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Joey Hannan
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:31 pm savaloy
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The Joey Hannnan Memorial Triathlon is a race that had caught my eye when I first looked at racing in Ireland, but, until now, had eluded me in terms of adding it to my triathlon CV. The fact that the race has now entered its 21st successive year, 22 years after a local/club triathlete had tragically lost his life whilst cycling is a great testimony to the people who instigated the idea of a memorial race, the people who have continued its organisation and the man himself. Since I have been racing, the Joey Hannan has always been the first standard distance race in the Triathlon Ireland calendar, and has served as a marker for sending out a message for those who are in early season form ahead of the National Series races. This year the race, although not a National Series race, had been selected by Triathlon Ireland as the 2014 qualifier for the ITU AG World Champs in Edmonton Canada. Although I could have relied on my results from previous years to secure an overseas athlete slot, the appeal of securing a definite slot and experiencing the race attracted me to it, even though the timing was perhaps less than ideal coming 6 days after our main family holiday and 3 weeks after IMSA. So, when the opportunity arose to race I snapped it up.

(Photos courtesy of Damien Jackson/TI Media)

Sitting on the plane writing my report, I reflected on an enjoyable 24hrs. My initial thought was that it was "racing" in Ireland that I loved. Well, there is that, but it's actually a derivative of my overriding love for the people and the culture; A couple of examples, both involving the staff at Shannon Airport. The first was the lad who delivered my bike from the plane on Saturday evening:- "are you racing?" "Yep etc. etc." "ah, the Joey Hannan, that's a famous race".."if you're a triathlete, you must know Bryan McCrsytal?" "Indeed, a monster biker!" "Jaysus, you should see what he's doing in bike races over here at the moment!" " not your typical cyclist build, hey?!?" The second was the check in on my return flight..."I recognise that bag, how did the race go?" "Third" "Fantastic! Don't bother weighing the bike bag, we'll take care of it for you."

Getting over for the race was a breeze. Taxi to Airport at 5pm Saturday after an enjoyable family BBQ. In my hotel room, 1k from University of Limerick at 10:15pm, bike duly built and head down ready for a 7:30 registration, a relaxing morning and a 11:50 (ish, hey, this is Ireland..) start. As I was walking back to the hotel having racked my bike and attended the race briefing, somewhat spookily my iPhone beeped...having taken it out of my pocket I saw that I'd I inadvertently telephoned the number of my late friend Robert...his smiling face beaming out of my handheld. I often think of him when I'm racing. I took it as a good luck message, thinking that maybe he was up there with Joey sharing a drink whilst watching a bunch of well intended nutters cycling around the Limerick lanes in Lycra onesies Wink

My primary objective for the race was to secure a qualification slot for Edmonton. So, full armoury of puncture repair equipment and spares loaded. God willing, as long as I finished, top 5 in M45 was odds on. The names in the start list that caught my eye were Rory Sexton and Aaron O'brien. Two classy young athletes. I was delighted to finish third to these two, and watching them do what they do so well was impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing how they progress. I won't bore you with the minutiae of how the race unfolded, save to say that I was encouraged by my biking and running and am excited by the prospect of racing in Edmonton, especially after 4 months of Olympic/70.3 focused training. Similarly, I'm looking forward to returning to Ireland to race the Irish National Champs at Killkee in June, a race known as the Hell of the West, organised by Limerick Triathlon Club and now in its 30th year! However, before then I hope to have secured my Mont Tremblant 70.3 World Champs slot either at Mallorca or Wimbleball Smile

Before signing off, a short thank you for all your replies and messages post South Africa Smile Rumour is that SA may have been my last as opposed to final ironman. Maybe Wink
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Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:57 pm hammerer
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well done Matt, A standard in a pool is different. See you in an ironman soon Wink

Thu May 01, 2014 10:28 am Carlito
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'last as opposed to final' Very Happy

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My Results from 2015
Wimbleball UK 70.3 28/06/15
10th M45
(24:27/5:30/3:10.45/5:21/1:44.58 )

Outlaw 26/07/15
4th M45 10:07.55

Thames Turbo Sprint 31/08/15
7th 1:02.30

Challenge Weymouth 13/09/15
5th M45 10:07.40
My Results from 2014
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 15/03/14

Ironman South Africa 06/04/14
16th M45 11:02.34

Joey Hannon 27/04/14
3rd 1:57:08

Mallorca 70.3 10/05/14
4th M45 4:32.37
(23:36/3:56/2:29.25/3:22/1:32.18 )

Hell of The West (Killkee) 28/06/14
9th 2:07:20

Hillingdon Sprint 20/07/14
1st 1:14.18

Bedford Classic 27/07/14
4th 2:11:40

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 03/08/14
3rd 2:59:41

Monster Middle 17/08/14
2nd 3:59.31

ITU World AG Champs Standard 01/09/14
4th M45 2:03:59
(19:18/2:30/1:00.05/2:15/39:08 )

World 70.3 Championships 07/09/14
7th M45 4:18.17

Ironman Barcelona 05/10/14
3rd M45 9:05:59
_____My results from 2013____
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 02/03/13
1st M40 7:29.03

ETU Middle Distance Champs (Barcelona) 19/05/13
6th M40-44 4:55:48

Lough Cutra Olympic 26/05/13
3rd 2:12:38

Hever Castle Evening Sprint 12/06/13
1st 1:12.36

South Cerney Olympic 15/06/13
2nd 2:08:08

Ironman Frankfurt 07/07/13
14th M40 9:31:31 (S 49:32/T1 03:53/B 5:01:15/T2 02:43/R 3:34:08 )

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 28/07/13
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:31 (S 21:13/T1 2:57/B 2:04:01/T2 2:29/R 37:53)

European 70.3 Champs Wiesbaden 11/08/13
21st M40 4:41:52 (23:28/2:51/2:43:28/1:52/1:30:13)

Hillingdon Aquathlon 05/09/13
1st 24:12

Valencia Olympic 08/09/13
1st M40 2:10:08 (S 21:39/T1 1:38/B 1:06:35/T2 1:52/R 38:24)

ITU Aquathlon World Championships 11/09/13
1st M40 31:02

ITU World AG Champs - Standard 15/09/13
4th M40 1:51:30 (S 9:54/T1 2:52/B 1:00.32/T2 2:56/R 35:18 )

Ironman World Championship 12/10/13
11th M40 9:19:58 (S 53:33/T1 02:23/B 4:53:04/T2 03:20/R 3:27:38 )
_____My results from 2012____
Serp NYD 10k 01/01/12- 15th 36:09
Met XC League Trent Park 4.75 mile XC 14/01/12 60th of 335 27:44

Southern England XC Champs Brighton 28/01/12169th of 745 (20th vet) - 58:34 - 15k

Met XC League Perivale 5.66 mile XC 11/02/12
46th of 267 31:31

Roding Valley Half 26/02/12
7th of 910 75:51

Abu Dhabi Long Distance 03/03/12

Bath Half 11/03/12
111th 79:58

Brentwood Half 25/03/12
10th 75:49

USN Sprint Duathlon 01/04/12
5K/20K/5k - 1st 1:07:24 (Run 1 17:47/T1 0:28/Bike 30:37/T2 0:29/Run 2 18:03)

FulonTri Duathlon 14/04/12
6K/18K/6k - 4th 1:14:01 (Run 1 21:47/T1 0:29/Bike 30:18/T2 0:37/Run 2 20:49)

ETU European Champs 20/04/12
1st M40-44 1:59:47

Volcano Olympic 28/04/12
5th 2:04:40

GB Masters Champs Sheffield 50m pool 04/05/12

1500m - 2nd in 40-44 AG 18:50:79

ECCA 10m TT E2/10 05/05/12 38.01 (20:51 but late start penalty)Last Very Happy

Norland 30m TT F1/30 06/05/12 1:05.03 3rd

ECCA 10m TT E91/10 07/05/12 22:08 3rd

Norland 50m TT F1/50 13/05/12 1:49.54 3rd

Ironman Lanzarote 19/05/12
9th M40 10:09:30 (S 50:31/T1 03:47/B 5:30:09/T2 06:10/R 3:38:54)

Herts 30m TT F1/30 27/05/12 1:03.15 2nd

Finsbury Park 50m TT F1/50 10/06/12 1:48:20 4th

Icknield 25m TT F1/25 01/07/12 55:01 5th

Challenge Roth 08/07/12
1st M40 9:03:21 (S 47:45/T1 02:22/B 5:02:40/T2 01:48/R 3:08:48 )

API 25m TT E2/25 14/07/12 50:35 10th

SwimFest 10k swim 15/07/12 2:21:14 5th

Shaftesbury CC 50m TT E2/50 21/07/12 1:46:41 18th

ITU LD World Champs Vitoria Gasteiz 29/07/12
2nd M40 6:18:36 (S 55:43/T1 02:40/B 3:05:25/T2 1:33/R 2:13:18 )

FPCC 25m TT F1/25 05/08/12 55:12 14th

Votwo Silverstone Duathlon 07/08/12
3K/18K/3k - 3rd 51:04 (Run 1 11:05/T1 0:16/Bike 28:16/T2 0:15/Run 2 11:12)

Irish MD Champs Half Ireman 19/08/12
2nd 4:29:21

Wicklow Aquathlon 22/08/12
3rd 28:22

Ironman 70.3 World Champs Las Vegas 09/09/12
40th M40 5:04:55(26:36/3:41/2:41:25/2:43/1:50:30)

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 23/09/12
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:56 (S 20:37/T1 3:28/B 2:02:37/T2 1:58/R 40:18 )

Votwo 3.8k Swim Dorney 30/09/12
48:32 3rd

Ironman World Championship 13/10/12
62nd M40 10:09:27 (S 54:36/T1 02:37/B 5:27:20/T2 05:21/R 3:39:27)
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