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Finish line triumph for 31st Stena Line Triathlon at V36

10 April 2017

131 competitors including 2 paralympic athletes and James Belton, aged 74 took part in the 31st Stena Line Triathlon event at V36 and Valley Leisure Centre on Sunday 9 April.

The annual event, now at the start of the Triathlon season included a junior, senior and veteran category, was open to recreational, elite and club competitors.  The event provided a challenge of endurance as they completed the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

First across the line with an impressive time of 1 hour 7 minutes 22 seconds was Sean Featherstone in the Senior Male category.  He was closely followed, only 13 seconds behind, by Finbar McGrady, in the Veteran male category.  Junior Male winner was Conor McGowan in 1 hour 23 minutes and 46 seconds.

In the female section, Heather Foley, who was competing in the Senior Female category, ran home in a time of 1 hour 11 minutes 6 seconds, with Catherine McCloskey in first place in the Veteran female category with a time of 1 hour 28 minutes 27 seconds. The first female junior to cross the line was in 1 hour 28 minutes 52 seconds, was Lauren Strange.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland attended the event and presented the winners with their prizes alongside Neil Palmer, from Stena Line the sponsor of the event.  Councillor McClelland commented “I was delighted to see such a great turnout at the Stena Line triathlon event which is part of the Triathlon Ireland Calendar. This annual competition is a fun and inspiring event, pushing athletes to their limit to get across the finish line and perhaps set a new personal record.” 

Councillor McClelland continued; “This is the second year, we ran the try-a-tri programme in advance of the event to encourage more triathlon novices to get involved and take up the sport. The six week programme, which took place at the Valley Leisure Centre, took participants through the various stages of training for a triathlon and prepared them for the their first ever event.  There were 20 participants this year who were part of this programme which built on last year’s success and I would like to congratulate all those who completed the programme and took part in their first event.” 

Full race results can be found at www.championchipireland.com/results as well as  www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Things-To-Do/Events/Antrim-and-Newtownabbey-Triathlon For more information on triathlon programmes, events or clubs in the area please contact Dean Holmes, Sport and Play Development Officer on T. 028 9034 0065 or E. [email protected]