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Bobby Behan 11th in ITU Seorak International Triathlon, South Korea
Race Report: ITU Seorak International Triathlon, South Korea
Filed by: Bobby Behan
This was my first International Race since March 2001 and my first triatlon
since September 2004. On the start line were some top names including 3 of
Japan’s leading athletes and Jan Rehula, Sydney 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
As expected although my swimming is improving, a full winter is required to
attain an International Level swim segment. I lost 2 min 20secs on the opening
1500m (2 lap) non wetsuit swim. The very long run to transition almost killed
Out onto the 40km (5 lap bike) and I soon managed to get into a pack / group.
Unfortunately, the guys had no idea how to ride as a group. It was a disaster.
None of them spoke English either, which made life even more frustrating! I was
feeling really bad and although I did most of the work in the pack it was well
below even an average day for me on the bike.
I also really struggled on the run. At this stage the humidity levels were high!
I finished the bike in 10th, moved up to 9th on the run but was passed twice to
In summary, my performace was way below an average day for me. Looking back I
think a week in bed with the flu and then jumping onto a long haul flight with
a 8 hour time zone difference and going from the middle of winter to the middle
of an Asian summer all took their toll on me.
This year for me is all about experience and these races are great for that. I
am as positive as ever and I am looking forward to my next race. I am in Seoul
right now and travel from here to China for my next race.
3 Triathletes in top 5 of Cycling National Road Champs
Trudy Brown (Olympian TC) came 2nd, Heather Wilson (Hi-Elbow TC) 4th and Anna Frankland (Piranha TC) 5th in the Irish Road Race Championships on Saturday 25th June at Dundrod. Former triathlete Siobhan Dervan (ex Cork TC) who now rides professionally with Lotto Ladies in Belgium won the race after breaking away clear on her own at the halfway point. The other girls got away in a breakaway but did not catch her. Trudy got clear of the 2nd group with a mile to go to claim silver. There was a sprint finish for next placings with Heather pipping Anna at the line.
Hi-Elbow Novice Series Results
Results from last weeks Hi-Elbow Novice/Youth Series Aquathlon have been added to the Results section Results
This series is growing in popularity with double the numbers turning up as in the previous duathlon. Feedback has been good but nearly all bitten by the bug and looking forward to the next race in the Series, the Tryathlon on July 6th, details below.
Novice distance: 400metre pool swim / 5k run
1. Edward Cooke
2. Bryce Irvine
3. Kelly-Anne Speight
10-12 year olds distance: 200 metre swim / 1k run
1. James Speight
2. Kerry O’Hagan
3. Ryan Bratten
13-15 year olds distance: 400 metre swim / 2k run
1. Ian Elliot
2. Rory O’Callaghan
3. Charlotte Lamont
4. Susie Elliot
Upcoming Races - Carna, Youghal, Carrick Tri.‘s, Dublin Duathlon, Hi-Elbow Try.
The Connemara and Youghal Triathlons both take place this weekend. The Connemara Tri takes place in Carna on Saturday at 12.30pm, while the Youghal Tri starts at 11.30am on Sunday.
On Weds 6th July we have 2 mid-week races.
The last race in the Hi-Elbow Novice series a Ty-athlon takes place in Antrim. Again, there will be 3 distances for the different categories:
novice distance: 250 metre pool swim / 15k cycle / 5k run
10-12 year olds distance: 200 metre swim / 5k bike / 1k run
13-15 year olds distance: 400 metre swim / 10k bike / 2k run
Venue: Antrim Forum Leisure Centre. Race Start time: 7 PM
Registration: open from 5.30 PM. Closes 6.30 PM SHARP
ALL competitors on each event night MUST sign on at registration
All these races are particularly aimed at beginners and first timers
More info on www.hielbow.co.uk
The Dublin City Duathlon Series - Race 3 takes place on the same evening in the Phoenix Park. A lot of athletes were turned away at the last race due to the numbers that turned up so make sure to pre-enter this time around to ensure you get a spot. More info and forms under Events and on www.dublintri.com
The Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon, the Irish Sprint Triathlon Championships and Premier League - Race 2 is on Sunday 10th July. This event kicks off at 10.15am and will have 2 waves. This race will have a record number of entrants this year, the main race will be Sprint distance and the organiser has also managed to get closed roads for the event so it promises to be one of the highlights in thsi years calendar.
John Cunniffe, TI General Secretary, has made some improvements to the website. Under ‘Events’ you should now be able to access links, entry forms, results, photos and reports to each individual race.