THE Irish team to compete in the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon in Gort on Sunday, May 26 has been announced.
The Irish team will take on Great Britain, where triathlon fever has reigned since the Brownlee brothers did so well in the London Olympics last year.
Team Ireland consists of Rory Maguire, Matt Molloy and Amy Wolfe, vastly experienced international triathletes who confidently expect to give the British team a run for their money.
Last year’s winner, Mark Threlfall, will head team GB up but they have yet to announce the full line up.
“The competition looks like it’s going to be tough”, says Matt Molloy, “but I’m pretty bullish about Team Ireland’s ability to do the business on what looks to be a cracking course”.
Matt’s impressive record includes being the current European Olympic and Long Distance M40-44 age group champion and silver medallist at the World Long Distance Championships. Last month he was winner in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon in his age category.
He scored the fastest time achieved by an Irishman at the Ironman World Championships in Kona (2011) and holds the amateur course record over the Olympic distance at Windsor. Originally from Clones, Monaghan, Rory Maguire is also up for the challenge, and comes into this year in great form. 2012 was a great year for him; he won the half Iron Israman, was the top Irish finisher in Ironman Wales and is the reigning Irish triathlon middle distance national champion. Rory races internationally from his base in London and is also a coach with the Serpentine club there.
Flying the flag for the ladies is third team member, Amy Wolfe from Douglas in Cork. Now based in Belgium, Amy comes from a competitive family with two brothers and two sisters who all race (her sister Joyce is the Ironman (woman) record holder). Even her parents have now entered the fray, having completed a half marathon recently.
Amy has a very strong swim pedigree and is proving to be a formidable triathlete too. She is no stranger to podium places in French Grand Prix and is currently ranked 43rd in the European Triathlon Union.
Lough Cutra Castle is part of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series, which has events in three other castles in England and a chateau in France.
The official charity partners for Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon are the Sunni Mae Trust and the local Coole Football Team. Competitors are encouraged to fundraise for these very worthy causes.