Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Temple (28th July 2009)

A very wet Tuesday evening seen 10 riders turn up. Those who arrived at Temple garage by car would have been happy to call the TT off but when wet stragglers like Ricky, Colm and Damien turned up on their bikes everyone had to make the effort. Since no-one had mudguards (see Glen if you want to know the benefits of mudguards) it was deemed safer to scrap the 2UP and just go individually in 30 secs starts.

Good performances from everyone. Vaughan proved the socks work just as well in the wet as in the dry. Glen, back from holidays (training) in France got some revenge on Damien for earlier in the season. Biggest improver of the week was Ed Smith, obviously fired up after a good showing at the Lisburn triathlon last weekend. Age group winner at Lisburn, Kate, found some pre-holiday form narrowly pipping Emma (who so kindly cycles on the hard shoulder). Finally, the McGuicken is obviously benefiting from cycling with McHenry at the weekends.

Thanks to Maeve and Johnny for timekeeping and good luck to those doing the Mourne Tri this weekend.


1. Vaughan Purnell 29.22
2. Glen Pollock 30.41
3. Colm Hanratty 31.50
4. Johnny Hooper 32.01
5. Damien Eanetta 33.12
6. Peter McGuicken 33.19
7. Ed Smith 34.51
8. Ricky Cowan 34.47
9. Niall Magee 36.06
10. Kate Smith 36.25
11. Emma Kerr 36.39

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Killynure Hill Race 8 (21st July 2009)

Rain at 6:30PM saw people seeking shelter in cars. However the rain eased up in time for the start of Killynure and the riders were off into a headwind in the normal one minute intervals.

Connor Eannetta pipped brother Damien by just 1 second on his first Tuesday night outing. Kate, suffering from post holiday excesses perhaps found the hills tougher than usual and has volunteered to timekeep at the the next Killynure TT. Ed meanwhile had to contend with a saddle that wanted to point down all the time.

Thanks to Johnny for timekeeping. Next week is a 2UP so you only need to work for 50% of the time!

1 Vaughan Purnell 20.57
2 Connor Eannetta 22.29
3 Damien Eannetta 22.30
4 John McManus 22.34
5 Dave Lonnen 22.49
6 Colm Hanratty 22.51
7 Bill Rafferty 23.15
8 Willie Noteman 24.23
9 Peter McGuicken 25.01
10 Edward Smith 25.20
11 Emma Kerr 25.25
12 Kieran Hanratty 25.34
13 Judith Lowry 25.43
14 Joanne Bingham 26.29
15 Kate Smith 27.41

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Temple Garage - Race 7 (14th July 2009)

Ten riders came out for the holiday week TT which returned to Temple. The air temperature was perfect with a moderate headwind in places.

Vaughan's new socks didn't lose their magic in the wash and performed admirably again. Gerry "King of the Sportive" O'Neill put in a decent performance after many weeks absence. In the battle of the sibling's Colm seems to have shook off brother Kiernan for the time being. Putting in a late first appearance Dave Lonnen had a good run but faded in the hills over the last 2 miles. Peter is talking himself real close to getting a new bike; his bottom bracket has a lot of play and is locked solid preventing putting a new one in.

Thanks to Maeve and Judith for timekeeping so well.


1 Vaughan Purnell 28.39
2 Desi McHenry 29.23
3 Dave Lonnen 29.57
4 Gerry O'Neill 30.12
5 Pat O'Hare 30.16
6 Colm Hanratty 30.24
7 Johnny Hooper 31.17
8 Peter McGuicken 32.27
9 Willie Noteman 33.18
10 Kiernan Hanratty 34.05

Monday, 13 July 2009

Roadworks finished

The roadworks on the Temple TT route are away.

Hence, tomorrow's TT (14th July) will be the Temple route as displayed in the calendar - please be there as usual for 6:45PM.

There are no time keepers arranged so we will work something out on the night.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan (7th July 2009)

Due to popular demand (whinging by some) tonight was just one lap rather than the advertized two laps. This will not happen often; the organisers are a strict bunch and will not bend to any populist way of thinking.

Heading out to Saintfield was a breeze for most but after turning for Ballygowan the cyclists turned into quite a stiff wind. That and the hills made it a challenging course.

With Enda away cycling in the Alps and Desi on holiday it left the race open for others to do well. Davy after making a good increase in times on his new bike added tri-bars tonight and knocked another 30 seconds off his time. Lance is wrong - it is all about the bike. Vaughan sported a fashionable pair of long socks which seemed to pay off; we'll see how many turn up next week wearing similar socks.

Thanks to Niall and Pat for timekeeping. Also thanks to everyone who turned up at the Chelsea last Wednesday. One could tell the proper athletes who were drinking the water.

Keep an eye on this site for details on next weeks TT.

1 Vaughan Purnell 31.16
2 Damian Eannetta 31.43
3 Bill Rafferty 31.51
4 Glen Pollock 32.24
5 B Loughbridge 32.39
6 Davy Calvert 33.44
7 John McManus 34.16
8 Jonny Hooper 34.20
9 Peter McGuicken 35.04
10 Ricky Cowan 35.13
11 Maeve Savage 35.25
12 Peter Swann 35.40
13 Ed Smith 35.41
14 Emma Kerr 35.46
15 Joanne Bingham 37.01
16 Maeve Cahill 37.15
17 Heather Bamford 38.22

Monday, 6 July 2009

Calendar Change due to roadworks

Due to roadworks with a phased signal on the Temple route we are swapping the 7th July route with the 14th July route.

Hence, the 7th July is now Carryduff-Ballygowan TWICE round and the 14th July will be Temple.

Hopefully the road works will be away by the 14th July.

Please pass the word around.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Killynure Hill HANICAP (30th June 2009)

Conditions were again perfect for the handicap race over the undulating Killynure Hill. Seventeen racers turned up and after the briefing, which stated that drafting was not allowed, Heather Bamford was the hare we all had to chase down.

Bunching was inevitable as there were only 20 seconds separating some groups of five riders, however all seemed to abide by the drafting rule and there were no complaints at the end.

Victory went to Pat O’Hare, who held off John McManus by 16 seconds. The current number one ranked male triathlete in Ireland came third, holding off Enda by only 2 seconds.

Joanne Bingham, who incidentally is also the current number one ranked female triathlete in Ireland, won the ladies race.

Thanks to Desi for taking the time to work out the handicaps, to Damian Eaneatta, and to Marty from QUB for sharing the time-keeping duties.

Pat O’Hare and Niall Magee have kindly volunteered to do the time keeping at the next race on the 7th July.

Remember the summer social on Wednesday 1st July at The Chelsea on the Lisburn Road. Edna, who is touring round France on his bike for the next six weeks, is bringing along his maps to show us some of the mountains he is planning to conquer.


Pos Name Finish Hcap Actual Time

1 Pat O'Hare 25.38 3.55 22.33
2 John McManus 25.54 3.5 22.04
3 Glen Pollock 26.16 5.2 20.58
4 Enda Marron 26.18 6.45 19.43
5 Bill Rafferty 26.2 5.15 21.05
6 B Loughbridge 26.21 5.05 21.16
7 Peter McGuicken 26.25 3 23.25
8 Davy Calvert 26.37 3.1 23.27
9 Joanne Bingham 26.41 2.3 24.11
10 Tony McNulty 26.59 5.15 21.44
11 Edward Heaney 27.04 3.55 23.49
12 Mark Brown 27.12 6.55 20.57
13 Ed Smith 27.19 3.2 23.59
14 Niall Magee 27.3 2.45 24.51
15 Ricky Cowan 28.16 3.4 24.46
16 Heather Bamford 29.1 1.3 27.48
17 Kevin Morgan 31.09 5.05 26.04

TT Training 2017

What's it all about?

The TT league is a series of training events for triathletes from local Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs. These are timed sessions, not races, and there are a number of different events that reflect a fun element. The organisers are all volunteers. In June there is a BBQ and in October there is a prize giving evening.

Entry Requirements
Participants must have a current Triathlon Ireland license (either associate or full membership) - no exceptions. Participants must be a member of a Triathlon Ireland club.

Riders must have a working red rear light on their bike and sign a disclaimer before each event.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost however there is a suggested donation, which can made at the start of the season, of £30 to cover running costs.

When and where are the events?

The calendar can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The TTs take place on Tue nights at either 18:45 PM or 19:00 PM sharp from various locations - please see links for maps on this page.

In the event of having to cancel an event a note will be put on this website between 5PM and 6PM on the day of the event. One reason for cancelling would be because of bad weather.

What is the League?
The league is a series of 12 individual TTs with a competitor's best 6 results counting. There will be a separate league for the boys and girls.

Time keeping and marshaling duties?
Marshaling and time keeping duties are shared each week between the competitors.

Legal stuff
Competitors must show their Triathlon Ireland license, sign a waiver form and provide next-of-kin details before being allowed to join in. The TI membership covers public liability for any who are found to be negligent in their duty to other particapants and as such cause personal or property damage. TI also covers for members for 25,000 euro in the event of death or disability following an accidental injury.