2017 Club Championships
Following the success of 2016, the Belpark Club Championships returned to Westport for the second year running.
The Club Race is important for a number of reasons:
- It’s a National Series race, so there are personal and club points up for grabs.
- The Belpark Men’s & Women’s Club Trophies are up for grabs for the fastest Belparkers on the day.
Westport is so far away that most Belparkers will spend both Friday and Saturday night in Westport. After the race on Saturday there is a club meal in the Westport Coast Hotel where the Club prize giving will take place. Following that who knows what might happen….
Approximately 70 members competed in Westport this year, and there were many standout performances. Not only did Belpark have members on the podium with Kevin Keane finishing 2nd, and Ellen Murphy & Maeve Maher-McWilliams finishing 1st & 2nd respectively, there were also a large number of top 3 AG results.
The race is organised by Westport Triathlon Club who have been extremely accommodating and helpful in facilitating such a large contingent of Belpark athletes.
2016 Club Championships
This year’s Belpark Club race was held in the stunning town of Westport, County Mayo.
Westport Sprint Triathlon was the new destination for our annual club race & party, with 59 members completing the race – another huge turnout after Carlow last month.
Our annual club champions trophies were up for grabs, with our 2015 winners retaining their titles – Ellen Murphy finishing 2nd female and Brendan Murphy 4th male. Derval Devaney also made the podium in 3rd, plus we had several age group prize winners.
2015 Club Championships
There were some great results at 2015 Belpark Club Championships, which doubled for the rest of the triathlon world as the Hook or by Crook Sprint Triathlon in the lovely Dunmore East.
Our club championship race for 2015 was held in Dunmore East at the Hook or by Crook Sprint Distance triathlon in June. Each year we at the Club Championships, everyone can compete to become the male or female club champion – recognised by a perpetual trophy, plus bragging rights at the club BBQ that night!
- Ellen Murphy – Ladies Club Champion (1st in the race). Great to see a local winner and the cup staying in the Deise!
- Brendan Crawford – Men’s Club Champion (6th in the race), a year on from making this come back race from long term injury.
2014 Club Championships
- Brendan Murphy – Men’s Club Champion (4th in the race)
- Derval Devaney – Ladies Club Champion (1st in the race)
2013 Club Championships
The Hook or by Crook Triathlon set in Dunmore East was rescheduled for last week in August following a fishing tradegy earlier in the year. Dunmore East was sparkling on the day, the locals were out in force and the scene was set for a battle for Belpark’s Club Championship 2013. A large number of Belparkers showed up for the weekend and the pre race photo shoot risked delaying the race briefing. A few words form the organisers and we all got our priorities and gear sorted!!
Derval sprints to the line in Dunmore
There were some great performances from the club but it was Derval Devaney and David Power who earned the Club Champion titles for the year. They both had lightning quick runs and gave great acceptance speeches later in the day when receiving their trophies. Will the trophies go missing again or do the champs have a firm hold on them? Rumour has it that ladies from rival clubs have their eye on our trophies or is it Brendan Crawford??
2012 Club Championships
A record number of Belpark members turned out for the annual club race, which was held in Dunmore East again this year. After a torrential downpour just minutes before the race, thankfully the sun came out and shone for the duration of the race.
Stephen Early was the first Belpark man home in 4th place overall, to hold onto the Male Club Champion title for the second year running. Barbara O’Hanrahan was first lady home with a second place finish to claim the Female Club Champion 2012, followed by Ellen Murphy who was third female.
The famous trophy that tends to go walk about during the night
There were Age groups prizes for a number of Belpark members: Stephen Early (First M 25-29), Louis Kelleher (Third M 25-29), Fiona o’Riordan (Second F 25-29 in her first triathlon!), Ellen Murphy (First F3-34), Barbara O’Hanrahan (First F 40-44), Helen French (Second F 40-44).
Team Belpark Casualties (Brendan Crawford, Derval Devaney and Kevin Keane) were the first relay team home.
The club champions were presented with their cups at the traditional BBQ hosted by Ellen’s parents in Dunmore. Full results are available at http://www.stuweb.co.uk/event/1112. However, these results are provisional as there is a query over the swim times in Wave 2.
2011 Club Championships
There were some great results at this year’s Belpark Club Championships, which doubled for the rest of the triathlon world as the Waterford Triathlon in the lovely Dunmore East.
Stephen Early and Ellen Murphy claimed the titles of male and female club champions for 2011 with two fantastic performances. Stephen swam like a fish (and biked and ran pretty fast too) to finish second overall in the race. He was a well-deserved recipient of the club prize after recording some great victories this season so far. Ellen was the fourth woman home and just missed out on making the podium. However she did win her F30 age group.
Overall it was an excellent day for the club, despite having no more than 20 Belparkers present, we managed to win seven of the age group categories.
The roll call of honour is:
- Francis O’Toole 1st M50
- Kevin Keane 1st M30
- Craig Longmore 1st M25
- Helen French 1st F40
- Deirdre O’Toole 1st F35 and the 3rd quickest T1 of any woman in the race
- Ellen Murphy 1st F30
- Julie Ann Bowden 2nd F30 and the fastest bike split of any woman on the day
- Laura Keane 1st F20
Special mention goes to new member Laoise Griffin who put in the quickest swim of any of the female competitors.
Afterwards copious amounts of coffee, respectable amounts of beer and moderate amounts of BBQ’ed beast were consumed at Belpark’s southern headquarters, aka Ellen’s parent’s house. Plans were hatched for all manner of social and training events, it might be just as well nobody took minutes. A great flickr album of photos (copyrighted unfortunately) is available here, it contains some wonderful shots of everybody.