Rachel wins the Boruman Sprint

Tuesday, 17 June 2014  |  Admin

Boruman Sprint  Triathlon


Last Saturday, I raced the inaugural Boruman Triathlon in beautiful Killaloe, Co. Clare. Run by Boru Tri Club, this race was popular among Limerick Tri Club members, with a big contingent showing up to tackle the sprint distance in the sunshine. Having not finished my last race at Lough Cutra (puncture), I was looking forward to getting through Boruman with no hiccups.


The 750m swim was all in the canal, meaning that it was a pretty hectic start. It was, however, excellent for spectators, who could walk the length of the swim as we thrashed about in the water. The temperature was pleasant and the route was straightforward. All you had to do was stay in between the two high walls and eventually you’d hit the exit ramp, which I did in a time of 11:54.

Photo by Dermot Mahony

Described as flat and fast, the bike route actually had some undulations and drags. Still, the out-and-back course was on familiar roads and in no way technical, a combination I very much enjoy. After passing a handful of female competitors and getting myself into first position, I dropped my chain while trying to change gears. I quickly had to brake, jump off and wrestle it back on, which cost me some time. Meanwhile, a group of cyclists passed me (putting me back into second place), who I promptly set about chasing as soon as I was back in the saddle. I pushed hard and got to T2 as first female with a split of 39:42.


The run was on a lovely course through the village and along the water, on a combination of road, trail, pontoon and even a few steps. The crowd support was fantastic here, with countless marshals and passers-by cheering on participants. My split of 20:19 allowed me to hold onto first place in the ladies race and finish tenth overall.

Photo by Paul Dorrel Photography

Thank you to Boru Tri Club for putting on such a wonderful event. There was a great mix of abilities on the start line and everyone was catered for. The amount of people who stuck around after crossing the finish line is a testament to how enjoyable the day was… and how much a novelty sunshine is!


Thank you to Boru Tri Club for permission to use the race photos. You can find more images from the race here on their Facebook page.


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