AFTER months and weeks of planning and preparation, Saturday saw Omagh Triathlon Club roll out the red carpet for triathletes from all round Ireland and beyond at the annual Tri the Lough Sprint Triathlon held at Loughmacrory.
The carnival atmosphere in the village added to the top quality racing on the day with over 260 triathletes lining up to race in the sprint race and Try-a-try.
Luke McCarron from North WestTriathlon was the overall winner in one hour and 28 seconds, with awesome splits of 9.25 minutes (swim), 32.04 minutes (cycle) and 17.40 minutes for the 5K run.
Erin McConnell from Peninsula Triathlon Club was first female with splits of 9.18, 35.1 and 20.35.
Overall there were 33 members representing the host club. First home was Conor Maguire, who was out of the water in 11.20 minutes, which was followed by a great bike of 32.37. This left him in fifth place heading out on the lap of the Lough where his strength on the run showed.
Having paced the run well, Conor moved up from fifth to second place with a blistering sprint back to the finish line seeing him home in a total time of 1.04.14 with his 5km split of 18.19 minutes one of the fastest on the day.
Also, Oisin McGuigan won his age group with an awesome swim and finished in seventh place in 1:06.26, while and Chris Gallagher ran barefoot!
In the relay race, the club had two relay teams – Worth A Try and Lady and the Tramp. Worth A Try were home first in 1.19.15 with Lady and the Tramp in 1.21.13.
In the Try-a-Tri, Sharon Hurson had a great race with splits of 11.20, 25.30 and 14.31 to finish in 54.29 and scond in her age group.
“A massive thanks to all the organisers, marshalls and volunteers, Club Committee, in particular Gavin, Dessie and Decky and everyone else who helped set up and clean up after the race,” said a club spokesperson.
“Thanks to the sponsors and Loughmacrory residents for making the event such a welcoming and carnival atmosphere and also to the football club for the use of their facilities.”
FULL REPORT IN YESTERDAY’S ULSTER HERALD