The Castle Triathlon Series kicks off in some style at Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon(Sunday 25th May), Galway, with both Irish and UK teams featuring some top quality triathletes. Competition is going to be hot between the two countries.
There are races for all levels and still time to enter if you wish to witness the international challenge or set yourself a new tri ambition. Up to 1,000 are expected at the scenic Gort location
The Irish team is captained by Amy Wolfe, who competed for Ireland at this event last year and was just pipped at the post. Amy comes from a seriously competitive family with two brothers and two sisters who all race (her sister Joyce was Irish Ironman record holder). Previously based in Belgium, she now races from her home county of Cork. Mark Nolan, is new to both the venue and to the Castle Triathlon Series. He’s no stranger to podium finishes in Ireland and internationally having won a gold medal (30-34 age group) in Israel at the European Triathlon Championships 2012 and a silver at the World Triathlon Championships the previous year. The final team member, Limerick native Aaron O’Brien, comes from a competitive swimming background and is currently studying in the University of Limerick. His 2013 season highlights include finishing top of the Irish at the Junior World Championships in Hyde Park, and taking the National Aquathlon title.
Amy Wolfe is relishing the upcoming challenge: “I’m very excited to be back racing this year in the mystical grounds of Lough Cutra Castle. I will be training hard over the coming weeks to be ready and with Mark and Aaron coming into great early season form, it will be a close and fiercely fought battle against the UK.’
The UK has put together a very strong team captained by last year’s winner, David Bishop from Loughborough. David, at just 20 years old, is already a bit of a Castle Triathlon specialist having won at Lough Cutra Castle, Hever Castle and Castle Howard. His team mate Chris Hines is also studying at Loughborough University, where he is part of the performance triathlon squad. Chris is new to the Castle Triathlon Series. The final team member is Catherine Jameson from Pedal Power, Loughborough who is another Castle Triathlon Series veteran and has won at Hever Castle, Chantilly in France and Castle Howard.
Lough Cutra Castle is part of the Castle Triathlon Series, which has events in three other castles in England and a Chateau in France. With a prize fund of 1,000 Euros for the winning international team at each event, on top of podium prize money, perhaps there is no surprise that the calibre of the talent is so high.