World’s End Triathlon 2019 : The Castleconnell rowing team that came 4th in the Junior World Championships.
World’s End Triathlon 2019 marks 10th Anniversary of Event
The annual World’s End Triathlon and Try-a-Tri take place on 17th August 2019 and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Castleconnell Boat Club, who continue to produce National and International rowing champions at both Junior and Adult level.
One of their own rowers, James O’Donovan, and his team won silver in the European championship earlier this month, leading him to then coming an impressive fourth in the World Junior Championships in Tokyo. Also on his team are Matthew Gallagher, Jack Dorney, John Kearney and Leah O’Regan.
This year’s event will feature a River Shannon swim, a cycle via Birdhill, Co Tipperary, and a run around the beautiful village of Castleconnell.
This years event will start with a 750 meter (Sprint) Swim*, (or a 175 meter Try-a-Tri Swim), in the River Shannon just in front of the Boat Clubhouse. This is the well-known World’s End recreational spot. After emerging from the water, bikes will be collected on the lawn alongside the Clubhouse
Founded in 1983, Castleconnell Boat Club has been introducing the sport of rowing to athletes of all ages for over 30 years.
The 20km Cycle course will take competitors out onto the old Dublin road. This is much quieter and safer since the M7 motorway was opened in 2010. The route will travel eastwards to Birdhill, where there is a left-hand turn back over an undulating course to the small, pretty village of Montpelier.
After a sharp left at the Montpelier Community center, it is back along the bog road to Castleconnell village. Upon entering the village, the cycle route ends at the public play ground and car park area (T2).
The Run will be 5km around the outskirts of the village and returning to the heart of the village at the community hall. The Triathlon organisers are dedicated to sustainability and no plastic bottles will be used on the day.
The main Sprint swim (red line below) starts in front of the clubhouse. All competitors will enter the water together and wait for a horn to start the race. They will then swim through the start gates going upstream approx 375 meters. The top of the course will be marked with a large buoy. Round this marker and return to the boat club slip covering a distance of 750 meters.
The shorter 175 meter Try-a-Tri swim (blue line below) will have the swimmers leave the boat club field and walk up the bank of the river to a marker in the water. They can enter the water from the bank, or from a small land outlet.
The water is shallow at this point of entry. Once the horn sounds for the start swimmers will have a 175 meter swim downstream. All the time they will be swimming alongside the shore, and will have access to the shore at all time
What makes this event great fun and one of the best of the season is the fantastic atmosphere on the day and the huge support for the triathletes, especially the beginners!!
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