Athletes from across NI and Ireland came together to compete in the new and improved firmus energy Newry City Triathlon on Sunday 26th August, with over 150 participants taking on the course, regarded as one of the fastest in Ireland.
With new cycle and running routes added along with the tough 750m open water swim in Newry canal, triathletes had their work cut out for them.
The participants were cheered on at every stage by supporters, who enjoyed the family day out. Headline sponsor firmus energy joined up with Newry Business Improvement District (BID) and Newry Mourne and Down District Council to make this popular event a spectacle for the City of Newry.
In a hotly contested female race Anne Paul took the win with a time of 1:09:22 with Sheena Dullaghan taking the second spot at 01:11:06 and Maria Byrne in third at 01:13:33. Finbar McGrady took home his third win in a row at Newry with a very impressive 00:56:45 securing his hat trick, he was followed closely behind by Phillips Castles at 00:59:06 and then Michael McDonald at 00:59.49.
Rebecca Byrne from BID said: “We were delighted to have fully subscribed event this year and pleased to see competitors from all over the country come to take part in this great event and even more so the support that were there cheering them on.
“This is Newry BID 2nd year organizing this event and it is a great spectacle for our city, show-casing what we have to offer and our ability to host these types of events. We had a number of local businesses working with us again this year to make the event a success and my thanks goes to firmus energy, Newry Mourne and Down District Council, Newry Triathlon Club and Synge & Byrne for their continued support”.
Alongside some regular participants, a number of first timers to the course were competing, representing a number of triathlon clubs throughout NI and Ireland.
Angeline Murphy, firmus energy, who attended the event added: “We have been active in Newry since 2007 and we have seen major growth in business and the local economy during that time. We were very pleased to continue our partnership with this popular event and see the growth in the participants and the number of local businesses getting involved.”