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First ever triathlon at Slane Castle

Ireland’s premier rock venue sells out to Triathletes

Simon Bewley, from Alive Outside, with winner Colin Bolger

Slane Castle, the iconic rock venue, and Lord Henry Mount Charles were host on Saturday to the first Triathlon to be held at this venue.  A record 400 Triathletes lined up to swim, cycle and run across the picturesque surrounds of the Castle and grounds.  Triathlons are Ireland’s fastest growing sport.  This fun packed day was organised by veteran sports managers, Alive Outside.

Simon Bewley, Director of Alive Outside and the original promoter of Tag rugby into Ireland ten years ago, welcomes the fastest growing sport in Ireland.  “We designed this day to be suitable for beginners as well as experienced athletes,” he said.  “The people competing on Saturday have been so impressed with the grounds and races, as well as the two tier swimming.  We wanted to make sure people only taking up the sport could also compete and enjoy the day.  The turnout surpassed our expectations.”

The overall winner was Colin Bolger in an impressive time of one hour and nine minutes.

The Triathlon began with a 750 swim in the River Boyle, in a slow flowing section.  Swimmers were guided by on water safety kayaks and were broken into two waves depending on ability.  

Next up was a 22km bike ride and finally a 5km cross country run which included a 2.8 trail through the forestry.

Afterwards the contestants were able to enjoy a bbq with a difference, Alive Outside laid on a Hog Roast Meal with live music by Fish out if Water (two members of which are also ran in the triathlon!).

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