Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Carryduff to Ballynahinch There and Back - (28th June 2010)

A pleasant evening with a sunset made a change from standing around shivering in the rain. The format was a straight 10K run down the A24 turning on 30 mins as they say in swimming terminology. The return journey provides more uphill and most people took 2-3 mins longer completing this leg.

A welcome back to John McManus who has been off travelling for the last 3 months. McManus once a "player" last year now finds himself with some remedial biking to do which he is well up for.

In the ladies competition Lowry showed a rare chink in her armour and dropped to third leaving McConnell to bask in the glory.

The mens competition had some very close together results with the difference probably coming down to being able to clip-in faster than the other person.

There has not been a joke this year so here's one to get the guys thinking on the next wet Sunday:
One morning a mad cycling nut gets up for his normal 3 hour morning training ride. He kisses his wife, still in bed, says goodbye and heads out. He is met with gale force winds, driving rain, hail and lightening strikes. After 10 minutes of being blown around, getting soaking wet and nearly hit by lightening he calls it quits heads home and quietly gets back into bed.
"Wow it's really horrible weather out there," he whispers.
"Yeah," says the wife, "can you believe my stupid husband is out there?"


1 Ali McConnell 17:06 20:09 37:15
2 Aisling Trainor 17:24 20:36 38:00
3 Judith Lowry 17:35 20:58 38:33
4 Angela Burns 18:57 22:12 41:09


1 Paul Carroll 13:55 16:06 30:01
2 Eamon Hill 13:55 16:08 30:03
3 Enda Marron 14:02 16:34 30:36
4 Vaughan Purnell 14:24 16:57 31:21
5 Matt Allum 14:24 17:24 31:48
6 Thomas Leitch 14:48 17:27 32:15
7 Colm Hanratty 14:55 17:43 32:38
8 David Morrissey 14:55 17:54 32:49
9 Glen Pollock 15:12 17:47 32:59
10 Desi McHenry 15:06 17:55 33:01
11 Davy Calvert 15:06 17:59 33:05
12 Peter Morrison 14:59 18:12 33:11
13 Dave Lonnen 15:14 18:04 33:18
14 Clifford Rodgers 15:27 18:08 33:35
15 Marty Lennon 15:26 18:30 33:56
16 Kieran McVeigh 15:22 18:41 34:03
17 John McManus 15:52 18:22 34:14
18 Karl King 15:43 19:19 35:02
19 Niall Magee 15:57 19:10 35:07
20 Johnny Davis 16:05 19:14 35:19
21 Garrett Greene 16:48 19:34 36:22
22 Kevin Allan 17:39 21:42 39:21
23 Patrick Dewer 19:55 25:03 44:58

Thanks to timekeepers: Neville, Wes, Anne and (?)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bike Orienteering and BBQ (21st June 2011)

The longest day of the year gave a wet, damp and cloudy evening. However this did not deter 35 or so hardy souls who took part in the inaugural bike orienteering event.

To begin there was a random draw forming teams of two. Teams then were given a map with numbered points which could be visited in any order. There was a time limit of 45 mins in force with time penalties for arriving back late. At each point the teams had to answer a question, often cryptic - blame Marty.

One other rule was that riders stay together at all times. However, any casual bystander would have seen plenty of individuals time trialling all over the place. Time management was poor as well with only Vaughan and Glen arriving back in time.

There were many contenders including the experienced mountain navigator Kettyle who lost time with a minor mechanical involving his rear wheel coming off? Neville of drafting and starting-before-the-gun fame tried to cheat with some 3G technology and a bit of Google street view only to lose the 3G signal.

The all girl team of Heather and Aisling triumphed in the end. Was this a case of brain over brawn?

After the orienteering there was a BBQ with home-made burgers and twirly sausage. Matt had a go on the tightrope slack wire; let's just say he won't be joining the circus this week.

PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING - Glen posing in purple pants! A fashion expose to surely eclipse all others.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Temple 2 LAPS (15th June 2011)

A great result for Enda indicating that the longer distances may be his forte. Also another ominously good performance from McHenry who seems to be getting better every week.

On the ladies race Judith is out on her own. Can Ali up her game before the end of the season to give Judith some competition?

No sign of Patrick this week; hopefully he did not get lost on his way to Temple. Last week Patrick missed the left turn at Moneyreagh and ended up practically in Belfast harbour. Luckily the PSNI were close by and able to give Patrick a lift back up to Carryduff.


1. Judith Lowry 63.23
2. Ali McConnell 67.12
3. Aisling Trainor 70.25
4. Joanne Bingham 71.37
5. Rose McGovern 71.55
6. Angela Burns 73.55
7. Anne Duffy 74.01
8. Caroline Cullen 74.20


1. Enda Morrow 54.47
2. Paul Carroll 55.36
3. Stephen McWilliams 56.10
4. Hooperman 56.35
5. Eamon Hill 56.40
6. Colm Hanratty 59.24
7. Desi McHenry 59.33
8. Dave Lonnon 60.29
9. Matt Allum 60.35
10. Clifford Rodgers 61.01
11. Johnny Bolan 61.45
12. Bill Rafferty 62.18
13. Peter Morrison 64.18
14. Greg Foster 64.44
14. Wes Kyttle 64.44
15. Jon Reilly 65.56
16. Willie Noteman 66.30
17. Peter McGuickan 67.07
18. Shane Quinn 67.25
19. Karl King 68.20
20. Kevin Egan 68.30
21. Ed Smith 70.26
22. Garrett Green 70.53
23. Andrew McMurray 71.19
24. Davy Calvert DNF (mech/puncture/tired)

Friday, 10 June 2011



Deadline for registering is June 14th. Contact Desi or sign the sheet this Tue at the TT.

The orienteering

- The orienteering starts at 6:45PM from Desi's house - see map on right hand side.
- Duration is 45 mins.
- Do as many points as possible within time and in any order.
- At each point you ID a feature (no dibbing).
- Time penalty given for late back and missing points.
- Riders go at 1 min intervals.
- Teams of 2 people, randomly drawn together.
- 2 bottles of wine for the winning team.


- Parking in Desi's field on the night.
- Free for all who have paid £20.
- Partners are welcome.
- Non-league TT party people can also go for a £5 charge.
- BYO.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Carryduff Handicap - 7th May 2011

A loud peal of thunder got the Handicap TT underway. As the riders sped off towards blue skies over Ballygowan the unlucky timekeepers got an epic soaking.

For this handicap event Desi had carefully worked time penalties for each rider which were subtracted at the end. A low time penalty can be interpreted as an insult and a high time penalty as a certain form of praise from the ex-World Champ.

A delighted Aisling scooped her first victory of the year, narrowly beating Caroline.

In the boys results, Marty Lennon who this year has been more elusive than that snow leopard David Attenborough was searching for, rolled over the line in the first place.

Two riders were lost in action; Patrick and Mike Lyons. For Mike this makes punctures two weeks in a row. Luckily for him there are great value innner tubes available for the low cost of £3 each.

The Midsummer TT BBQ name list was started so anyone going needs to get on this list asap.


1 Aisling 00:35:44 00:32:14
2 Caroline 0:36:36 00:32:36

1 Marty 00:31:04 00:24:34
2 Bill 00:32:21 00:25:16
3 David M 00:31:25 00:27:00
4 Johnny B 00:31:40 00:27:05
5 Niall 00:31:37 00:27:12
6 Dave L 00:32:24 00:27:29
7 Glen 00:32:16 00:27:41
8 Paul C 00:28:18 00:27:43
9 Davy C 00:32:22 00:27:52
10 Desi 00:31:04 00:27:54
11 Willie 00:35:12 00:28:07
12 Peter 00:36:46 00:28:11
13 Thomas L 00:30:55 00:28:30
14 Johnny F 00:31:55 00:28:35
15 Ed Q.F. 00:35:49 00:28:44
16 Clifford 00:32:00 00:29:00
17 Neville 00:30:28 00:29:08
18 Hooperman 00:30:17 00:29:37
19 Wes 00:34:14 00:29:44

Thanks to timekeepers: Vaughan, Colm, Ali and Shane

TT Training 2018

2018 News

The TT 2018 series is currently in a planning stage.

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.