CTC Summer 2023 update

Club survey – CTC is looking for member feedback on a few key club decisions in relation to off-season training and social events. Please take the time to complete this five-minute survey to help fine-tune the club’s training and social offerings!

Latest news πŸ“°πŸ—žοΈ

Lost Sheep marshall sign-up is open: The second of the club’s annual races: Middle Distance triathlon, Lost Sheep, is taking place on Saturday, September 2. Over 450 athletes are taking part and 90/100 marshalls are needed to ensure the day goes ahead smoothly and safely. Please sign up to help the club if you can. Volunteering includes overnight accommodation, food and a great night out.

Pool sessions are finished for the summer and will return in October.

National Series rankings: CTC men’s team is currently in 7th place with two club members, Ed O’Mahony and Richard Pierce completing the series already. A number of members, including Trevor Woods, Richard Scallan, Brendan O’Neill, Mick Scannell, John O’Connell and Paul Kelly are aiming to complete the series in the coming weeks.

On the female NS circuit, CTC has four triathletes competing as individuals, Maria Cronin, Anne-Marie Power, Patrice Holmes and Aoife Greene are all looking to qualify as contenders with 2 or 3 races completed and 1 or 2 more in their sights. Three CTC males and females will also be able to qualify for the mixed team leaderboard – stay tuned for updates on their progress!

Registration on Eventbrite: Please remember to sign up to sessions via Eventbrite so we can track attendance and also in order to ensure we have access to emergency contact information.

Swim πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸŠ

Aquathons: These Thursday night events at Dock Beach have continued to be very popular with big numbers in recent weeks. With such high attendance – the decision has been made to have two kayaks in the water, supporting the swim. This means we now need two kayakers and two timekeepers to run the event. Please be sure to register on Eventbrite if participating and also volunteer every few turns if you have the time.

Summer pool sessions with Tomas Kenefick were well attended in June and July with Tomas reporting much improved swimming and confidence. Well done all!

Open Water skills sessions – Brendan O’Neill coached two OW skills sessions earlier in the season at Dock beach. The sessions, for new to open water members, who want to gain experience in the sea and in race conditions were very well attended with a lot of positive feedback. The session included drills on sighting, drafting and some speed work.

Pool swimming is now finished for the summer and all three pool sessions will restart in October.

Unofficial Open Water swims continue to thrive in the summer sunshine (and rain). There is an unofficial Whatsapp group for arranging swim buddies – the link to join is here.

Bike πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš΄

Time Trial Tuesdays (TT) continues to run for the summer months at Killalough Cross with the route running on a back road adjacent to the M8 between Glanmire and Watergrasshill. A TT explainer was created to help members understand how it works and what to expect if attending for the first time. Please remember to register on Eventbrite if attending a session and volunteer if you can, every so often.

Sunday Cycle and the “Explore Cork” cycle series: Once a month, since March, CTC has been joining neighbouring clubs (Kinsale, Blackwater, Cobh and West Cork) on a Sunday cycle to try some new routes, see some new scenery and meet some other triathletes! The series has been well received and in July CTC hosted the clubs that we have visited already. Stay tuned for the next away cycle adventure!

Run πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ

Track sessions at the Sonia O’Sullivan track at UCC Mardyke, coached by Brendan O’Neill, continue to be popular. These sessions run until the end of August – ending the season with an extra-special session which will have sweet treats to enjoy! Please continue to register for these sessions on Eventbrite.

In September, grass sessions are held at UCC farm, followed by a three-week break – before returning to the “hearty and wholesome” interval sessions at the business park on the Model Farm Road at the end of October!

Sessions πŸ‹οΈπŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

S&C – Nicole Butler of Base Fitness is looking to run strength and conditioning sessions for the offseason, starting in October and running through to December. There is an option this year to have early morning S&C sessions. – if interested in attending, please complete this survey to assess club member preferences.

Yoga: The club is looking at putting on low-intensity injury prevention yoga from October (for off season) and we would like to know what times and days suit members best. – if interested in attending, please complete this survey to assess club member preferences.

King of The Hill 2023 πŸ‘‘

The first of the two annual club races, our Sprint race: King of the Hill, took place on July 22. Over 60 marshalls helped to ensure the day went smoothly, with many more CTC members representing the club on the circuit! The race was won by Denis Hegarty (East Cork Tribe) and Deirdre Casey with Meadhbh Moynihan (Crosshaven Tri Club) and Donncha Kiely (Cork Tri Club) coming in second place and Sebastian Helka (West Cork Tri Club) and RoisΜ›in Kelleher taking third place. Well done to all involved in the day.

Socials πŸŽ‰

CTC is always looking for new ideas for social events and we want as many people as possible to get out and about, meeting new members and enjoying the community side of CTC. Anyone with social event ideas can contact admin@corktri.com or complete this survey.