The Land of the Giants Duathlon

December 11, 2012

Christmas   Duathlon for Claremorris

Don’t worry about putting on extra pounds over the Christmas as The Land of The Giants Duathlon will help to burn them up. On December 29th at 10.30am the town will be a color fest of runners and cyclist all aiming to complete the first ever Claremorris Duathlon!!

Claremorris, a well known sporting town,  is new to this type of racing; a mix of running and cycling but having an ideal venue with the walkway around the McMahon Park and on into the Land of the Giants Greenway which is a real stunner it will make for a great event, even though rumor has it Giants may appear..!!

The event will start at The Square in the Town Centre, once the horn blasts all the runners take off mass start down the Main St on to James Street towards the Ballinrobe Road, turning left into Mc Mahon park on to the path around Clare Lake and on into the longer run over to the Golf course while avoiding a few larger than life obstacles!  Once the run is finished participants get their bikes at the car park and cycle out toward Mayfield rolling over the hills for 6k before turning left for Carramore and left again at Malachy Fordes Country club pub back in to Claremorris, the second run takes the athletes on a 2k anti clockwise run around Clare Lake before running back to The Square for the Finish.

The Claremorris Chamber of Commerce are always enthusiastic and supportive of big events and in the past few years the Mayo Stages Rally has been a real attraction along with numerous town festival events, but an open sporting event like this holds well for Claremorris with its long history of sport in particular its Athletics and swimming, all locals have to do now is

The event has already attracted some big names and as time draws closer to the big day and taken place at a good time of year with a very well layed out coarse, it is expected to have a full field in excess of 300 participants. Red tag timing will record the timing of the event so all the splits will be available to every finisher.

The event is open to all abilities, all that is required is that you are healthy and up for a post Xmas challenge. Sign on takes place on Saturday morning December 29th from 8.30am to 9.45am at the Dalton Inn or grab an early bird price by booking on line @ .

Race Details

Date:                        29th of December 2012

Distance:                  5.5k run, 18k cycle, 2k run

Total Distance        25.5kms approx 1hour to complete by the Elites

Location:                  The Town of Claremorris and surrounding


Race Directors:        Padraig Marrey & Shane Gilligian

Registration:            8.30am – 9.45am

Start Time:              10.30 am Saturday 29th

Finish Time:             12.30am

No. of Competitors:  up to 400

Garda:                     Claremorris Gardai

First Aid:                Red Cross & Order of Malta

Volunteers:              15 Volunteers

Register:                  On line at

Sign on:                    Saturdaymorning December  29th at the Dalton Inn


Price:   €20 early bird and €27 there after


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Land of the Giants Duathlon?

The Duathlon is a mix of running and cycling over a flat course. A
standard racer will do perfectly for the bike sections and your normal runners will do for all of the running sections. The running sections are a mix of paths and tracks but normal running   shoes should suffice.

The bike sections are all on sealed rural roads, but bring a spare tube
and pump in case of a puncture as you have to be self sufficient. Remember to fit a water bottle to your bike as it’s easier to take on fluids while cycling.

The Breakdown is as follows

Race Format

  1. 5.5k run
  2. 18k cycle flat
  3. 2k run

Total distance 25.5kms

How long will it take to complete the course ?

Elite – If you are a competitive hill runner, tri-athlete, run marathons or
cyclist. This would be if you are extremely active every week. Winner in about 1hr 5mins, lady winner 1.15hrs

Intermediate – If you are starting training with a good level of fitness, maybe go to soccer or rugby training once or twice a week, but have never tried a multi sport event before, course in about 1.5hrs  and female about

Beginner – If you are starting from a low level of fitness and this is a whole new challenge for you under 1.45.hrs and female about 2.5hrs

What type of bike do you need ?

Bicycle Guide

Safety first; you should ensure that the bike is properly serviced, with
working brakes; you want to feel safe and confident on your bike.

You must OBEY the rules of the road at all times as the race will be held on open roads. (The good news is they are quite)

Wearing of a helmet is compulsory while cycling; it can be left with the
bike at the transition areas while on the running sections.

Bike choices in terms of Speed

  • A triathlon bike would be best for this course as its pretty flat
  • A road bike (racer) would be next fastest choice, could fit TT bars
  • A mountain bike/Hybrid with slick tyres would be slower.
  • A mountain bike with knobbly tyres would be slowest of all.

Bike mandatory kit: Pump ,Spare tube, Tire levers, Allen key set (optional)

What other items do I need to compete

You will need your own bike. You could rent a bike AT Marrey Bikes but book early to avoid disappointment.  You may also need some more mandatory kit. This mandatory kit will be confirmed to all registered participants by e-mail no later than 20th of December the list will be basic as the course is not dangerous and is easily accessible by all vehicles

Can I get a refund if I do not attend ?

When paying for your entry to Land of the Giants Duathlon it is
stipulated that this is a non-refundable payment. As soon as a competitor
enters we incur costs such as admin etc. It is also not possible to transfer entries to any other Events, next year’s event, or a different competitor.

Where are the water stops?

The water stops will be at the Transitions only, we recommend that you carry a bottle on your bike REMEMBER KEEP THE TOWN CLEAN!!!

Can I practice on the course beforehand?

We encourage you to use the course maps to practice on the Duathlon
course in advance.

Duathlon route

First Run

Bike course

Second run

Where do I leave my bike


Your bikes must be left at T1 (Playground car park on the Ballinrobe Rd) . On the morning of the race you can leave you bike in the marshaled transition area. All competitors will be wearing a race number for
the event and will be issued a race number for your bike also which helps us identify your bike at the transitions. Race numbers will be issued at race registration with your pack. The bikes will be safe and secure. You will need to pick up your bike from the main transition area by 1pm, so that we can tidy up.


Do I have to navigate on the Course?

While navigation skills are not a requirement, do not travel faster than
your route knowledge.  The route will be described and marked with signs/arrows; there will be Marshalls on all the major junctions but always proceed with caution as this is an unsupported challenge

Will the race go ahead if there is bad weather?

If the situation arrives that we are unlucky enough to get weather that may be dangerous to participants, the organizer may have to make a decision to shorten or take out certain sections of the course, and this will only be decided on the morning of the event.

Race Marshaling

Please obey the race organization at all times, these include Red Cross,
Gardai, Volunteers and all race personal. On the bike cycle obey T T rules,
stay 25meters apart.

Strictly No IPods or Headphones; If you wear either you will be disqualified on the spot, safety is a huge priority and failing to here instruction or the sound of on coming traffic can cause serious accidents to you, fellow competitors and to the general public.

What time is Registration?

The registration locations will be open on Saturday morning from 8.30am-9.45am at the Dalton Inn the Square Claremorris.

When you register, you willreceive your race pack containing your Race number (to be pinned to the front of your jersey), bike number (put on stem) and ankle timing chip.(strapped to your ankle)

There will be staff on hand to answer questions. On Saturday morning the
29th of December (after 8am) you can leave your bike at T1 transition area at Abbey street carpark, where we will have set up bike racking with a number for your bike. It will be safe as the transition area is locked and they are guarded by the marshals.

Can I see my split times?

Your progress through the course (and results) is
measured with the use of electronic timing equipment,(red tag timing) part of which requires the wearing of a small device on your ankle.

Full breakdown of all the stages (Run, Time in T1, Bike, time again in T1, and final run )

What time is the Start Proper?

Race briefing will take place at 10.15am at the Square, the race will
start proper at 10.30am please obey the marshals, as penalties will apply for
not doing so.

What are the prizes categories?

Prizes Males 1st 2nd 3rd overall

Female 1st 2nd 3rd overall

Male and female 1st Under 18 (Junior)

Male and female 1st Over 40

What time can I see the results?

Once every competitor has finished we will have a draft set of results ready 60mins after that time.

Full results will be posted on FB

Are the changing facilities

Claremorris swimming pool will provide showering facilities, its only 300m from the finish line.


At the prize giving light refreshments will be served, the prize giving will take place at the Dalton Inn the Square Claremorris the dame place where you sign on.

Finally enjoy the Race  !!!!!!!!


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