2014 Baltimore Beacon Sprint Competitor Race Briefing

2014 Baltimore Beacon Sprint Competitor Race Briefing

A Triathlon Ireland Sanctioned event

750m Swim • 24km Bike • 4k Run

Saturday July 5th 2014 @ 11.00am

Baltimore New Pier, Co Cork

Please read the following information to ensure all competitors have a safe event

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact the race organizer Denis O’Mahony on (087) 061-8058 or email baltimorebeacontri@gmail.com

Important Insurance Information

In order to register for this race you will need ONE of the following:

  1. Full Triathlon Ireland 2014 membership with photo ID
  2. A One-Day-License (ODL) which can only be purchased from the triathlon Ireland website (www.triathlonireland.com) before the event.  Please note an ODL cannot be purchased at the event!


Note: only one member of a relay team needs either a full triathlon Ireland 2013 membership card or an ODL.


Remember: Without a Full TI membership card or ODL you will not be allowed to race!



Time Event Timetable Venue/Location
7.30pm-9.00pm Friday


Race sign on and registration Friday Evening July 4th.


Please remember to bring your TI Membership card with photo or a ODL

Baltimore Community Hall
8.30am-10am SHARP


Race sign on and registration Saturday Morning July 5th.


Please remember to bring your TI Membership card with photo or an ODL

Baltimore Community Hall
9 am-10.30am Transition Area Opens. Bikes racked on a first come first serve basis New Pier (Next to Sailing Centre)
10.30am Competitors’ race briefing Transition area
10.40am Competitors may enter the water to acclimatize  
11am Event water start New Pier Slipway
3pm Prize Giving in Casey’s Bar  


  • Toilets will be available in Baltimore Community Hall.  In addition, toilets and shower facilities will be available at Baltimore Community Swim/Leisure Centre.
  • Please ensure bikes are in good working order, as they will be checked before they are allowed into transition. However it is the competitors’ own responsibility to have safe bike for event.  Road bike, Time trial, Mountain bike or hybrid bike will be okay.
  • Cycling Helmets must be in good condition and have CE mark.  Please do not arrive at transition without your helmet or you will not be allowed to rack your bike until helmet is checked.
  • You will receive two race numbers please have one on the back for cycling and one on the front for run section For race belts one number will do.
  • Only Competitors will be allowed into transition this is for competitor safety and security of equipment that will be left there.  No boxes or bags will be allowed next to bikes.  If you leave box/bag next to bike before you start race referee may move it before you return so be aware.  Only Bike shoes, runners, helmet, sunglasses and food/drink should be in transition next to bike (A towel can be used for under equipment and can also act to shield against RAIN!!!)
  • Abuse of marshals will not be tolerated; they are giving up their time so please respect them.
  • No littering on the route anything you take with you should be brought back.

Swim Section 750M

swim 2014

  • Please do not enter the water unless you are capable of completing the swim as it endangers your life and puts pressure on safety resources and the future of our race.
  • It is compulsory to wear a wetsuit. Swim caps will be provided and MUST BE WORN for easy visibility.  The wearing of booties or gloves is not permitted.
  • Experienced open water swimmers start at the front, less experienced at the back.
  • The swim will start in the water entering from the new slipway next to transition, swimming in a triangular clockwise course around two large yellow markers.  You will finish at back at the slipway, ensuring that you pass over the time keeping mat at the top of the slipway.
  • The Baltimore Inshore Rescue boat will marshal the swim course and kayaks will be in the water to guide and assist swimmers where required.
  • If a swimmer wishes to retire from the swim, lie on your back, raise your clenched fist in the air, stay calm and a rescue boat will come to your assistance.
  • There is a 30-minute time limit for the swim but if a marshal feels you are endangering yourself or others you can be withdrawn from the water. You will be allowed to continue the race but will receive no official time.

Bike Section 24km


  • Your race number must be worn on the back.  Failure to have your number visible will result in a 1-minute time penalty.
  • Your helmet must be fastened before removing your bike from the rack.
  • You will exit the transition area and run/walk with your bike to the mount/dismount line where you will mount your bike.
  • There will be no drafting or side by side riding on the bike course.
  • When you return you will dismount at the mount/dismount line and walk/run back to the transition area.
  • You must replace your bike in your own spot on the rack BEFORE removing your helmet.


Bike Route – An out and back course from Baltimore to Skibbereen and back. After about 200 meters riders will turn right up a short climb turning left to join the main road out of Baltimore to Skibbereen.  Please take care at this junction.  This part of the course will be marshaled and you will be advised to SLOW DOWN considerably when returning before making a sharp right turn across traffic back to the transition area.  There will also be strictly NO OVERTAKING on this part of the course.  The roads will not be closed and the rules of the road apply.  Gardaí and Stewards will marshal the route and must be obeyed at all times.  The turn around point for the bike route will be just before you come into Skibbereen, next to the Skibbereen Retirement Village.  Again SLOW DOWN and yield to traffic as you turn around.


IMPORTANT – The bike route is along country roads including sharp bends and hills so caution must be taken at all times. Again, the roads will not be closed and the rules of the road apply.





  • Your race number must be worn on the front.  Failure to have your number visible will result in a 1-minute time penalty.


The run is a 4km out and back course to the Beacon. The course heads uphill through the Village and back down towards the cove, turning left on to the Beacon road.  Competitors continue along this road with the turn-around located at the end of the cul-del-sac after approx. 1.8 km.    Competitors head back the same route as far as the village turning right on to “New Road” heading up hill and back around heading downhill and turning left on to Village Moorings road before turning right towards transition/Finish line.  There will water stops at 1.5 km and 2.1 Km. At the finish please remove your timing chip.



Bantry Duathlon Results – Sun 06th April 2014


The popular Bantry Duathlon had a good level of entrants on a day that did not look promising at dawn. The rain eased and with a moderate but warm winds the event started at 9.30 am with 63 athletes. The event went off very smoothly and as the weather warmed up the challenging cycle spread the field out. In general the times were very fast.

The overall winners were as follows:

Male:  1st – Mark McGarry, 2nd – Edwin Sutton, 3rd – Kevin Curran

Female: 1st – Katie Cooke, 2nd – Cliodhna Spain, 3rd – Maire Claffey

Relay: 1st – Debbie and Brian McCarthy

Special thanks to the Sponsors (Club Maritime, The Maritime Hotel, The Edge, and the Physical Therapy Room of Bantry), as well as the 30 marshals who supported the event.

Ps – Can Maire Claffey please contact Michael on 085-2853322 please

Race Results for Bantry 2014

Bantry Duathlon – Sun 06th April

Bantry Duathlon proofing (2)

Our second Duathlon for 2014 is taking place in Bantry this Sunday at 09:30. Enter online at https://www.triathlonireland-newserver.com/local-races.html, or on the morning of the race down at registration.

The route consists of a 3k run along the waterfront, a 22k cycle towards Durrus and surrounding area, and a repeat of the first 3k run.

For full race details please consult the race briefing HERE Race briefing for the Bantry Duathlon 2014, or contact race organiser Michael Butler at 085 2853322

*** One Day Licences no longer available through TI website, but are available to buy at Registration on the morning of the race ***

Results – Clonakilty Duathlon 2014


Race results are now finalised and online for yesterday’s Duathlon in Clonakilty.

Over 100 athletes tackled the scenic roads of West Cork yesterday morning in the first of WCTC’s two early-season duathlons. Conditions were cold, with a little spray of rain earlier in the morning to add a bit of grease to the roads. After 2 laps of the new running path at Clonakilty Showgrounds, the athletes headed out on an extended cycle leg due to flood damage on the planned route. The altered route took in a few extra hills in Ardfield, before dropping back to sea level at Twohig’s Hill and back into Clonakilty. John O’Connell of Cork Tri put the boot in on the bike leg, moving up a number of places. By T2, John had moved over a minute clear of the chasers, and continued to stretch his lead until the end of the second run, finishing 1m 25s ahead of 2nd place.

Male Placings -
1st John O’Connell
2nd Jude McEntee
3rd Mark McGarry

Female Placings-
1st Cliodhna Spain
2nd Ciara Mangan
3rd Tamara Hickey

Relay Team Placings -
1st Team McCarthy

Full results here… Clonakilty Duathlon 2014 Updated Results

Clonakilty Duathlon – Cycle Route Change


Due to circumstances beyond our control, a section of the planned cycle route for next Sunday’s duathlon is impassable.

The race route has been altered as little as possible. It now turns south through Rathbarry towards Ardfield direction, see map below. The new route is just over 26km long. We regret any inconvenience caused.


New Club Gear!


Sizing night for new club gear has been finalised as Wednesday 26th March, at the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty. Fittings to take place from 18:30 to 19:30.

This applies to you if:

  1. You paid for club gear last year that was found to be faulty or had fit issues
  2. You want to place an order for new club gear and are a fully paid up 2014 club member

 The rep from Titan sports is coming down on the night with the new sample kit for sizing purposes.

Again, if you fall into category 2 above, you need to be a paid-up 2014 club member. Costing to follow shortly.

Siobhán Dineen Wins Killarney Adventure Race!!


Siobhán on her way to victory

Congratulations to Siobhán Dineen from WCTC on her recent win at the St. Patrick’s Weekend Killarney Adventure Race!

The adventure race is a one day multi-sport race, taking place in the Killarney National Park, part of the Kerry Way and the Black Valley.

Siobhán covered 52km of adventure trail, split over 5 different sections:

Stage 1 – Cycle 20km

Stage 2 – Trail Run 9.5km

Stage 3 – Kayak 0.5km

Stage 4 – Trail Run 2.5km

Stage 5 – Cycle 20km

A field of 265 athletes started the race, with 259 finishing. Her finishing time of 3:12:52 earned her 1st Female, and a massive 26th overall. She was followed closely by another West Cork woman, Claire O’Donovan, finishing just 48secs back in a time of 3:13:40. This time was good enough for 2nd Female, and 29th overall.

ImageClaire O’Donovan en route to 2nd place

Full results here:


(All photos courtesy of Killarney Adventure Race)

WCTC Duathlon Series 2014


Details for the upcoming WCTC Duathlon Series as follows:

Clonakilty Race – Sun 23rd March 2014

Bantry Race – Sun 06th April 2014

Approximate distances for both races: 2-3k Run / 16-20k Cycle / 2-3k Run

Entry is via Triathlon Ireland webpage https://www.triathlonireland-newserver.com/local-races.html

- Dan

Club activities & training update

  • Clonakilty cycles have started on Sundays. Leaving from the Park Leisure Centre at the Quality Hotel @ 09:00
  • Skibbereen cycles have started on Sundays. Leaving from CH Marine @ 07:30
  • Novice / Beginner cycles have started on Saturdays. Leaving from the Park Leisure Centre at the Quality Hotel @ 14:00. This spin is for anyone who is worried about cycling in large groups or on one of the faster / longer training spins.
  • WCTC Bootcamp organised for 1st Mar.The plan is a bit rough around the edges yet:
  1. Meet at Clonakilty Leisure Centre @ 09:00
  2. Cycle to Inchydoney where we will meet with James Deasy (we’re gonna meet his friend PAIN, but have a serious amount of fun at the same time!) 10:00 – 12:00. Bring runners, a towel, drinks, warm jacket for spin home
  3. Cycle back to the Leisure Centre for a wash & change – Go for a coffee / sandwich in the coffee dock / hotel
  4. Anders is hoping to do a session on transition technique after lunch time, followed by a practical session outdoors

All participants MUST be 2014 WCTC & TI members

  • First open water club swim for 2014 to be scheduled on Sunday 27th Apr @ 16:00 at Lough Hyne.. Bring tea / coffee and a picnic for afterwards if you like.

Check Facebook for updates regarding time-changes etc. All sessions subject to weather conditions.