Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Temple - League#9 (28th July 2015)

Miraculously the rain stayed away from the Temple TT course. A magnificent eight rootin' tootin' riders started out as usual at 6:45 in one minute intervals.

Before the TT started Peter McGuicken turned heads wearing what appeared to be a tailored suit!

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
- ZZ Top

McGuicken soon changed into his 1970's cycling skinsuit and order was restored in the Temple parking lot.

Competition was fierce in the mid field this week with mere seconds determining bragging rights. Preshaw once again "stuck it" to McHenry. If only Preshaw could do that is a race then McHenry might even be bovvered!

Fine performances from the girls this week, both of who are building back up for a strong second half of the season.


Emma Kerr          32:15
Ali McConnell      33:26

Vaughan Purnell    26:26
Paul Hetherington  30:03
Conor Preshaw      30:11
Dave Lonnen        30:25
Desi McHenry       30:45
Peter McGuicken    32:50

Thanks to Glen for time keeping.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Annahilt (21st July 2015)

Performance of the night was Gavin Browne in the role of safety officer. The County Down cowboy began by helping two farmers herd their cows across the road before the TT start. Browne was later seen controlling traffic on the Glebe Road in order to let the riders have right of way. To achieve marshal perfection however Browne would have needed to provide lemonade and chocolate muffins at the end!

The TT 2015 calendar only visits Annahilt once this season. The earlier wet weather semi cleared to leave a damp and cloudy summer night. On google maps the Annahilt course looks easy but in reality it's a hard ride home from the first left turn.

In the girls category, Miss Aero-Kerro took the top spot once again. Would all the girl challengers please take a step forward?

Meanwhile Marron continued to impress for a second week in a row. Back in week one no-one would have predicted Marron would be 3 seconds off the mighty Ironman Millar. Marron is in great shape for tackling the Dolomites next week.

In the mid field McGandy and Pollock had a bit of a tussle with McGandy coming out tops. Pollock blew his chances early on with some very ill advised pacing!

Finally there was another strong and consistent ride from McGuicken and an interesting time from Lonnen, who is perhaps not getting the long lie-ins and afternoon naps to which he is accustomed.



Emma Kerr         24:16


Mark Millar       19:37
Enda Marron       19:40
Vaughan Purnell   20:33
Mark Hanna        21:16
Conor McGandy     22:38
Glen Pollock      22:40
Peter McGuicken   24:10
Dave Lonnen       24:16      

Thanks to time keepers Gavin, Ali and Conor P.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Carryduff - league#8 (14th July 2015)

Holiday time, people are away, therefore a perfect time for all on summer staycation to pick up some league points.

Miss Kerr enjoyed a gentle spin through the rolling hills of Carryduff and Ballygowan to collect le maximum de points.

Marron ended a long drought with the best time of the night. The last time Marron was top of the podium was back on July 16th 2013 in a Temple 2 lap. It is good to see a return to form for Marron after what can only be described by most people as a shaky start to the season.

Perhaps the most significant result was Padawan Preshaw surpassing his Sith Lord McHenry. Little does Preshaw know the pressure has only started! Preshaw will need to keep the PBs coming thick and fast.

Finally thanks to Peter McGuicken for being the only honest person to admit the times were all a minute faster than they should have been. Note: this was caused by sending a hare off 5 or 6 mins before the start with a synchronised stopwatch. Until this issue was brought to light most people seemed very happy with their times!!


Emma Kerr           36:42


Enda Marron         28:05
Neville O'Neill     28:13
Vaughan Purnell     28:37
Conor Preshaw       32:16
Desi McHenry        32:22
Peter McGuicken     35:01

Thanks to time keepers Vaughan (end) and Neville (start).

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Temple 2 lap (7th July 2015)

Blustery Temple 2 Lap

Peter McGuckin      32.51     67.11
Conor McGandy      30.18     62.03
Conor Preshaw        29.57     62.11
Bill Rafferty               28.56     60.00
Desi McH                   30.57     62.29
Enda                           26.55     55.21
Mark Kane                 24.14     49.37

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.