Waterways Ireland Barrow Aquathlon 2017 - Race Report

Barrow Aquathlon Team Finishes Together

a new format for aquathlon

The Waterways Ireland Barrow Aquathlon took place on Sunday, 18 September with 17 teams of two taking part. A free family event hosted by Athy Triathlon Club in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland, the race offered something a little bit different from the usual Aquathlon format. Each team consisted of one junior and one adult member, the junior tackled the 200 metre swim and 800 metre run first before tagging the adult in transition so they could set out on their 500 metre swim and 1600 metre run.

Barrow Aquathlon Morning Shot

Conditions on the morning were overcast but dry with little to no wind. The swim took place in the River Barrow with the 200 metre out and back run loop set up alongside the adult swim course. Triathlon Ireland Leinster Regional Development Officer Gary Crossan gave the race briefing ahead of the juniors walking 200m upstream to start their swim. Three sets of Triathlon Ireland race licenses were raffled ahead of the start of the race as prizes for the event.

Juniors take on the first leg

Barrow Aquathlon Adult Swim

The juniors did a superb job on their swim and run, particularly in braving the autumnal temperatures of the Barrow on a chilly early morning. Spectators were able to cheer from the bank as the 17 juniors swam their 200 metres downstream to the swim exit. The wetsuits were off and shoes were whipped on in no time as the juniors set out on their run.

Barrow Aquathlon Junior Swim

Barrow Aquathlon Adult Swim

Quick transitions

Quick changeovers between teams were the norm as the adults waited in transition for their teammate to return from the run. Once tagged in, the adult then ran down the ramp and into the Barrow to begin their swim. On returning to transition the adults were cheered (and hurried!) from the side-lines by their teammates. These were certainly some of the quickest swim to run transitions that these athletes had ever completed.

Barrow Aquathlon Team Changeover

Barrow Aquathlon Adult Swim

Out on the four loop run course the adults put in some very quick times, with the first four finishers completing within 20 seconds of each other. Each competitor was cheered in to the finish in what was a lovely atmosphere for this event.

Barrow Aquathlon Adult Run

Barrow Aquathlon Finish Line

Well done to everyone who took part, Athy Triathlon Club for hosting and to Waterways Ireland for supporting the event. Great fun was had by all in what was hopefully the first of many family Aquathlons.

Barrow Aquathlon Group Pic