Thurles Duathlon 2016 will take place Sunday morning. This years event organisers are encouraging athletes to “better your best and improve your time.”
The event is open to all, with a Ladies & Men’s Beginner race, a Sprint (Experienced) race also for Ladies & Men and a 1 km fun run for the kids.
All adults who compete will have their own individual timing chip that will provide a break down of competitor’s progress through out the race.
Duathlons continue to grow in popularity, the race itself consists of three legs, a run section, change to a cycle section before a final run section. The course is based in Kickham Park on the Mill Road, taking in Ladies Well on the run section, with the cycle section heading out by Tonagha, across to Drish Bridge, onto the Dublin Road before a 1km sprint to change over for a repeat of the earlier run section.
Just back from winning a Bronze Medal at the European Indoor Masters Championships, Adrian McGinley event organiser spoke glowingly of the whole experience, “We are looking to build a strong, vibrant, not to be missed Duathlon. The course we have is a challenge for athletes at all levels and when we heard how happy the athletes and their children were, we knew we would be back again this year. As a spectacle our volunteers were really impressed with the level of competition and the camaraderie. If you’re out and about on Sunday morning and not racing yourself, there are plenty of good vantage points along the course. That said, I’d recommend heading to Kickham Park, watching the change over from the run to bike and back to run is certainly an interesting and tense affair. Look, our aim is to keep the athletes happy and as we are saying, better your best and improve your time. Of course we also hope to see new faces take on the challenge.”
The event will cater for all level of athletes on the day. At 10am a Beginners Duathlon consisting of a 1.7km Run, 8.5km Cycle and 1.7km Run for age 16 years and over. Followed at 12pm by a Sprint Duathlon consisting of a 3.6km Run, a 17km Cycle, finishing with a 3.6km Run for ages 18 years and over.
We will also have 1km Kids run at 12pm. Organisers spoke of their delight at the response they received from last years competitors.
Brian Cleary, said “Brilliant event, very well organised for a first year event. Onwards and upwards, bigger and better for next year.” Another Brian, Brian Ely was equally impressed, “Well done lads, best marshaled event I’ve been to yet.”
Anyone interested can book in online by visiting Thurles Gaels website or by visiting It’s Your Race webpage and entering Thurles Duathlon. The Beginners Race is €20, with the Sprint Race €25, athletes can also come along on the day and sign up, there is an added fee for late entries.