Irish couple Catherine Keohane and Ronan Foolkes will race in Sunday’s Frenchville Frogs triathlon at Capricorn Resort.
Irish couple Catherine Keohane and Ronan Foolkes will race in Sunday’s Frenchville Frogs triathlon at Capricorn Resort. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Skill of the Irish, to be sure

TRIATHLON: It’s not the case of the luck of the Irish, but rather the skill of the Irish.

Catherine Keohane will leap on to the tracks this weekend for round four of the Tuckers Cycle Inn Series of the Frenchville Frogs triathlon.

The Irish born gal is expected to leave competitors trailing behind her when she races the short course duathlon after winning the last two rounds of the long course duathlon.

Keohane now calls Rockhampton home and said she has downgraded to the short course event to have more people to compete against.

“There are 17 competitors in the short course and there were only eight in the long course last time, and I raced with the men,” she said.

But that’s not to say she didn’t still leave all of the men trailing behind her as well.

Keohane said her strength lay in her running and she had only been cycling for a little over a year.

She will hit the course and set the pace in the one kilometre run, 14km bike ride then back to her strength in another two km run.

Keohane and her partner Ronan Foolkes joined the Frenchville Frogs earlier this year when they were backpacking Australia and then “fell in love with it”.

However, Foolkes will not be competing in his usual triathlon event this weekend after an injury during training this week.

Wayne Clifford, of the Frenchville Frogs, said the two had shown great strength and improvement during their time with the club.

“Ronan is improving greatly, he has a strong 400m track hurdle background,” he said.

“He has improved remarkably and is very strong.”

The Irish couple have competed in world events before and Keohane will compete in the Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships in September next year.

Foolkes is expected to be back on his feat for race five of the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon.

But as usual, this weekend’s long course triathlon will be battled out between Fin Turley and Ben Wreide with Mark McCutchan nipping at their heels.

In the first and second round of the triathlons, Wreide took the lead in first place, but in the last round it was Turley who stepped up and pushed through in first.

The event is held at the Capricorn Resort in Yeppoon at 8am.



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