24th Annual Carrick on Suir Triathlon The banks of the River Suir was once again the setting for the Carrick on Suir SprintTriathlon 2017, the race is now in its 24th year and draws a large number oftriathletes from around the country and is also one of the preferred races for firsttime participants to the world of Triathlon.With an afternoon start, mixed weather conditions and 250 triathletes lined upthere was no clear favourite for the men’s race, although with James Mintern ingreat form going into the race he was being tipped as a potential winner. The swimwas hotly contested with James out of the water in a pack with Carrick on Suir’sWarren Roche and Cian O’Keeffe, Waterford’s Paul Ogle and Colm Turner. The bikecourse mixed up the standings a little with James returning in first place but withPaul and Colm close behind. The flat fast 5km riverbank route alone the Suir threwup one more surprise with Colm putting in a blistering 16min run split the eventualrace standing were;James Mintern – Cork TCColm Turner – B2RPaul Ogle – Waterford TCJust as in the men’s race the women’s race was a hotly contested affair, DeniseCompton (last year’s winner) was the favourite to retain her title from the whistle.There was not much in the swim between the first bunch out of the water but iswas a strong bike leg that gave Denise the slight advantage going into the run butwas being chased down hard Karen Phelan, Kelly Shannon and Hilkka Kontro.Denise held on to take back to back Carrick on Suir Triathlon win’s, with Hilkkaputting in a strong run to finish 2 nd from Kelly Shannon.Denise ComptonHilkka KontroKelly ShannonJUNIOR EVENTThe Junior male event was won by Luke Lyons of Limerick Triathlon club who was11 th in the overall standing and the Junior women’s winner was Jessica Flynn ofWaterford Triathlon Club.The club would like to thank the many local business who supported the “Carrickon Suir Triathlon Club’s Sprint Distance triathlon 2017. Without the help of theselocal businesses we would not be able to host such a successful event, in particularChiaBia, O’K Cycles & Sports and Vinny Power Sport injury therapist for theircontinued support and help on the day.For further information about Carrick on Suir triathlon clubs training and eventssearch Carrick on Suir Triathlon Club on Facebook.