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Ireman 226 Challenge


The entry fee for Half Ireman has increased from previous years but still offers great value at £70.3. Just a single pound for each mile covered.

The Ireman 226 Challenge will cost the princely sum of £140.00.

Even better value for those paying in Euro.


Few coastal villages can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage. This year we will raise the pulse and add something else to its list of attractions.

Situated in the borough of North Down, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough it is within easy reach of Belfast and the wider travel network.

With excellent road connections, the nearest airport is just 14 miles away and Bangor train station is only 2.5 miles away.

For further information and detailed directions visit www.northdowntourism.com

This section will be updated in more detail over the coming weeks, but essentially we’ll be using the same course as previous years. The 226 Challenge will do double swim and bike laps while the run will do an extended section on flat tarmac.

Swim – 1.9k or 3.8k
Two lap for Half Ireman and four laps for the 226 Challenge, anti-clockwise, triangular sea swim with athletes exiting the water for a short beach run between laps. Just five metres from beach to transition.

Bike – 90k or 180k
A fast three/six lap course with no major climbs. Mainly rural, with excellent road surfaces for the vast majority of the loop. Skirts Bangor and then takes in the villages of Carrowdore, Millisle and Donaghadee. Returns past the village of Groomsport at the end of each lap. Aid station every 30k.

Run – 21k or 42k
Figure of eight, two lap run course beginning on road, then going off road, then coastal path, then beach, then past transition, then coastal path, then beach etc etc. then transition again to finish first lap. Multi terrain with superb coastal vistas and crowd support just when you need it. The 226 Challenge course has extended road sections on each lap to make up the distance.

In the true spirit of triathlon – there are no cash prizes awarded at Ireman. They believe that all athletes are competing against the clock, the course and the elements. Each competitor has their own personal goals and ambitions.

All finishers will receive a specially commissioned medal and age group winners are awarded an additional momento. Overall male and female winners are also acknowledged.

Registration and bike racking will take place on Saturday 29th August. This will stay open until at least 7:00pm. It will not be possible to register or rack bikes on race day.