Belpark Ladies have won the National Series Club Championships, with a 25 point victory over Pulse Tri Club, and Piranha in 3rd. The result went right down to the wire, with victory only secured in the last race of the season in Belmullet. The six scoring ladies on the team were:
Julie Ann Bowden who was top scorer and had 3 podiums at National Series races
Ellen Murphy who won the Belpark Ladies Championships in her home race in Dunmore and took 2nd place in TriAthlone Olympic.
Deirdre O’Toole who won TriAthlone Olympic and finished 6th at Olympic National Championships in Lough Neagh
Laura Keane, who after puncturing in Dublin Tri, extended her training for another month so that she could race in Belmullet to complete 5 NS races, and ensure Belpark won the overall champs.
Helen French had impressive improvements in her bike and run times from the 2010 season.
Rebecca Byrne who started the season in Athy as a complete beginner, and improved with every race, becoming the vital 6th scorer on the team.
Julie Ann, Ellen and Deirdre also finished in the overall top 10 in the National Series Female rankings.
There were a number of other Belpark Ladies who contributed greatly to team spirit and who made podiums at multi-sport events during the season including Sarah Lane, Anne McGrane, Eimear Fitzmaurice, Laoise Griffin, Niamh Connolly, Barbara Hanrahan. Special mention must also go to Ellen Vitting and Grainne Connor who both recorded debut sub 12 hr Ironman. Hopefully all these ladies will be available and injury free to race in National Series in 2012.
Because no doubt other clubs are already looking to 2012 and how to wrestle the trophy from us. However we do have a few aces up our sleeves, with the hopeful return from injury of top triathlete Barbara Hanrahan, and perhaps our two class duathletes Eilis Connery & Catherine Devitt can be persuaded to hit the pool over the winter!!
Special thanks is due to John Caffrey, Brian Crinion, Stephen McBride, Eamon Tilley, Liam Dunne, Mick Bolger and Rathfarnham Athletic Club who contributed to ladies coaching sessions during the year. For information on ladies training events: contact Ellen Murphy (email@example.com) or Deirdre O’Toole (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop along to any of our training sessions.
Belpark ladies at Club Championship race in Dunmore East