The Tri an Mhi Middle Distance triathlon has become an increasingly popular race on the Irish triathlon calendar. The race is well organised and for those aiming to take on a full ironman it offers an opportunity to get in a practice run, on home turf. Last year the race sold out in just 12 hours and when the dust settled it received hugely positive feedback. The Tri an Mhi Middle Distance race has returned again for 2014, although this year the race date has changed and cash prizes are on offer.
So what can participants expect from the 2014 Tri an Mhi Middle Distance Triathlon? NewToTri caught up with the race organisers to find out:
What can competitors expect from this years Tri an Mhi Middle Distance race (TMMD)?
The Tri an Mhi CXIII event began in 2011 with just under 100 entries. It was a new event on the triathlon calendar and since then it has grown each year. It has developed into an event that has been described by previous winners and competitors as one that provides a thorough examination of your fitness and ability to perform in testing conditions. Last years winners are expected to return to defend their titles and retain their perpetual cups for another year. The mens winner Niall Somers enjoyed great success in 2013, winning his age group in Ironman Austria which in turn gave him the golden ticket to race Kona in October. Womens Champion Jennifer Duffy displayed a level of determination that is rarely seen in Irish races and we hope to see her back in June also.
We are increasing the prize pot and €5,600 on offer. Following last years race, we spoke to not just the winners but also to those that finished further down the field and those who were successful in the age groups. The introduction of generous prize money for the first five men and women as well as the first 3 in all age groups has been well received and is suggesting a race that will see a few very tight finishes!
This years race will see a few adjustments to improve the overall race day experience for participants and spectators and these will be announced closer to the day. We’re hoping for blue skies, warm gentle breezes that offer an air temperature of about 23C and a water temperature of about 16C on June 7th next – after all, we can all hope!
Can you tell us a bit about the swim, bike and run sections?
The swim is in Lough Lene, a lake situated in north County Westmeath between the villages of Castlepollard, Collinstown, and Fore. An irregular oval shape, possibly 3.2km (2 miles) long by 1.7km (1 mile) broad. A freshwater lake, it is well known for the clarity of the water, with the term ‘Gin Clear’ being used frequently to describe it. It sits approximately 97m (312 ft) above sea level and covers approximately 500 hectares. The length of the swim is 1.9km.
The swim route will be a two lap format which allows for the best safety cover possible. Water safety is taken very seriously for all events we organise. We submit a detailed water safety plan not only to Triathlon Ireland but also to the Westmeath County Council Water Safety Section where is is reviewed by their official. In 2013 will had five motorised boats on the water along with kayaks, longboards and club officials at the swim exit. Included in each boat was a trained lifeguard along with two lifeguards on the shoreline.
The bike course is also two laps, taking in the Oldcastle hill at about 16km and 62km. It’s a rolling course and is tough but fair. Over the past few years, this is the part of the course that many particpants with podium aspirations discover that they may have pushed to hard too soon.
The run portion has a cruel dog leg just after 1km which takes competitors up a small rise before returning back to Fore village where the will complete two laps of quiet country roads.
Heading back to the finish area they must again do the dog leg before finishing on a gentle downhill section. Regular Kona finisher, Ivan O’Gorman did the race in 2012 and described it as a run best suited to Billy goats!
We at Tri an Mhi believe the three disciplines are well tested during this race and whoever crosses the line first well deserves their title.
What were the reasons behind the change in this years race date?
The primary reason is that we wanted to give participants the best opportunity to have a full length swim. Last year the swim was shortened which was a major disappointment for everyone, especially given that the race had been awarded National Championship status. Another reason is that we wanted to offer
There is a limit of 333 entrants, do you you expect places to go quickly this year?
Last years event sold out in 12 hours and while the event is not National Series this year, the enquiry level is just as strong this year. A lot of Irish are traveling to Challenge Roth this year and many have already indicated that they will be racing Tri an Mhi CXIII 2014 in prepartion for their main event of the year. Given that the race is 6 weeks before Roth and 7 weeks before Ironman Switzerland, we believe that it will fill fairly quickly.
There are prizes on offer for a number of categories in this years race. What are they being awarded for?
Without the help of Sponsors a race like this would not be possible. The Base2Race triathlon specialist store in Ballymount have been supporting our event since the beginning and we are very thankful to them for the continued support. The prizes are for the top five men and women as well as 1,2,3 in all age groups. A prize structure for 1st to 5th of €500, €400,€300,€200,€100 will hopefully attract many of the countrys top level middle distance triathletes. We will also have some spot prizes on offer during the day which will go out to finishers throughout the field. Amphibia Sports Gear have also supported our club races for a number of years now and we are delighted to see that they along with Base2Race are growing stronger each year.
Lough Lene, Collinstown, Co. Westmeath
- Registration Opens 6pm Feb 1st
- Entry Fee: €79 (plus online registration fee)
- There will be an overall prize awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th (Men & Women).
- There is a course record bonus of €100 for men and women on offer.
- Overall prize winners (1st-5th) will be excluded from age group prizes.
- 1st€50, 2nd €40, 3rd €30 in ALL age group categories. 18-20,20-24;25-29;60-64;65+
- The prize value in each category shall be equal for male and female.
- Triathlon Ireland qualifier race for ETU Middle Distance Championships
We wish all those preparing for this race the best of luck from all the team here at NewToTri! You can register for this years Tri An Mhi Middle Distance Race by clicking here!
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