Tri an Mhi – A big year for a young club!

Tri an Mhi (Meath’s only triathlon club) are congratulating themselves on an
excellent year of activities, especially since the club was only formed some
three years ago yet is evidently going from strength to strength.

The year began with the Triathlon Ireland Awards Night where David Hawcroft
received awards for ‘Triathlon Ireland Race Official of the Year’, and the gold
award for National Triathlon Series winner in his age group.

When competitions began in the spring several members warmed up
with races such as the Connemara ultramarathon and the Belfast City
marathon, then new member Paul O’Rourke distinguished himself with 19th
place in a very large and high quality age group for the European duathlon
championships in Limerick.

Perhaps the pinnacle of the competitive aspect of the club year were excellent
finishing times for Siobhan Payne (14 hrs 16min), and brothers Declan
(11hrs17) and Pearse Fahy (11hrs 52) in the Austrian Ironman. Here Declan
managed a sub-4 hour marathon; and this is after swimming over 2 miles
and cycling 120 miles!! Later Paul O’Rourke achieved the highly desirable
goal of a sub-12 hour Ironman race in very hilly Bolton, UK. More recently
other members, Kieran Watters (12hrs.50) and Shane Monaghan (13hrs.05)
performed exceptionally well in the aptly named ‘Hardman Triathlon’ where
the cycle leg involves a trip around the Ring of Kerry (but only once!) and
in this year the Atlantic gave the athletes a good dose of west of Ireland

John Downes is a member best known for his long distance (even ‘extreme
distance’) swimming exploits, and also as a founder member of the Meath
Masters Swimmers. After several years of build up, his attempt at a channel
swim, partly to raise money for Down’s Syndrome charities, was thwarted by
strong winds and high seas which left him on the beach at Dover, having to
return home when the tide pattern changed against him. The weather also
stopped a September attempt but he has already booked his pilot for June

As the triathlon season winds down members are keeping active with entries
to the Dingle and Dublin marathons but recent recruit Ernesto Blasco escaped
the Irish weather for a go at the Ironman in Barcelona (and did it in 10.27!!),
a race with the distinct advantage of not requiring wet weather cycle gear for
the trip!

Tri an mhi is a small club and hence has a good social structure with regular
and friendly training events. Most Sundays there is a cycle spin from Navan,
Kells or Trim, a swim session in Loch Lene during the summer, and members
often meet up for the local athletics clubs road races. As part of that training
structure, the club organised aquathons and duathlons in the spring of 2011
(and has them planned for this coming autumn also), but non-members are
always welcome to sample the sport and meet the club members. The club

has benefited this year from the qualification of member Shane Monaghan as
a triathlon coach, specialising in swimming.

As a contribution to the local sport event calendar Tri an Mhi hosted a half-
ironman (May) and also a sprint distance triathlon (September), based on
Loch Lene at the western edge of County Meath, in both case attracting in
excess of 100 competitors. One competitor later emailed her view ‘the best
triathlon of the year’

Prospective members can get more information from the website or Facebook
and will be most welcome to meet the club at the AGM in early winter.

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