Aaron Smith Represents Ireland at Glendalough
Idirbliain dálta Aaron Smith represented Ireland in the British and Irish Mountain Running Championship. On a challenging course in Glendalough, Aaron adapted to the conditions and finished third for the Irish runners. Congratulations to Aaron on an excellent achievement.
Darragh Collins Secures Top Spot in Triathlon National Series
2018 has been a great year for a new rising star in Irish Triathlons. Coláiste na hInse Leaving Cert student Darragh Collins (16) has been doing triathlons for only one year and he has already secured the top spot in the National Series for Under 20’s in this challenging sport. The event itself includes a gruelling 750m open water swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, completed in just over an hour.
Darragh had a tricky start to the year, as he was nursing a fractured fibula until March. But once he was given the ‘thumbs up’ it was all systems go with training. He trains 25 hours a week, getting up at 5:45am to squeeze in a swim before school. Then each evening he also fits in a cycle and a run. Over a typical week, he swims for 11 hours, cycles for 6 ½ hours, runs for 5 ½ hours and spends 2 hours in the gym. Add showers, muscle care and eating (all that activity needs a lot of fuel!) and you’d be excused for wondering how he fits anything else into life! Now the triathlon season is finished for the year however, Darragh will be focusing on his Leaving Certificate, as he has his eye on starting a Degree in the University of Limerick next year.
For the 2019 triathlon season, Darragh will be competing at the Super Series level, among the best handful of triathletes nationwide. Beyond that, this ambitious young athlete has Olympic dreams with the tenacity and talent to achieve them.