Finbar retains his crown

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Finbar retains his crown thumbnailTHE male and female Firmus Energy Newry City Triathlon winners Sheena Dullaghan and Finbar McGrady with their trophies.

FINBAR McGrady retained his Firmus energy Newry City Triathlon title on Sunday at the Quays with a stunning display of athleticism.

The tall doctor, who won the race last year, was first out of the 750-metre swim in 10.42. And he built on his advantage with a powerful 20-kilometre bike ride of 30.04 (joint fastest) before cruising around the three-lap 5k run in the sizzling time of 15.45 for a total time of 58.30.

In second place was Setanta's Peter Tomany who clocked 1.01.37 while Sean McDonnell (1.02.38) outkicked Henry O'Neill (1.02.41) to take third place.

For the ladies, Setanta's Sheena Dullaghan stormed across the line in first spot, recording a nippy 1.12.34 with splits of 12.20 (swim), 35.58 (bike) and 19.46 (run). In second spot was Newry Tri Club's Maria Byrne, sister of the winner, who clocked 1.18.11 while another Newry Tri member Ann Marie Featherstone was third in 1.20.21.

Other local top 20 finishers were: Peter Mc- Conville (1.03.40), Gareth Kelly (1.05.47), Mickey Havern (1.07.03), Benny McArdle (1.07.19), Jonny Gregg (1.08.37), David O'Prey (1.09.23) and Ruairi McKeown (1.09.44).

It was a tremendous event. The Newry City race has been widely acclaimed as being the fastest sprint triathlon in the nation, but it's also surely the best value event of its kind. For a 30 entry fee all competitors got a first class goodie bag(worth at least 20), a fine finishers' medal, lots of good food provided by Adrian Garvey of Synge&Byrne and a superbly organised race, thanks in no small measure to the Newry Triathlon Club, under the direction of Shane McCourt.

Shane told the Democrat: "The triathletes were great, loads of smiles and the event went really well. There were no accidents and everybody finished safe and sound. And I would like to pay tribute to the marshals who did such an excellent job."

Another reason the day went so well was the joint impute of Newry Business Improvement District (BID), the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and main sponsors firmus energy.

Eamon Connolly of BID, was pleased with how things went as he told the Democrat: "I'm delighted the day was such a success. Everybody seemed to enjoy it. And we enjoyed working with the Newry Triathlon Club.

They were so well organised and efficient, thus making it a hugely successful event."


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