Blacksod Welcome for Bressie & Co.Last weekend, there was a great welcome in the Erris region for Irish musician Bressie, and for his comrades from his RTÉ Two 'Ironmind' documentary. The popular TV personality is taking four fitness novices on a journey to explore the link between positive physical and mental health. The Blacksod Point Challenge triathlon was the group's biggest challenge yet - a fantastic achievement! Almost 200 triathletes took part in the Blacksod Point Challenge in Erris, which was hosted by Erris Beo and the Kilmore Triathlon Club. With the exception of a few very small showers, the weather was warm and sunny. The race involves a 1,500m swim in Blacksod Bay, a 41km cycle up the Mullet Peninsula to and from Belmullet town, and a 10km run through some of the most beautiful Wild Atlantic Way locations, overlooking the Inis Gé islands. The overall male winner was Stephen Donnelly from Ballina, and the overall female winner was Caoimhe Ní Mhurchú from Sligo. The full list of results can be found on the club's website - http://www.kilmoretriathlonclub.com/ Comhghairdeas to all! The Blacksod Point Challenge is a National Series Race, sanctioned by Triathlon Ireland, the national governing body for the sport. This Olympic distance race has become known as "an animal with teeth", due to its test of endurance that pushes participants to their limits. Even though the race has become known as one of Ireland's toughest and most gruelling triathlons, the spectacular views of the Erris region attracts hundreds of competitors to the area every year. The UK’s ‘Telegraph’ newspaper recommends the triathlon for its “picturesque setting” and the crew from ‘Outsider Magazine’ “couldn’t recommend it more!” Rina Garrett, Tourism Development Manager of Erris Beo, said: “The Blacksod Point Challenge has become a fantastic annual Erris event, even for the non-participants! Every year, the athletes are blown away by the welcome and the encouragement they receive from the locals. It is the last race in Ireland’s National Series calendar, so this is a fantastic place to wrap up the triathletes’ season – in the best place in Ireland to go wild! We are delighted that Bressie & the 'Ironmind' triathletes enjoyed the event & their stay in Erris, and we wish them the best of luck with the RTÉ documentary.” Erris Beo and the Kilmore Triathlon Club thank all the sponsors, the marshals and everyone who helped out on the day: Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Gateway Leisure, Una’s Pub, An Builín Blasta (O’Donoghue’s Bakery), The Talbot Hotel, Rubex, McGrath’s Industrial Waste, Shell, Ireland West Airport Knock, Outsider Magazine, Coláiste UISCE, Barretts’ Wholesalers, Reilly’s Pharmacy, Wavesweeper, Carne Golf Links, KM Doocey Solicitors, Pure Athlete, Mariko Sparkling Green Tea, Brogans’ Eurospar, Carey’s Newsagents & Bookstore, The High Chapparal (Munnellys), Cuffe’s Centra, Lavelle’s Pharmacy, Sheer Elegance (Ann Geraghty), Shevlin’s Hardware, Healys’ Siopa (Binghamstown), Geraghtys’ Garage, Last Lap Café, Belmullet Rural Social Scheme, Order of Malta, RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Belcross (Cowmans’), An Garda Síochána, McHale Marine (Castlebar), Triathlon Ireland, and Mayo Co. Council..Last weekend, there was a great welcome in the Erris region for Irish musician Bressie, and for his comrades from his RTÉ Two 'Ironmind' documentary. The popular TV personality is taking four fitness novices on a journey to explore the link between positive physical and mental health. The Blacksod Point Challenge triathlon was the group's biggest challenge yet - a fantastic achievement! Almost 200 triathletes took part in the Blacksod Point Challenge in Erris, which was hosted by Erris Beo and the Kilmore Triathlon Club. With the exception of a few very small showers, the weather was warm and sunny. The race involves a 1,500m swim in Blacksod Bay, a 41km cycle up the Mullet Peninsula to and from Belmullet town, and a 10km run through some of the most beautiful Wild Atlantic Way locations, overlooking the Inis Gé islands. The overall male winner was Stephen Donnelly from Ballina, and the overall female winner was Caoimhe Ní Mhurchú from Sligo. The full list of results can be found on the club's website - http://www.kilmoretriathlonclub.com/ Comhghairdeas to all! The Blacksod Point Challenge is a National Series Race, sanctioned by Triathlon Ireland, the national governing body for the sport. This Olympic distance race has become known as "an animal with teeth", due to its test of endurance that pushes participants to their limits. Even though the race has become known as one of Ireland's toughest and most gruelling triathlons, the spectacular views of the Erris region attracts hundreds of competitors to the area every year. The UK’s ‘Telegraph’ newspaper recommends the triathlon for its “picturesque setting” and the crew from ‘Outsider Magazine’ “couldn’t recommend it more!” Rina Garrett, Tourism Development Manager of Erris Beo, said: “The Blacksod Point Challenge has become a fantastic annual Erris event, even for the non-participants! Every year, the athletes are blown away by the welcome and the encouragement they receive from the locals. It is the last race in Ireland’s National Series calendar, so this is a fantastic place to wrap up the triathletes’ season – in the best place in Ireland to go wild! We are delighted that Bressie & the 'Ironmind' triathletes enjoyed the event & their stay in Erris, and we wish them the best of luck with the RTÉ documentary.” Erris Beo and the Kilmore Triathlon Club thank all the sponsors, the marshals and everyone who helped out on the day: Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Gateway Leisure, Una’s Pub, An Builín Blasta (O’Donoghue’s Bakery), The Talbot Hotel, Rubex, McGrath’s Industrial Waste, Shell, Ireland West Airport Knock, Outsider Magazine, Coláiste UISCE, Barretts’ Wholesalers, Reilly’s Pharmacy, Wavesweeper, Carne Golf Links, KM Doocey Solicitors, Pure Athlete, Mariko Sparkling Green Tea, Brogans’ Eurospar, Carey’s Newsagents & Bookstore, The High Chapparal (Munnellys), Cuffe’s Centra, Lavelle’s Pharmacy, Sheer Elegance (Ann Geraghty), Shevlin’s Hardware, Healys’ Siopa (Binghamstown), Geraghtys’ Garage, Last Lap Café, Belmullet Rural Social Scheme, Order of Malta, RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Belcross (Cowmans’), An Garda Síochána, McHale Marine (Castlebar), Triathlon Ireland, and Mayo Co. Council.