Back in 1987 Triathlon was the “New Kid on the Block” sport. It was introduced to the public by the UBITA through the Hour Breaker Series which was a 250m swim, 9mile cycle and 3mile run.
Such was the success of these events in the North Down area that Peninsula Triathlon Club was formed. The founding members included Jim Brown (chairman of the Ulster Branch), Ian Kirkpatrick, Colin Patterson (ex Ulster & British Lions rugby player), Philip Downey, George Napier, Tom Milne and the evergreen Ean McClure.
From a handful of enthusiastic members the club quickly grew to nearly 50 which made it the largest club in the Ulster Branch at that time.
We have had many successful competitors over the intervening years including Tom Heaney who was Irish Champion, and Claire Scott, Ean McClure, Mark Hudson, Philip Morrison and Thomas Simmons who have represented Ulster & Ireland.
The club has a long and rich history of organising Triathlon and Duathlon races. These have consistently been well received and supported during the local race calendar and we are very proud to have given the accolade of “Best run race” in this category.
During the late 1990’s club numbers fell as the sports popularity waned however a hardcore of enthusiastic members kept things going which has allowed the club to once again prosper during the current renaissance that triathlon is enjoying. We now have 75 plus members and are continuing to grow thanks to high profile media exposure of our sport in events such as the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The philosophy of the club from the beginning has been that we should all enjoy the sport of triathlon and as such maintains a vibrant social side as well as competitive side for all members.
Due to the enthusiasm of the committee and members, the club continues to grow and evolve and we hope to continue attracting new members to our sport, and providing all of our athletes with a friendly and supportive club to be proud of.