Hundreds take part in Tobermore Lough Neagh triathlon

Competitors entering the water at the Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon
Competitors entering the water at the Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon

Over 200 competitors lined up along the shores of Lough Neagh for the sixteenth Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon on Saturday, August 12.

With triathletes coming from across Ireland for the Vodafone National Series event, the promise of high quality racing was never in doubt.

Podium placers in the male race: Richard Doyle, 2nd, Piranha Triathlon Club; Daniel Quigley, 1st, North West Triathlon Club; James Cleland, 3rd, Hi Elbow Triathlon Club

Podium placers in the male race: Richard Doyle, 2nd, Piranha Triathlon Club; Daniel Quigley, 1st, North West Triathlon Club; James Cleland, 3rd, Hi Elbow Triathlon Club

As diverse a field as ever, national champions, Commonwealth Games athletes, as well as para-triathletes and novices took part in the challenging event.

Covering a sprint distance, athletes started with a 750m swim in the Ballyronan Marina, followed by a 20km cycle in the surrounding countryside, finishing off with a 5km run.

Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council - which sponsored the event - said: “We were delighted to support this fantastic event here in Mid Ulster in its 16th year.

“It was great to see so many competitors and spectators alike soaking up the incredible atmosphere that Hi Elbow Triathlon Club has once again created.”

Winner of the female race, Laura Wylie of Hi Elbow Triathlon Club, exiting the water at Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon, Aug 13

Winner of the female race, Laura Wylie of Hi Elbow Triathlon Club, exiting the water at Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon, Aug 13

Presenting the awards post-race David Henderson, Managing Director at Tobermore, said: “We are delighted and proud to support the Lough Neagh Triathlon. It was fantastic to see the impressive range of talent on display in this exhilarating sport.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes involved, especially to Daniel Quigley and Laura Wylie as winners in their respective races.”

Ken Vance, Race Director added: “A fun and family friendly event, which saw children as young as four take part in junior races, to Ireland’s elites showcasing their abilities, I’m encouraged by the support we have had from the local community in Ballyronan.

“They have been tremendous supporters of the event in recent years.”