Barn Runners’ Tony puts in a Titanic performance in Belfast

As Belfast welcomed the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) local ‘Barn Runner’ Tony Fitzpatrick was proud to participate in the recent Belfast Titanic Triathlon.

Tony Fitzpatrick taking part in the Titanic Triathlon.

Tony is an avid sportsman. He plays Water Polo for Clonard, which covers his swimming training and also cycles seven miles a day to his work at Stranmillis College.

He joined the newly-formed Barn Runners in a bid to improve his running - a discipline he described as his weakest link.

“I always like to try and take part in a couple of triathlons during the summer to keep fitness levels up for water polo.

“I entered the Titanic last year and was very impressed with the organisation and course, so I made sure to enter it again this year, with the bonus that it was also a WPFG event.

“The weather this year was warmer and less windy, which I found to be a great advantage and also reflected in my faster times.

“I play water polo for Clonard so that is my swimming training covered. My biggest weakness was my running and earlier this year I joined Barn Runners in Carrickfergus. It’s a great club and has helped me increase my distance and improve my times.

“Over 200 competitors of the WFPG have stayed at Stranmillis and I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of guys who also competed at the Titanic on Sunday.”

Barn Runners meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm outside Barn United Football Club in Carrickfergus. The club is suitable not only for improvers like Tony, but also for complete beginners. For more information on Barn Runners please contact Alan Rinchey on 07748 808514.