Triathlon – ‘The Hell of the West’

Club members Billy Kennedy, Caroline & Edith Kearney competed in the Kilkee Triathlon, which is known as the ‘Hell of the West’. This is an Olympic distance event and comprises of 1 mile swim, 28 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. This years event certainly lived up to its name as the tide and rough seas adding to the difficulty of the swim, followed by a windy cycle leg and a 6 mile run of which three miles went up the mountain and three miles back! All three have competed in Europe already this year and accounted well for themselves in this event. Billy was 3rd Vet(& 17th overall) in a field of over 150 competitors. Caroline, although still a Junior, was 1st Lady with Edith 4th Lady. Indeed Edith was 2nd going into the run but took a wrong turn costing her approx 8 minutes. As a cycling club we can take special pride in their performances on the bike leg with Caroline 18th fastest and Billy 20th fastest against all competitors !! It should also be noted that Caroline finished ahead of Billy in the overall and Edith a few places behind. Also ex club member (soon to return we hope) Paddy Cullen placed 8th overall in the triathlon. When he comes back he can tell you the story how he ended up in a field during the Gorey 3 day and was nearly missed by neutral service who were attending the other fallers until they heard a shout of ‘ hey, what about me?’