Beginner Information

How do I join Cork Tri Club?

Members of Cork Tri must first be members of Triathlon Ireland.  We do this as our insurance cover is through Triathlon Ireland.  Prospective members must Join Triathlon Ireland through their website

During that process the option of selecting a club will be offered, select Cork Tri Club at this point.

Do I have to take full membership of Triathlon Ireland?

Triathlon Ireland can be joined as an associate member or as a full member.  If you join as an associate member you will have insurance cover and can join Cork Tri but a One Day License (ODL) will have to be taken out for every TI sanctioned race you participate in during the year.  With full membership this does not have to be done, ODLs cost in the region of €20 per race.  If you plan on racing more than three races it makes sense to join as a full member.

How much does it cost?

For 2017 membership of Cork Tri is €60, full membership of TI is €60 and training membership is €20, there are some additional credit card charges on top of these.  Junior membership of both Cork Tri and Triathlon Ireland is €20

What training sessions does CTC run for members?

CTC has training that covers all three elements of triathlon.  The competition season runs from about May to September, so the training breaks down to an in-season and off-season regime.


During the off-season swimming (for most members) is confined to the pool.  The club runs three 10 week pool sessions starting in October to December then 2 sessions from January to March and March to May.  These sessions are held in Leisureworld in Bishopstown on Tuesday nights from 8:45 to 9:45pm and in Leisureworld Churchfield on Thursday mornings from 7.00am to 8.00am. We also tie in with sessions coached by Gary Mason at Brookfield.  In addition to this, some members get together for sessions in the various pools around Cork, The Mardyke Arena, Silversprings etc.

There is a club cycle at 9.00am every Sunday morning from City Hall.  These sessions are currently being organised by Martin Bohane and Steve Evans, details of the spin usually appear on Facebook and the club website a few days before.  Attendance tends to be best from January to May and falls off a bit during the competition season.  There is generally a coffee stop in the middle of the spin (with cake!).

The Club has started a Wednesday evening run session at 6:30pm.  For the winter we are meeting at the city end of the straight road, in the carpark near the Kingsley hotel.The session is a 3.5km warm-up run along the pathway to the model farm road business park. When we get there, we do a timed tempo session between 2 roundabouts (~1km loop, session details published weekly), followed by a cooldown run back to the carpark.

At the moment the following sessions are running:

Monday evening Turbo Session in Highfield Rugby Club

Tuesday evening Stength & Conditioning with Mike Peterson in Brookfield Leisure Centre

Tuesday Swimming 8:45pm Leisureworld Bishopstown, coached by Brian Clifford

Wednesday Running 6:30pm Meet opposite the Crows Nest on the Straight Road (Group run)

Wednesday Swimming 7:30pm Brookfield Leisure centre, Coached swim session with Gary Mason (intermediate)

Thursday Swimming 7am Leisureworld Churchfield, coached by Brendan O’Neill

Thursday Evening Core Fitness with with Mike Peterson

Sunday Club Cycle 9:00am meet at City Hall (less intense cycle)


In the first week of May the club starts its weekly bike Time Trials (TT).  These are held on the old Midleton Road by the retail park at Carrigtwohill.  These start at 7.00pm every Tuesday evening, the course is just under 10miles long (15km).  Many members go for a short (7km) run after the TT.  A Summer League is held in conjunction and starts in about the 4th week of the TTs.  TTs run until the end of August and finish with a social evening with some prize giving.

Track session every Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on the UCC track on the Mardyke between April and end of August.

Thursday evenings at the Dock Beach during summer either an open water swim or aquathon 7-7:30pm .


What Coaching does CTC Offer?

Coaching usually starts with the weekend coaching session in Kenmare towards the end of February.  This runs from Friday evening to Sunday and covers all three disciplines as well as core fitness.  There are bike spins, running and pool sessions as well as talks from qualified coaches.

CTC now has a structured training programme with three different levels; High performance, Intermediate and Beginner.  This has been developed for CTC by Driven to Tri. This programme is set up in 12 weeks blocks and will be distributed in the club emails.  members are encouraged to give feedback on the sessions, these will be fed back to Harry Wiltshire, the coach so that the programme can be refined.

In the March/April time period the club organises several coaching/information evenings specifically targeted at those new to tri.

Does the Club have any social activities?

Yes, the social scene usually starts with a “Meet and Greet” night in some pub/hotel in the city.  This gives new members a chance to find out about our activities and meet some of the more experienced members and some of the other “newbies”.

There is a summer BBQ in July, this is usually held on a weekend when there is a gap in the competition season or is arranged with an away race (Schull, Fastnet Sprint Triathlon).

One of the races that the club organises is the “Lost Sheep” Middle Distance race in September, this is towards the end of the race season and the whole weekend is usually a great social event.  This coming year, 2017, the Lost Sheep is a National Series race and is the Irish Middle Distance National Championships.  Members are expected to marshal the race or if participating supply a substitute marshal in their stead.  Those marshalling are given free accommodation and dinner on the evening of the race (Saturday).  This event is often one of the later races on the calendar and as well as being probably the best race on the TI calendar is a great social event.  For beginners the difficulty of the Lost Sheep may be a bit beyond them, it is a tough race, it is an ideal place to get to know the club members better by marshalling and joining in the social evening.

There is a Christmas dinner held on the last week in November . There is usually a cycle on the morning of the dinner with coffee and scones.  This will be advertised on the website and the Facebook Page.

Does the club organise any races?

The club organises two races every year, a sprint distance race in Kinsale called “King of the Hill” on the last weekend in July and the previously mentioned “Lost Sheep” event in Kenmare.

Are there any responsibilities involved in being a club member?

Cork Tri is a purely volunteer organised club, all club members are expected to take an active part in club activities.  There is a club committee with the usual range of club officers, and as well as the main committee, there are two race committees one for Kinsale and one for Kenmare.  The club does not work unless members step up and take an active part.

As said there are two club races, members are expected to only race one of these and help marshal in at least one of the races.  If a member wants to race both races a competent substitute must be provided to take a members place as a marshal.  There are more than 100 marshals needed for Kenmare (the longer race) and about 70 needed for Kinsale.

There are a number of smaller roles as well, timing for the weekly TTs, leading beginner cycles, ordering club gear, etc.

How do I become involved in club activities?

Come to the AGM usually in early November, see the website for details.

Does the club cater for all levels of triathlete?

The club has members ranging from absolute beginners right up to people competing on the professional circuit.

Does CTC have Junior Membership?

Yes. Over the last several years the club has established a junior section.  The club tries to ensure Juniors can be catered for at club training sessions. Both the swim sessions at Leisureworld Bishopstown and Leisureworld Churchfield, and the club runs currently cater for Juniors with coaches with the relevant qualifications. On request Cork Tri Club will try to cater for Juniors at our other sessions.

Our Junior Co-ordinator may be contacted at

In recent years Triathlon Ireland have a programme of events specifically for juniors throughout the season.  A calendar of junior events is published by TI every year.

Please read our poster containing important information on child protection contacts for the club.

How do I find out about club activities?

All the club activities and events are advertised on the club website, registration for limited numbers events is also through the website with payment when required organised via Paypal.

Currently there is a weekly email to members notifying of upcoming events, club events, races coaching, TI notices etc.

There is also a CTC Facebook page!/pages/Cork-Triathlon-Club/125103274232445.  This is used with notices about events results from club members and interesting coaching tips/videos.