One of my favourite races to date, the Pulse National Sprint Championships is hosted in September at Port Beach, near Clogherhead, County Louth, about an hours drive from Dublin. It’s a predominantly flat course and attracts a stacked field both the national championships and as one of the last opportunities to score National Series points so one for the calendar!
The 750 swim is in the Irish Sea and includes a dry beach start so practice your shallow wading to get some early free metres when you hit the water!
Transition is straightforward and you can gauge your position viz a viz your club mates as Pulse allocate your bib number and transition rack position by triathlon club so be sure to list Belpark on your entry form for the race!
The bike course is a single loop with some rolling sections. There are limited opportunities to pick up places and speed via your bike handling so it pays to know where these locations are. It might be worth driving some of the bike course if you have reason to be out that direction or indeed the morning of the race – pay attention on your way in!
Returning to Transition there was a long run from the demount line to the racks this year so remember to undo your shoes and run in your socks/barefoot!
The run is an out and back on a local road, with a slight hill up to the turnaround with a great atmosphere at the finish!
Race Summary: Ronan Kane