Over 200 competitors lined up along the shores of Lough Neagh for the 16th edition of the Tobermore Lough Neagh Triathlon on Saturday 12th August.
With triathletes coming from across Ireland for this Vodafone Ireland National Series event, the promise of high quality racing was never in doubt. As diverse a field as ever, it was comprised of national champions and Commonwealth Games athletes, as well as para-triathletes and novices to the sport.
Covering a 'sprint' distance, athletes began with a 750m swim in the tranquil waters of Ballyronan Marina, followed by a 20km cycle in the surrounding countryside, which culminated in a 5km run.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid-Ulster District Council, sponsor of the event commented: “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."
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 commented: “A fun and family friendly event, which saw children as young as four years old 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."