Longford Triathlon Club will host its first full-distance triathlon - the Lord of the Dring sprint triathlon - at Dring Shore in Mullinalaghta on Saturday, July 27.
And while a public toilet on the shore of Loch Gowna was closed recently as water servicing the facility was untreated and not fit for human consumption, a Longford County Council spokesperson outlined that lake water quality is fine for recreational purposes.
And it is full steam ahead for the eagerly anticipated Lord of the Dring event, with organisers confident that a large field of upwards of 150 competitors will participate.
“It’s been a lot of hard work to get this far”, said race director, Seán Ó Ceallaigh. “My job has been made a lot easier because of the great support we have received from our main sponsors, Ann and Eugene Watters from the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, and also the local community, who have given the Lord of the Dring triathlon their full backing from day one.”
The event consists of a 750-metre swim in Lough Gowna, a 20km cycle around the lake and a 5km run through Derrycassan Wood.
As well as the full sprint distance, there are ‘Try-a-Tri’ and relay options for competitors.
The Lord of the Dring on Saturday, July 27 is a fully-sanctioned triathlon race and entries can be submitted online at www.longfordtri.ie.