“Outdoor training and events have really taken off the past few years, our course offers participants a flat fast 5k run, a super-fast bike course and scenic last run on the beautiful Bowers riverside walk.”
Event organiser Padraig Marrey, Raceface events
The 3rd round of the Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series is sponsored by McHale Engineering. We are very lucky to have this internationally recognised company come onboard once again. As one of the biggest employers in South Mayo, McHale have been setting high standards globally so we are expecting a great show on February 9th with over 400 athletes expected to participate.
This year Ballinrobe Duathlon celebrates its tenth birthday with a bumper field expected at the start line in 3 weeks’ time. The popularity of the run/cycle/run event has grown each year with this year’s event once more expected to be a sell-out.
The idea for the event was borne by some fitness enthusiasts from Western Lakes CC who looked at ways at brightening up the winter months by hosting a short bike run event. The aim was to make a race that was suitable for all abilities, from novices to elite. By timing each section, everyone got to see what time they took to do a section and where they could improve in the following years. To date over 3100 participants have taken to the now iconic start line on top of Bridge St, and this year participants will get to enjoy the newly refurbished Bowers Riverside Walk as they start their last run around the 3.5km walk.
“ It’s great to sponsor such a landmark event like the Ballinrobe Duathlon, any event that helps promote fitness and showcase what the town has to offer as a destination is great for the whole community. The company even have their own corporate team in the 6 event series”.
Paul McHale, McHale Marketing Manager
From Left to Right- Padraig Marrey, Paul McHale (McHale Marketing Manager), Sean O Malley
Due to the range of competitors taking part this event has something for everyone, for some its getting bragging rights over local club mates, others it’s just complete the course and for a select few it’s all about winning! This year, all finishers will be given a special 10 year anniversary mug to help them toast their success or drown their sorrows!
Running these events wouldn’t be possible without support from the following: Mayo County Council, Ballinrobe Tidy towns, Western Lakes CC, Hollymount Wheelers, Ballinrobe Scouts, The Lakeside sports and fitness club, Ballinrobe CDC, Town Management and traders, the RSA, Core timing, Order of Malta and www.raceface.ie