As a race organiser, the implications of cancelled and postponed events is real with lots of uncertainty and unknowns. In recent days, the Irish government has cancelled all mass gatherings until the end of the summer, impacting all sporting, concerts, public gatherings and social events. I thought I’d share some ideas, given my experience from … Continue reading What’s the future of mass participation sports events in 2020?
12th in 4h50m Swim 43m / Bike 2h 39m / Run 1h 21m “Not another triathlon race report,” says you. “Dave has been doing these for over 10 years. Can he not find something else to write about?” Well hold your thoughts. Last weekend, I entered a new race for me, at a longer distance … Continue reading Race Report: Lost Sheep Triathlon
This year I’ve spent more time organising races than competing in them, so I’ve had lots of time to think about what goes into organising events. I was race director for 4 of Belpark Tri Clubs races, which took up a lot of time in the winter, spring and summer. Most races or events are … Continue reading Thoughts on race organisation
Race report from Rotterdam Triathlon - ITU World Championships 2017
One of the best things about racing aboard is the World Cup of nations you met and get to race a against. The Mexicans had the best gear, hands down, inspired with their Aztec floral design on every piece of kit – from arm warmers to bras (so I was told!). With over 100 nations … Continue reading Rotterdam: Name the Triathlete
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jancek/34842408953/in/album-72157682945422153/ Jailbreak - who wouldn’t like to swim away from an island back to the mainland? If they can do it in Alcatraz, Cork won’t be outdone. After years of going to Kinsale, for a great race and weekend at King of the Hill, I decided to give Cobh a go, mainly due to the … Continue reading Race Report: Jailbreak Cobh Triathlon
This is a race report with a difference. For a race I didn't even take part in. The Phoenix Park Duathlon took place on 22nd April 2017 with over 200 competitors. I was one of the 40 Belpark Tri Club volunteers who made it happen. Here's my report from the race director's (RD) eyes. Where … Continue reading Duathlon Race Report – RD view
25 February 2017 – Athlone I.T.: I always saw a race director as a stressed looking individual busily moving around a race transition zone – clipboard in one hand, phone or walkie talkie in the other. Telling other people in hi-viz jackets where you can and can’t park your bike, or what time wave 3 … Continue reading TI Race Organisers Summit
We all had a great weekend down in Mullingar recently, where nearly 400 people took part in the Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon, hosted by Midland Tri Club. I was thinking on the way back – what makes a great race? For the weekend that was in it – we paid €55 for an Olympic distance … Continue reading What makes a good race?
Seven months into 2015 and I’m happy with my year so far. 16 races done across several disciplines – from cross country and duathlons over the colder winter/spring months, then moving onto road races, adventures races and triathlons. I’ve had some great results – 2nd in Blackstairs Adventure Race, 1st team in Wicklow Way Relay, … Continue reading So how’s 2015 going?