I completed the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon in 2016 – I missed last year – but when my nephew insisted he wanted to do the entire Castle Series again, I was more than happy to take him over to Ireland.
Brilliant triathlon from Castle Triathlon series - the organisation is consistent with all the other events in the series, which is to say flawless! Gorgeous course, beautiful clean water to swim in and top notch marshalling. Race briefing is thorough and reassuring and the post-race snacks are excellent. Thanks Castle Tri!
This was our second year at Lough Cutra and it didn't disappoint- The Castle Triathlon Series offers so much for families, which is why we enjoy it.
Another great castle series race, very scenic and honest course, hardly any traffic on the bike which is always a bonus. Really friendly team and as always a great atmosphere.
This was my first Triathlon event so it was mainly to be used as a learning experience and that it was!!
Loved this event. Beautiful location. Fabulous lake...lovely to swim in. Great organisation. All round top day... thanks guys
Expensive and badly run, €65 Entry, €10 medal insert, €20 Finisher T Shirt, €10 end of race massage, €30 to download 6 finish line photos, All these things are included in previous races I've done.
This was my very first triathlon so really didn't know what to expect. From the moment we arrived at Lough Culra we were welcomed. All organisers were friendly and very supportive. The scenery was just beautiful. What was a disappointment was the weather, but hey who can predict that. It rained while doing the triathlon but that didn't stop me for enjoying it. One suggestion would be to change the course for the run as we had to run across/back through a field with a lot of holes from cows so this was a little dangerous. Otherwise highly highly recommend and can't wait for next year. Thank you so much to all the crew and organisers in the Lough Cultra triathlon series for a fab first triathlon.
I arrived on the campsite on Friday - a nice big open field that never got crowded. Once I pitched my tent, the rain started to fall. It did not stop all night but eased off just before the race. Even though the weather was miserable, the atmosphere was fantastic - live music played and the show most definitely went on. Everyone I spoke to was enjoying themselves immensely.
The weather made it qutoe difficult this year and the bike is always a killer but enjoyed it all the same. Very well organised every year
This was my first triathlon, so I was pretty nervous but very excited! The event was very well organised and I loved the running commentary at the finish line it gave me great pride to hear my name being called out!
The swim was fine, the road surface for the bike was rough for the first half but fine after. The Run course was awful, very slippy, very dangerous, running through feilds that cows had dug up and i seen many people spain there ankles on holes there where not visible. New run route would improve the race greatly
1 - There should have been a proper time slot for registration the night before, 1 hour in late afternoon is not adequate, and created extra confusion in the morning as there wasn't enough people to cope with the lines.
The race itself was great, once you found the site. But there were tons of diversions to get to the actual place and there were NO signposts on the diverted routes. It was really confusing and we thought we'd miss registration. Written instructions in the email were fine but an actual map with arrows and BIG signposts with BIG arrows clearly showing where to go from BOTH sides of Gort would have been very helpful and taken away a lot of stress. But the race itself was a blast and well-organised.
The swim excellent
This is the second year in a row I've completed the beautiful Lough Cutra Tri and the first where the weather wasn't equal to the South of France.
I raced the super series race this weekend and enjoyed the race. However there are a few downsides to this race. First of all, when we arrived there was nobody to greet us at registration. When we began the registration process, the marshals were unsure of their work. The swim course is great and I have no complaints, however the exit from transition to the mount line was a disgrace. I know the rain did not help the situation but it was a mudfest before we mounted the bike. The bike course was nice too, a nice 3lap bike course on good roads which really added to the draft legal experience of the race. But again, heading back into T2, we faced the mudfest again, this time, it was worse. The uneven muddy surface, with twigs branches and stones was not something I enjoyed running through on the way into transition for the second time. And then we come to the run route. This really frustrated me. As we left transition and less than 200m into the run route we were again running through muck and puddles. As the race wore on, the puddles got bigger and we ran across two cow fields during the route. These fields still had cow dung on the run path. But that wasn't the worst. The extremely uneven surface was beyond a joke. For the length of each crossing of the fields, every last footstep resulted in a 'wobble' because of the ground. There was very little consideration for athletes who may have only come back from injury or those who may have ended up getting injured because of this route. Overall, it was a quite enjoyable race, but it's hard to see why the entry cost so much. From my point of view, it is eveident that this race is being ran by a company who is more interested in making a profit than giving athletes a great experience of our sport.