Final preparations are underway for this year’s Lough Neagh Triathlon sponsored by Acti-Snack, taking place in Ballyronan on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at noon. Triathletes from near and far will descend upon Ballyronan to take part in a race which has become legendary in triathlon circles. With the race entry selling out, the popularity of triathlon continues to grow.
The event, sponsored by Acti-Snack and organised by Hi Elbow Triathlon Club, Cookstown District Council and Traad and Ballyronan Ballinderry Development Association, will be over the sprint distance of a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5Km run. A shorter Super Sprint race, aimed at those new to triathlon, is also being promoted, starting at 12.20 pm. A new addition for the triathlon is a children’s event at 10:30am, designed for young people aged 4 – 15 years old.
Race organisers are delighted to welcome new title sponsor, Acti-Snack, on board for the first year. Acti-Snack is a range of sports nutrition dried fried, nut and seed snacks, made in Northern Ireland. It gives athletes of all levels a healthy snack choice as it’s designed to help meet nutritional goals while training for, competing in and recovering from exercise.
Local hopes of a win will rest with David Morwood and Laura Wylie. Both represent the promoting Hi Elbow Club, they expect to have plenty of vocal encouragement on the course. Harry Speers, recently returned from the Commonwealth Games will provide a strong challenge over this distance, as will Belfast’s Clifford Rogers, and Dubliner Michael McGloin.
The Super Sprint race has continued to grow in numbers from last year. It gives beginners to triathlon the perfect introduction to triathlon. Samantha Convery from Maghera and Claire Killen from Greenisland took part last year, and have now built on the experience to enter this year’s sprint race.
Triangle T.C will have Ben Steen, from Coleraine, Gavin O’Kane from Limavady, and James Walton from Portstewart competing in the Lough Neagh Triathlon sponsored by Acti-Snack. The entry list also welcomes international entrants from England, Germany, Poland and Mexico.
The course is a multi-lapped, spectator friendly course, designed to offer competitors as much safety as possible, and to give spectators a great view of the action. The swim section will be a triangular course starting and finishing on the beach. The cycle course takes in the Ballynagarve Road, Loves Road, Carraloan Road and Ballyronan Road. For the first time the run course will take in the Ballyronan “Woodland Trail” before covering an ‘out and back’ course along the Ballynagarve Road. Delays will be expected in Ballyronan and on the course between midday and 2pm.