Irish Indoor Rowing Championships (IIRC 2018)

Killorglin athletes travelled to UL Arena for the National Indoor Rowing Championships on Saturday.  Airida Mateviciute raced the Women’s J13 3minutes and 500m races, winning silver and gold respectively. Marcus Lavery clocked up two PB’s in the Men’s J13 3minutes and 500m races finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Rhiannon O’Donoghue and Anna Tyther, both in their first year as junior 18’s (Junior17) finished 12th and 28th respectively out of 79 entries. Both girls achieved their personal bests finishing the 2000m race in a time of 7:34.8 and 7:46.3. Orla McCarthy won the Women’s J15 1000m race in a time of 3:46.8. She then went onto winning silver in the Women’s J15 500m competition sharing podium with Galway Rowing Club and Enniskillen Royal Boat Club. Jessica Lee won two medals for the Club in the Women’s 40 – 49 category; first bronze in the 2000m race and silver in the 500m sprint race.  Anna Tyther and Rhiannon O’Donoghue raced the Women’s Junior 18 500m sprints also finishing 10th and 6th respectively. There were 32 entries in this event with the winner clocking 1:38.2. James McCarthy finished 14th in his first year as an Under 23 achieving 6min and 29.4 sec for the 2000m. James then went onto winning silver in the Men’s Freshers 1000m for CIT and the team relay.

It is very encouraging to see the improvements made by all and medals won on the day. Well done everyone!

Indoor rowing is only a part of our rowing training and although scores are a great indication of overall fitness and ones’ ability on the machine, it is important to remember that they don’t float. So, bring on the water season!

First water event of 2018 rowing season is coming to Killorglin, Co. Kerry and Killorglin Boat Club – the Kerry Head of the River. The event promises to be a busy one with 140 crews entered and 17 clubs represented on the day! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Photos credit: Just look at the lens Photography – Stephen Kiely

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