Tri newbies can test the water in Schull

May 22nd, 2019 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

The popular triathlon in Schull takes place on June 8th so there's still time to get in shape if you follow Paudie's plan.

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SOME of the best triathletes in the country belong to some of the strongest clubs in the country. You can train with the club in all three formats and on race day you can still do your own thing. The choice is yours. This is all the more reason to make contact with a member of West Cork Tri club, Schull Tri Club or your own local club.

Triathlon season usually runs from May until September when water temperatures rise and the weather is finer.

And there’s no better an event than Brosnan’s Centra Fastnet Triathlon. 

It is a firmly established annual event in Schull that attracts a lot of visitors to the area, making for a fun and lively atmosphere around the village. 

This year as well as having the Sprint distance race there will be a Try-A-Tri for people who would like to experience a triathlon and see what it’s like. 

This is ideal for newcomers as there is enough of a challenge to make it interesting but it’s a relaxed enough atmosphere to make it enjoyable. 

The race takes place on June 8th so there’s plenty of time to get in peak shape no matter what level you are at.

The Sprint Triathlon begins with a 750m swim within the sheltered confines of Schull Harbour. The undulating 20 km cycle takes in some terrific West Cork coastal scenery. The 5km run off the bike is fairly flat and has magnificent views out over the harbour to several of the islands.  The cost for individuals is €42.50. You can choose to do the whole sprint distance yourself or it can be done in teams of two or three which costs €85. 

The Brosnan’s Centra Fastnet Triathlon is also part of the new Tri Munster League where a number of triathlons across Munster qualify for points in a separate competition. Take a look through the Schull Tri Club Facebook page for more details. 

For people having a go at the Try-A-Tri there will be a separate start to the 200m swim making it easier on any first-timers. Then there will be a 9km cycle with a mix of hills and flat and a flat 3km run to finish with. 

There is no relay option for the Try-A-Tri, cost is €30 per person. Wetsuits are compulsory but any sort of bike will do as long as it is road worthy.

For spectators, the transition area is all contained in the grounds of Schull Community College, making it ideal and safe for families and children to see the action. 

Search for Schull Triathlon Club on Facebook and sign up online on 


Week Two’s Plan

Monday - Bike 30km

Tuesday - Swim 750m nonstop

Wednesday - Run 4-5km

Thursday - Swim 750m nonstop

Friday - Rest

Saturday - Brick session - Bike 20km & Run 3km

Sunday - Rest

Total    -  Swim 1.5km - Bike 50km -  Run 7/8km


Paudie O’Donovan is a neuromuscular physical therapist specialising in pain relief and improvement of mobility/flexibility.

He is a masseur to the Cork seniorfootball team and runs a sports injury clinic in Skibbereen.

Fully registered with  Laya and Aviva

Contact: 086-2339618   or follow him on Facebook

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