Ironman’s first full event in Ireland took place in Youghal yesterday though a yellow weather warning for rain meant that the first part, a 2.4 kilometre swim had to be cancelled.
The race was live streamed on the Ironman and Cork County Council’s Facebook pages as well as elsewhere and the international popularity of the event was such that over 1.4 million views were recorded on the stream.
That makes it doubly frustrating that the weather should have intervened. It comes off the back of the red Bull Cliff Diving in Dun Laoghaire having had to be similarly curtailed as a competition due to higher winds than were considered safe.
We don’t get many shots at being in the global spotlight for those who not only compete in but also host events like these on the adventure spectrum. To have two impacted by the weather is a real blow.
There will be a second Ironman, al wit at the shorter 70.3 distance in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire in August when hopefully conditions will be a little more suitable and the full three elements of the event will take place through the stunning scenery of the Wicklow mountains.
Yesterday’s race drew 2,500 competitors and was won by double Olympic Triathlete Alistair Brownlee.
His presence and victory will have assured even more than the normal amount of international coverage. It’s just such a shame that he had to share the headlines with that most traditional Irish notion of an adverse weather forecast.
Ireland’s Bryan McCrystal came second after a huge performance. He is Ireland’s Triathlon record holder and the name will also be familiar through the cycling and Paralympic achievements of his sister Eve who is the sighted pilot for Katie George Dunlevy and has brought home Paralympic Gold from Rio.
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