Humbert Challenge MapsJanuary 19, 2016
This page shows the route maps for the 2016 Humbert Challenge Sprint and 1/2 Iron Triathlons and Duathlon. Click on any of the images to enlarge and then back button to return to this page:
The swim takes place on Callow Lake. The relevant distances for the Half Iron and Sprint will be marked out clearly with large orange buoys. Both swims will travel clockwise, i.e. North, up along Deacys shoreline. There will be two waves, the first for the Half Iron and the second for the Sprint triathlon. Both races will be started by the activation of loud hooter or mechanism.
The swimmers competing in the Half Iron will keep the buoys to their left at all times and once they reach the last buoy which is located approximately 100 meters beyond the island (there is just one island on this lake), they will then cross the lake and follow the buoys, again keeping them to their left. After crossing the lake they will swim down the far shore and on reaching the last buoy, turn left and head across the lake to the finish line.
In relation to the Sprint swimmers will commence their swim once the first swimmers in the Half Iron reach the second buoy (this is subject to change and will depend on recommendations of Timing Company). The swim Marshal will activate the hooter and the Sprint swim will commence. At the second buoy (large green buoy), swimmers will cross the lake and keeping the buoys to their left at all times. Once they cross they will travel to the second buoy to their left and then swim back to the finish.
Half Iron Triathlon & Duathlon & Half Iron Relay Bike Route:
The Humbert Half Iron comprises of a 90km cycle. It will commence at Transition 1 and travel to Foxford. Please note that the cycle for the Half Iron travels straight through Foxford town whereas the cycle for the Sprint turns left at the main junction in the town. From Foxford the cycle will travel over the bridge on the River Moy and veer left onto the Pontoon Road. As they race onwards to Pontoon, Lough Cullen will be on left and Drummin Wood right. There is a T-junction as they approach the Ballina Castlebar Road on the R310 and this juncture, they will turn left and race on to Healy’s Hotel, Pontoon. At Healy’s Hotel, cyclist will turn right. Please note that this is one of two right turns on the course and all participants should use caution when negotiating this turn. From Healy’s Hotel, the race travels to Lahardane (note the change to Lahardane this year as in previous years the cycle turned left at Maassbrook onto Bofeenaun). On approaching Lahardane, the cycle will negotiate a sharp left, travel up to Bofeenaun and begin the climb of the Windy Gap and then descent into Castlebar. As cyclists approach Castlebar and come to the Pontoon junction, they will be directed to go left and follow onto Parke, Turlough and onto the N5 and travel to Ballyvarry/Bohola and back Transition 2 , Amenity Park located on the Kiltimagh Road, Swinford.
Sprint Triathlon & Sprint Relay Bike Route:
Normally the standard distance for the cycle in a sprint triathlon is 20km but in order to maximise our resources, and ensure improved safety, we have increased the distance to 26km on what we believe to be a safer route. The cycle will be raced over a relatively flat, smooth and even surface which should compensate for the extra distance.
The Sprint cycle will commence at Transition 1 and travel to Foxford. On entering Foxford they will turn left onto the Castlebar Road. After approximately 5km they will cross over the bridge the River Moy at Ballylahan and take the next turn on the left. They will travel straight to Bohola and from there turn left , onto the N5 and eastwards to Swinford turning left at the Kiltimagh Road and back to Transition 2 at The Amenity Centre.
Half Iron Triathlon/relay & Duathlon Run Route Map
The run is 22km in distance and for the most part is set over a flat course. The run will proceed from Transition 2 out the Old Castlebar Road and after approximately 3km turn right and head onto the Meelick Road. On reaching Meelick Church, they will veer right and after approximately 6km arrive at a T junction at the gates of Oldcastle where they will turn left. They will proceed up this road along the banks of famous River Moy. At the 10km mark they will arrive at a T-junction located at Laughtadurkan, Bohola. There they will proceed straight and travel over the bridge at on the Gweeston. On crossing the bridge they will veer left and head for the N5 where they will turn left again. At this point they will have approximately 8km to run on the N5 and at the Kiltimagh junction, turn left and race to the finish line at Transition 2. There is no doubt that the stretch of the run based on the N5 will be the most difficult part but there will be plenty of refreshments on the route.
Sprint Triathlon/relay Run Route Map
This is a 5km run and will commence at Transition 2 and travel out the Old Castlebar Road. After approximately 2km runners will be directed to take a left turn and from there head to the N5 where they will proceed left. After a few hundred meters, the runners will be directed to turn left again at the Kiltimagh junction and race back to the finish at the Amenity Park