This year’s firmus City of Derry Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday, June 14th, will include an Ulster Club Championship category for the first time.
Paul McGilloway, Race Director at the North West Triathlon Club (NWTC) who organised the event, said the new championship will add to the competitive level of the race for the serious triathletes as clubs compete for the prestigious title of the ‘Best Club in Ulster’.
“As the race has been granted National Series status by governing body Triathlon Ireland, we are keen to make this year’s triathlon as challenging and competitive as possible,” said Mr. McGilloway.
“This club element, which I believe is the first Championship Race of its kind at an Ulster triathlon, will give the firmus energy City of Derry triathlon an added boost and bring it up a level.
“We want as many Clubs as possible to enter a team, which would consist of a minimum of 10 people, including at least three female members. Teams can have as many people as a Club wishes but only the 10 best scores will be taken as the club’s Championship entry. With fewer than 100 spaces available for teams, athletes better be quick off the mark to grab spots!”
More than 500 people compete each year in the popular event, which comprises a 750m open water swim in the River Foyle followed by a 20km closed road cycle and culminates in a 5km flat run that takes in key attractions including the iconic Peace Bridge.
“As organisers, NWTC will not be competing in the Club Championship element but we want to encourage as many local Clubs as possible to form teams,” added Mr McGilloway.
“We would love to see mixed groups of all ages taking part to bring as wide a variety of triathletes as possible to the event. With its great atmosphere and stunning City backdrop, June 14th promises to be a fantastic day for those competing and those spectating.
“The Club team with the best scores will win the accolade of ‘Best Club in Ulster’ and our ambition would be to grow this element even more for next year’s triathlon, rolling it out on an All-Ireland basis.”
Angeline Murphy from sponsors, firmus energy, added: “The award of National Series to this year’s event is testament to the standard of the race, making it one of the best organised and respected triathlons on the island in just two years. This new element will help heat up the competition and I am sure that there will be a lot of support from other local Clubs who will choose to put a team forward for the Championship. May the best Club win!”
Registration for the firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon 2015 is now open. Those interested should visit www.firmusenergyderrycitytriathlon.co.uk