Coveys leave best to last
Last Saturday for many sport enthusiasts (cyclists, adventure racers, tri athletes and leisure racers alike) was the final push of the 2012 season before a well deserved winter break. Competitors had to battle extremely challenging weather conditions to make it through both the Spirit and Supreme Sea2Summit courses. For many the low temperatures and gusty winds coupled with freezing rain and hailstones proved to be the hardest part of the day.
Not so for the Covey Wheelers who participated and arguably gave the club its best success in an adventure race to date.
Gerard Corcoran who had very strong finishes in both S2S Supreme 2011 and Gaelforce West 2011 finally clinched a well deserved win in the men’s Supreme event this year. Despite creating a lead of 3 min by the top of Maum, Ger still managed to average 39.3KM an hour on the bike between Liscarney junction and the final transition at the point (10.4km), taking him 15min 50sec to complete, which no other competitor could contend with. I think everybody will agree – great result Ger.
This makes it three successive wins in the Mens Supreme S2S event by a Covey Wheeler.
Ann Marie Egan has shown consistent form this year by having many strong results in 2012 – notably winning the Spiddal sprint triathlon, second in the Castlebar Duathalon/Dingle Adventure Race, and third in the Louisburg tri/Wild West Run. Ann Marie held on to the strong lead that she had created by on top of Maum all the way to the finish line to win the Ladies Supreme event.
Collette McSweeney whom already had the National Adventure Race Sprint Series securely won (wins in Connemara Challenge, Gaelforce North, Rough Diamond, Achill Roar Sport and 2nd in Race2Glory)coming into Saturdays race, proved that she was a worthy winner of the series title by winning the Ladies Spirit event in style despite battling recent falls on the reek and suffering the effects of a bad flu.
It was almost a clean sheet for the Covies when Brendan Conway placed 2nd in the Mens Spirit Event finishing 8 seconds after the winner crossed the line. This was a sterling effort from Brendan considering he had just run his person PB in the Dublin marathon 4 days previously and was most certainly still recovering.
There were still three more exceptional performances from Saturdays race…
Robert Staunton finished 3rd overall in the Men’s Supreme event and winner in the Men’s Junior Age category. This is Roberts only second adventure race. Watch this space in 2013.
Aileen McNamara finished 2nd overall in the Womens Spirit event despite the fact that her training is predominantly focused for the All Irelands Cross Country Running Team. Great result Aileen well done.
Noel Brady finished 5th overall in the Men’s Supreme and 2nd in Vets Category showing no let up his ability to compete at the top end.
Finally a very big congrats to all the other Covey Wheeler participants who took part in S2S 2012. It was great to see the Jersey worn be everybody and leading the way in all race categories.
Race Report by Anthony Chappat
A great selection of photos of Westport Sea2Summit photos on facebook thanks to Oliver Whyte.
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Some photos available on facebook:
|1. Gerard Corcoran 3.07.24||1. Ann Marie Egan 3.49.46||1. Jerry O Sullivan 1.43.36|
|2.Eddie Sweeney 3.14.10||2. Suzanne Kenny 3.51.30||2. Brendan Conway 1.43.44|
|3. Robert Staunton 3.15.22||3. Eimear O Leary 3.51.34||3. Jimmy Lawlor 1.46.33|
Over 40s Men
Over 40s Women
|1. Colette Sweeney 2.00.25||Chris Caulfield 3.15.55||Nessa Sweeney 4.07.02|
|2. Aileen Mc Namara 2.10.00|
|3. Edel Hackett 2.15.24|
Below is a selection of photos courtesy of Tony Fitzgerald and Oliver Whyte.