Wet night at the races for Island Wheelers
Ninth round of the inter-club League was a time trial on a wet Tuesday evening along the Dromore Road.
The rain made conditions for testing poor, at best, and, for this reason, there was a lower than normal turnout.
However four Wheelers made the trip over to the Dromore Road, just outside Lurgan. Alan McKeown was the highest-placed Wheeler finishing fourth overall, with Gerard McVeigh coming 6th, James McLaughlin 8th, and Sheena O’Neill 14th. The next round of the Inter Club League is a road race along the Annaghmore circuit at 19.30.
On Saturday week, a number of Island Wheelers were not only cycling, but also swimming and running at Tri Limits Sprint & Half Iron Triathlon at Lough Eskragh, Dungannon.
Gareth Donnelly, who has just recovered from a calf injury, initially intended on racing the half iron race however due to his injury setback, opted for the sprint race and used it as a building block to help rebuild his running fitness. Gareth, for not being at 100% race fit, came home a fantastic sixth overall with a time of 1hr 05mins 18secs in the 1km swim/20km bike/3km run sprint race. Gareth rode particularly strong on the bike, and had the third fastest bike split.
In the Half Iron Race (1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run), Kieran Talbot put in a solid performance throughout and clocked a time of 5hrs 13mins 29secs which placed him 26th out of 75 competitors. Kierans run in particular was very strong, something which he was pleased with himself and will be a great placemarker for him when he tackles his main race of the season, Ironman Galway 70.3.
Cheryl Cardwell was also racing the half iron, and come home with an impressive time of 5hrs 30mins 07secs to finish 35th overall.
A newcomer to the Island Wheelers but also to triathlon, having previously only completed a sprint tri, was Dean Burnside who had a fantastic day out on the swim/bike/run half iron course. He completed the course in 5hrs 48mins 33secs – brilliant going Dean – next step Ironman?
Best wishes to a quick recovery to Roy Burnside who had to only do the swim on Saturday due to a calf injury. Roy was at the sidelines cheering Dean and all the rest on, itching to be on the course himself – won’t be long hopefully Roy til you’re back!
Our weekly runs continue as follow throughout the year with new members always welcome; just come down to one of the runs and make yourself known to one of the riders!
Weekly Wheelers Runs
Weekly runs from Cornmill, Coalisland are over various distances, new members welcome; come to one of the runs and make yourself known - Wednesdays at 6.30pm; Saturdays at 10am, vpace controlled; and Sundays at 9am, usually 50-80miles.
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Weather for Dungannon
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind direction: South east
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Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North