10th year of Crooked Lake Triathlon

June 10, 2013

The 10th Anniversary of the Crooked Lake Triathlon attracted thousands of visitors from all over Ireland to Camlough last Saturday to witness or take part in the hugely popular sporting event.

With unbroken sunshine shining throughout the race, spectators basked in the rays to support dedicated triathletes from far and wide as they completed the 750m swim, 18km cycle and 5km run.

The fabulous weather which has blessed the Crooked Lake every year without fail added to the buzz and excitement of the event and lit up the entire area to showcase the stunning beauty of south Armagh and all it has to offer.

600 competitors of varying levels descended on the lake this year – a far cry from the 92 debutants who crossed the line 10 years ago in the very first triathlon. Having gone from strength to strength over the last decade, the event is now one of the premier endurance tasks in Ireland and attracts national and international athletes every year.

Irish International Russell White powered through the soaring temperatures to complete the 3 leg course in an impressive 57 minutes, scooping first place.  White was followed home by Aidan Callaghan who came in at 1hr 46 seconds and Phil Woods at 1hr 58 seconds.  Local competitor, Barry Convery came in fourth with a very respectable 1hr and 1 minute while Rachel Glendon led the way to take the ladies title in a time of 1hr 5minutes.

Once again the organisers behind the Crooked Lake Triathlon have done south Armagh proud, creating a flawless sports event which places the area firmly on the sports and tourism map for many years to come.