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Sunny North Coast hosts Triathlon

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Sunny North Coast hosts Triathlon thumbnailCompetitors taking off for the Triathlon in Portrush last weekend.

LAST weekend saw the Causeway Coast Triathlon on the beautiful North Coast in Portrush. This race has been called "the most picturesque Triathlon in the world" by many of those lucky enough to participate in it.
Race Director, Adam Wilson, said "It's a lot of hard work every year but I am so pleased that the numbers are increasing and that so many first timers get to see the wonderful race course which we have - every discipline is just jaw dropping!
“A record field of nearly 200 athletes took to the cool but not cold waters on Portrush East Strand before 10.00 a.m. on Saturday and the swim course which was scheduled to be 1,500 was slightly longer due to a buoy drifting but it was the same course for everyone."
First out of the water was Dominic McAllister, from Belfast, closely followed both by his brother Paul, and also by Rhodri Jones of the host club.
Meanwhile in the women's race, Christen McMaster of the Olympic Club in Belfast was setting the early pace and she was being chased down by Sonia Knox, of the Riada Club based in Ballymoney.
Rhodri Jones had a sub one hour 40K bike ride, ie he was going at more than 25 miles an hour!
The bike course saw the athletes leave Portrush past the Portrush Golf course turning right past the Royal Court Hotel on the Ballybogey Road before several lefts brought them back on to the North Coast route.
Two laps of this Triangle followed before the athletes eventually sped back into Portrush to rack their bikes in T2 before donning their running shoes.

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