Lough Cutra Castle 2024 Race Report

Lough Cutra Castle and Estate provided the stunning backdrop to the curtain raiser of 2024 Castle Race Series Season, for an exciting and exhilarating weekend of racing. Even the weather couldn’t dampen the atmosphere at the Castle with over 2,000 hardy athletes conquering their individual pursuits of glory to claim their hard earned medal at the finish line in the shadow of the Castle.


We returned to the Castle for the 12th edition to host a series of triathlon, multisport, swim and run races, and what a weekend it was!

We saw athletes from across Ireland, the UK and Europe join us in Galway for a fantastic race weekend! Complete beginners to elites were in attendance taking part in various races. Athletes swam in the gorgeous privately owned lake, conquered the scenic bike course of South Galway and the Burren in County Clare before taking to the enchanting trails of the Estate grounds to finish at the front door of the Castle. Even the rain showers didn’t dampen the spirits. If you weren’t there, you really missed out!


We kicked the Saturday programme off with the Sprint Plus and Sprint Triathlon. The Sprint included the 16-17 youth racers, definitely ones to look out for in future years! Congratulations to Pearse Gallagher and Nessa Mangan who were the first athletes across the line in 2024, winning the Sprint Race. 

The programme was then followed by Sprint Aquathlon, Aquabike and Duathlon events.

We once again welcomed TI’s Aquathlon Sprint Championships to the Castle where Ernest Asensio Blasco and Ciara Wilson were crowned the 2024 National Sprint Aquathlon Champions.

Next up were the Super and Starter Sprint Triathlons, who raced alongside those taking part in the Triathlon Ireland and Galway Triathlon Club female only non-competitive sprint event. It was fantastic to see so many first time triathletes join us for this event in particular on Saturday morning, congratulations to everyone who took part in the Saturday morning events.

In the afternoon all eyes were down at the lake for Swim Series races, and then the Triathlon Ireland Mixed Team Relay Championships.  This was  the feature event of the afternoon and really got heart rates high with an exhilarating event that went down to the wire for the title!

Athletes raced their hearts out! It was a spectacle to behold with the Junior athletes from Predator Tri Club leading from gun to tape, they were the first across the line to win the race and retain their Championship Title for 2024. Limerick Tri Club in the Senior race chased down the Predator Junior Team who were in second place in the closing stages of the final leg of the relay to move into second place overall and successfully defend their National Senior Championship title.  The Mixed Relay is an event we hold very dear to our hearts and it gets bigger and better each year, this year was undoubtedly one of the most exciting races at the Castle.


Sunday was the second day of fun filled if a little damp racing where the athletes raced in some of our longer triathlon, multisport and Run Series events.

Early morning saw our half-iron “Gauntlet” triathletes take to the water! In a super display of racing across swim, bike and run it was Ronan Potterton who took top spot for the men with a time of 04:45:12 and Rose Lynch who crossed the line in first place for the women with a time of 05:37:23! Well done to all Gauntlet athletes, a super day of racing and tenacity displayed to conquer our Gauntlet course. 

The second event of the day was the were the Standard Distance race, which was won by Emmett Mullan and Imogen Cotter, in only her first ever standard distance race where she led from gun to tape on the day.

The mid morning then saw the start of standard distance Aquathlon, Aquabike and Duathlon events. Well done to all those who took part in our multisport events, giving everything on the course to get to the finish line and secure their medals.

The Run Series also kicked off in the morning with runners taking on a Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k around the Castle grounds. Congrats to Philip Macbain and Indi Rowley on winning the marathon!


Sunday afternoon saw Round Three of the Triathlon Ireland Youth Series take centre stage.  Athletes aged from 9-15 raced their socks off swimming, biking and running to the finish line! The support was fantastic from families and friends who cheered them on in front of the castle.

Well done to all the juniors who took part this weekend! We are proud of all of you and we hope you continue to love your journey in triathlon and multisport !


Race Director Brian Adcock said “Lough Cutra always gives us a superb weekend of racing. This year was once again phenomenal. The racing was world class and the atmosphere electric.  Thank you to the team, the marshals, Susie and the Castle, the spectators and most importantly the athletes who raced! This event wouldn’t be possible without you! We can’t wait to see you all again next year for another jam packed event here in Lough Cutra.”

RACE IN 2025

The spectacular setting of the Lough Cutra Estate provided the perfect backdrop for another marvellous weekend of racing. The fantastic atmosphere meant smiles all round.

If you would like to join us again next year, our race dates are May 24th & 25th 2025, we currently are offering 30% off all races at Lough Cutra, secure your spot on the start line of your chosen race today.

We hope to see you next year!

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