Niall McCarthy took on Ironman in Youghal in June 2019 to support Cork ARC, with partner Michelle Nagle participating in aid of Jigsaw.
Youghal is a coastal fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland and a fortified seaport since the fifth century. It is also Ireland’s second oldest town, and was perfectly situated to stage an iconic triathlon. With or without suitable weather conditions!
A two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course follows the swim stage. Starting off through the centre of Youghal town, cyclists will take on the challenge off climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot.
The cyclists will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour.
This breathtaking course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a max elevation of 190m above Midleton before a technical drop back into Youghal.
The 42km (26.2-mile) run course will be the highlight of this event. This will be a flat four lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in the harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the IRONMAN finishing arch in Market Square.
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