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Triathlon tingle edges closer

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

The countdown is on to the 2023 KTC Triathlon.

Based in the heart of our city the race, which has stunning Kilkenny Castle as a backdrop, will see triathletes from all over Ireland swimming, cycling and running their best on Sunday, July 16.

This year’s race is sponsored by Manicle Property Insurance Claims (MPIC). Established in Kilkenny in 2012, MPIC provides a property claims management service to clients nationwide. 

MPIC is an ideal sponsors for this year’s triathlon – Seán Manicle and Cora Hennessy are long-standing members of Kilkenny Triathlon Club.

“Having been involved with the club since the start, this is a great opportunity for us to give something back,” said Cora. 

“While triathlon is an individual sport the club has a wonderful community, with people of all ages involved. 

“At Manicle Property Insurance Claims our philosophy as a business is ‘how can we help’,” added Seán. 

Swimmers line up for the start of the Kilkenny Triathlon. Pics: Mark Desmond

“For us, that was a match with the triathlon club’s ethos, as it is always there helping people. That’s why we came on board as race sponsors – it makes for a great partnership.”

The race begins with a 750m downstream swim in the Nore followed by a 20km cycle which takes participants out into Kilkenny’s idyllic countryside before looping back to the Castle Park for a 5km run. 

The course is testing, but offers a challenge to the experienced triathlete and beginner. There is also a try-a-Tri option, which has a 350m swim.

Part of what makes the event such a hit with participants is the friendliness of race day. Kilkenny Triathlon Club prides itself on being a hands-on club – members volunteer on the day, offering help to ease any last-minute nerves and to ensure everyone enjoys the day.

None of this would be possible without the help and support of the event partners and sponsors.

For all who enter this year’s race, Manicle Property Insurance Claims has provided a special bonus prize. Three lucky people will win a race kitbag.

Competitors wheel their bikes to transition before starting the run . Pics: Mark Desmond

That’s not all – to recognise the efforts of the volunteers, a fourth kitbag will be raffled between KTC volunteers.

“It takes a lot to run an event for any club,” said Cora. “I think it’s hugely important that we show our appreciation for the volunteers and all they do. 

“The one thing people always say about the duathlons and triathlons in Kilkenny is that they are run and marshalled so well. 

“People are always so friendly and encouraging, and they bring an element of safety and clarity that makes the day run so good.”

For more on the Triathlon, or to sign up for this year’s event while there is still time – there please visit www.kilkennytriathlonclub.com

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