BBC Newsline Ireman Feature

August 25th, 2010

Posted by Luke (Pioneer Group) on Wednesday 25.08.10 at 15:10.

Maybe you noticed it. Maybe you didn’t. But if you happened to look up during your swim, you’ll know that there was a helicopter circling above the water in Groomsport. A film crew from the BBC were on board recording footage for a feature which aired on BBC Newsline on Monday 23rd August 2010. Check it out below!

Half Ireman / Ireman 226

August 25th, 2010


200 competitors start the challenge!

Triathlon Returns to North Down
Race Report by Conal Heatley (Race Director)

The Ireman Triathlon had it’s annual outing in Groomsport over the weekend. The event, hosted by Triangle Triathlon Club, welcomed nearly 200 athletes from across the British Isles and from as far away as Australia’s Gold Coast to the borough and provided a fantastic day’s entertainment under some welcome sunshine.

A stunning sunrise welcomed nine long distance competitors onto the beach for a 3.8km, four lap swim. First back into transition was Alfie Day with a three minute advantage over Michael Holland and James Harper. The perfect sea conditions encouraged fast swim times, with all nine coming ashore in under one hour and twenty minutes. With all the guys safely on the bike course, the action turned to the next event which was doubling as the Triathlon Ireland Middle Distance Championships. It was also part of the Decathlon Northern Ireland Triathlon Series, being held in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Groomsport looked stunning under blue skies and it was easy to see why sporting tourists would want to visit our shores.

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Mourne Triathlon

August 23rd, 2010

Posted by Luke (Pioneer Group)

The Mourne Triathlon has been a spectacle in the Triathlon Ireland race calendar for 25 years and 2010 showed why. The race committee from Olympian Triathlon Club, in particular Jan van Hooijdonk and Carl King, along with the Pioneer Group, brought a new burst of life into the already popular course.

Over 200 athletes competed in the race, starting with a tremendous open-water swim which Colleen Mallon – following her impressive time at the previous Series race Top of the Mourne – stormed through in a time of 16:48 closely trailed by Hi Elbow Tri Club’s Brian Campbell who emerged after 16:52.

Brian finished both the cycle and run in the fastest times of 1:10:27 and 31:59 respectively to claim the gold in 2:00:50 – with an 8 minute lead on 2nd place finisher Peter Savage from Newry Tri Club.

Setanta Triathlon Club’s Mary Laverty, back in the Decathlon NI Triathlon Series after her victory at Crooked Lake, won the female open with a time of 2:20:34, and Team David Hewitt won the relay event with a combined time of 2:15:45.

Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you to the race committee from Olympian Triathlon Club and the Pioneer Group on a great event for Mourne’s 25th Anniversary!

A full list of results can be downloaded by clicking here.

Official event photographs can be viewed here.

Top of the Mourne

August 23rd, 2010



Proud to finish Top of the Mourne

Posted by Luke (Pioneer Group)

The inaugural Top of the Mourne Triathlon in Rostrevor, Co. Down on Sunday 25th July welcomed over 100 competitors to one of the toughest Olympic distance races in the country. This course is not to be underestimated!

Race Director Peter Quinn along with members of Newry Triathlon Club put competitors to the test starting with the 1500m swim in Carlingford Lough which Colleen Mallon stormed through in 19:18. (despite having won the 3.5km open-water Rostrevor to Warrenpoint swim the previous day!). The cycle – notoriously tough, ruthlessly hilly and with ground that was slightly wet on the day to make it just that little bit harder – was no mean feat. Ross Collins from Newry Tri Club completed the bike in 1:15:10 giving him a clear 4-minute lead followed by an impressive sub-40 minute 10km run through Kilbroney Park Forest to win the event in an overall time of 2:19:47.

Olympian Triathlon Club’s Trudy Brown – winner of the previous Decathlon NI Triathlon Series, the Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon – also hammered her way through this course in a time of 2:36:15.

A full list of results from the event is available by clicking here.

Congratulations to Peter Quinn and his team on a great first year of Top of the Mourne!

Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon

June 28th, 2010

Local competitors at the Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon

Posted by Johnny Davis from the Pioneer Group (Race Director & Series Organiser) on Monday 28.06.10 at 14:20

Sunday saw the running of the inaugural Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Triathlon. Over 100 competitors started in the Sprint Distance race which took place at the Fermanagh Lakeland Lodges holiday complex at Aghnablaney, near Boa Island.

The competitors who had come from all over Ireland to compete began the race with an open water swim in Lough Erne starting from the first Marina and coming back into the second Marina. They then picked up their bikes and the cycle route took them out onto the B136 where they then joined the A47 to Belleek. The cycle leg took them out as far as the Mulleek Road turning point where they turned around and then headed back to the steep hill up into Lakeland Lodges. They then had to deal with the spectacular descent down the hill to the transition area where they left their bikes and headed out for the run. The run leg took them through the spectacular off road forest section at Lakeland Lodges and after 3 laps of this route they finished with the beautiful backdrop of Lough Erne behind them.

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Results from Spar Causeway Coast Triathlon

June 14th, 2010

Race winners with Adam Wilson (Race Organiser), Nigel Gray (Spar - Race Sponsor) and Johnny Davis (Series Organiser)

Posted by Luke (Pioneer Group) on Monday 14.06.10 at 16:00.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of working on the beautiful coast of Portrush for the second race of the 2010 Decathlon NI Triathlon Series: the inaugural Spar Causeway Coast Triathlon. The sun was shining and even a pair of Basking Sharks came along to check out the triathletes in action! This Olympic Distance race was won by Paul Carroll in a time of 02:15:22 in the male open and by Kay Hack in a time of 02:33:58 in the female open. A full list of results is available here.

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased here.

Congratulations to race organiser Adam Wilson and the members of Triangle Triathlon Club on a fantastic first year of the Spar Causeway Coast Triathlon! We’re already looking forward to the sequel!

Crooked Lake Triathlon BBC Coverage

June 14th, 2010

Posted by Luke (Pioneer Group) on Monday 14.06.10 at 14:35

It seems that the Decathlon NI Triathlon Series is taking the internet by storm! Here are some recent features you can check out online:

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Crooked Lake Triathlon Report

June 9th, 2010





1st, 2nd and 3rd place Males in Crooked Lake


Yet another Crooked Lake masterpiece
By Tony Bagnall

Saturday’s Crooked Lake Triathlon was yet another Camlough masterpiece.

As usual the sun shone, the lake was calm and flat and the 400 plus triathletes enjoyed the benefits of the best of village hospitality.

This race was a stunning success story and for the past number of years has unquestionably been the best event of its type in the land. The course was tough and challenging with masses of enthusiastic spectators thronging the lakeside to cheer non-stop for over two hours as top competitors from all across the nation slugged it out over the 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and five kilometre run.

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Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon Launch

June 2nd, 2010



Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon Launch

Posted by Johnny (Race Organizer) on Wednesday 02.06.10 at 16:15

The photoshoot was completed for the Impartial Reported and the Fermanagh Herald in advance of the Waterways Ireland Fermanagh Lakeland Triathlon. We are getting great local interest and support for the race across Fermanagh and Tyrone.

Thanks to Martin Dennany & Norma Herron from Waterways Ireland for coming down to the photo-shoot. As you will see from the photos, Martin is desperate to get on his bike and take part in the race!

I had a quick swim around the swim course and the water was perfect temperature and should heat up even more for race day! It goes without saying that the backdrop of Lough Erne and Lakeland Lodges was breathtaking as always. Thanks to Rosie Beare for the scones, tea and hospitality.

For more information on this event click here.

Feature on

June 2nd, 2010

Posted by Luke (Pioneer) on Wednesday 02.06.10 at 09:30

There is a great feature on the Decathlon NI Triathlon Series on the Triathlon Ireland website: Conal Heatley and Matt McKerrow from Triathlon Ireland were present at the launch shoot at Stormont with Conor Murphy MP MLA to represent the governing body of the sport and we appreciate them putting up this article on their website.

To see the article click here