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2014 Duathlon Series

 The extremely popular Sportsmans Duathlon Series organised by Setanta Triathlon Club will take place again this year. These will take place on Sunday mornings starting on 9th February, then Sunday 2nd March, and finally Sunday 6th April. All races will start at 10am with registration open from 8.30am. The race begins and finishes at the Sportsmans Bar & Restaurant on the old Newry road.
aileen-morrison-duathlon-runAileen Morrison takes control on the first run.

Over the past few years Irish and World champions have raced this course; Bryan McCrystal, Paul Carroll, Aileen Reid, Bryan Keane plus Alistair and Jonny Brownlee to name a few.  The February Duathlon is the season opener for most triathletes in the northeast, so there’s only a few weeks left to get training for

  1. Sunday 9th February 2014
  2. Sunday 2nd March 2014
  3. Sunday 6th April 2014

Discounted entry rate, if you enter all three, a single Race Entry payment will be available on the Day.

The proceeds from the events will be divided among local charities.

All races will start at 10am with registration open from 8.30am. It will be the same course as previous years,with cash prizes for first 3 overall male and female, plus age group winners. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Sportsmans bar.

Online registration for Sunday 9th February’s Duathlon  priced at 20euro is available, and filling up so get your entry in now, at http://www.irishtriathlon.com/entry/


Georgina’s Xmas Pudding Run

Georgina’s Xmas Pudding Run/Walk/Hikle powered by Setanta Triathlon Club
Saturday 14th Dec, 2013

 The 6th annual Xmas Pudding run took place once again in the village of Carlingford, when 65 plus ‘Pudding’ runners, walkers and a few hiklers, brave souls all, donned their festive Santa outfits and took to the hills overlooking the Lough. Considering the harsh wet forecast of wind and rain and the under foot conditions the runners had to contend with, it was great to see a fantastic field of runners take to the starters orders, outside Dan’s Cafe, for a 9k run up through Maeve’s Gap, on to Goylin Pass, Slate Rock, down to the Quarry, The Badgers, Convent Lane to King John’s Castle and back to the finish in the village.

The small group of early starters lead by Joe Corcoran and the Bush brigade, set off at 9.30am with the main field starting at the usual time of 10 Xmas Bells. Heading firstly out the Rooskey Road, more like a roller coaster, to the start of the forest road. Emerging from the forest for the ascent up through the gully to Maeve’s Gap, which was as tough as ever, but everyone just loving it !! First through the Gap, taking the ‘King of the Hill’ Pud, was Niall Halpin, followed closely by a small group of runners including Maurice Harte, Shane Toner and Mary Laverty who took the ‘Queen of the Hill’ Pud, her race harnessed by a Xmas party the previous night. Meanwhile the rest of the field were ‘ambling’ along, taking  it all in, slip sliding away down to ‘Slate Rock’ with views of the Lough, the Mourne’s and beyond. The slippery conditions made for a tricky  descent down the side of Slieve Foy forest. Down the ‘Convent Lane’ most went, towards the village, finally hitting the tarmac at King John’s Castle for the run down to the finish line outside Dan’s Cafe.  

It was hot beverages and mince pies, provided by the proprietor, Dan the Man. Georgina’s Christmas puddings, kindly sponsored by the Lady herself and Mince pies from Kim Lynch, were awarded to those lucky enough to receive them. Niall Halpin took line honours in a time of (44.17) followed by Shane Toner and Maurice Harte taking third place. Mary Laverty was first lady home. One finisher Brian ‘Rudolph’ Bell decided to harness himself to a tractor type and pull it behind him all the way around, (in training for an Artic adventure race) respect !! The final finishers the Clarke family, Grace, Linda and Luke ambled into town and just loved the wee saunter over the Cooley’s, and were presented with their final wee pudding for breakfast, respect.

Thanks to Dan and all his staff for the welcome mince pies and coffee, Georgina for the lovely Pudds, and to all the participants for their support.
All proceeds from the race of €500 donated to Georgina on behalf of the local branch of St. Vincent De Paul.
Thanks…..BIG thanks

Have a wonderful Christmas and Season’s Greetings to all.


Online Reg. Carlingford Triathlon

Online Registration for Carlingford Olympic ‘Land of Legends’ Triathlon right HERE

Sportsman’s Duathlon – 10/03/13 – Race 2

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Sportsman’s Duathlon – 10/03/13 – Race 2


When Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March’, he should have passed it on the duathletes on the start line in today’s race. In all 129 hardy souls took to the start line of Setanta Triathlon Clubs second duathlon. The winter squalls & snow flurries sweep down from Black Mountain into transition during the race briefing at the traditional Sportsman’s venue. Race one winner Paul Carroll once again lead from the gun and held off the competition to claim his second victory in a time of 50:30. Moving up one position into second spot on the day was Desi Foley, clocking in a time of 52:42. Taking the final spot on the podium was Dessie Duffy in 53:41.

In the female race it was to be Setanta’s Suzy Mackin registering her second victory in the series, showing her quicker pace of one second, in a time of 59:48.

Her male counterparts dropping one minute on previous times !! In second position in a time of 1:01:08 was Helen White. Adele Neill taking the third spot in 1:02:32.

Other age-group winners on the day were as follows:- (14-19) Conor Smith; Aoibheann Byrne; (20-29) Richard Murphy; Niamh O’Brien; (30-39) Cathal Grant; Andrea McGuinness; (40-49) Gerry McCabe; A.N. Other ; (50-59) David Clarke; Roseleen Cawley-Claire; (60-69) Ted Quinn

Thanks once again to the Sportsman’s Bar, Red Cross, Garda and all the marshals who braved the bitter cold instead of pinning on the race numbers !!

AGM 2013

AGM held tonight at the Sportman’s, looking forward to the year ahead.

2012 in review

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Georgina’s Christmas Pudding Run 2012

Posted 1 Sept 2012

Annual Xmas Pudding Run
Join us for a seasonal 9k run, jog or walk.
Start:– Carlingford – Maeve’s Gap – Golyin Pass
– Slate Rock – Quarry – Convent Lane
Finish: Dan’s Stone Wall Café
€5 Registration fee – Charitable Donation
All proceeds in aid of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The first shall be last, and the last shall be first !!

Date: Saturday, 15th December, 2012
Reg: Dan’s Stonewall Cafe from 9am
Finish: Dan’s Stone Wall Café
Start: Village centre 10am
Prizes: Georgina’s Christmas Puddings
Contact: Johnny 087-8105919