough course – so its ideal for first time triathletes getting a feel for the sport!
Its challenging in places due to headwinds on the bike but overall a good challenge for the first timer.”

Picture by Gordon Thomson

By all accounts it look like 2011 is set to be another successful year for the Joey Hannan Triathlons and a great opportunity for novice Triathletes to test themselves!

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The best of luck to all athletes taking part!

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