Updated 7th August 2017

I’ve updated the list to include athletes who qualified at Ironman Maastricht in August, IMUK, Austria and Santa Rosa in July. With only a month to go time is running out for anyone who’s looking to take a Kona slot. Click on through to check out the latest Irish additions to the Kona start list.

If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.

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Cillian “The Moff” Moffat:

Club / team: Wheelworx

Age group. 20-24

Number of Kona appearances: First time qualifier

Cillian took home his third Ironman trophy of the year while at the same time taking a Kona slot in Ironman Wales. Cillian races for our very own team at Wheelworx and is the first of our lads to qualify. We had two athletes in Kona this year (2016) and are aiming to increase that number for ’17.

Related: Kona qualification secrets

Oliver Harkin

Club / Team Head honcho at Primed Coaching

Age group 40-44

Number of previous Kona appearances: First time qualifier

Oliver qualified with a real “triathletes race” strong in all three legs and finishing with a very impressive run at the ultra hard Ironman Wales earlier this year. He also took home an Mdot trophy for his efforts with a podium and 2nd in the age group.

Declan Doyle

Team / club: Team Freespeed

Age group: 40-44

Number of previous Kona appearances: 7

Despite the challenges presented by the addition of a little peep to the Doyle/Critchley household Declan once again ran roughshod over all comers in Ironman Weymouth taking the top step on the podium and the big Mdot trophy for the age group. There must be a room just for these at this stage, and yet another Kona slot. Heading out for his 8th appearance on the big island Dec is one of those super exciting go till you blow racers either killing all around him or he will die tying.

Related: Kona qualification secrets

John Woods

Club /team –

Age group 40-44

Number of  previous Kona appearances: 1

John qualified in one of the new 70.3 races in China earlier this year securing his slot almost a year ahead of Kona which will allow a nice relaxed start to the year and a very Kona focused build.


Alan Kenny

Club /team 3D Tri, Dublin.

Age group 35-39

Number of previous Kona appearances: First time qualifier
Alan has the painful honour of missing out on a Kona slot by only 7 seconds in Ironman Mallorca in 2015 so taking a podium and running a sub 3 marathon there against a very stacked field this year should lay those demons to rest. He’s also the recipient of the most questionable shorts worn on an Ironman podium award. Time to update the wardrobe Alan.


Andy Kinanne

Club /team 3d Tri, Dublin

Age group: 35-39

Number of previous Kona appearances: First time qualifier

Andy hails from the same club as Alan Kenny and is also possessed of a weapon of a run. There’s either something in the water or their run coach knows something the rest don’t (having worked with him for a year I can let you in on a secret, he does) Andy took his slot while claiming to not even trying to qualify in another heavily stacked race, Ironman Barcelona.

Related: Kona qualification secrets

Ruaidhri Gerraghty

Club /team Galway Tri club

Age group: 40-44

Number of previous Kona appearances: First time qualifier

Ruaidhri another triathlete with a fast run also took his slot in Barcelona with the holy grail of Ironman, a sub 9 leaving him the luxury of a full year to prepare for his assault on the big island.


Patrick Muckian

Club /team

Age group: 35-39

Number of previous Kona appearances: First time qualifier

I met Patrick earlier this year at Ironman UK where he was getting very close to the Kona slots. He brought the family out to Malaysia and not only scooped his place at the Ironman world championships but also took home an Mdot trophy in the process.

Owen Martin

Club / team: Wheelworx-Asea

Age group. 40-44

Number of Kona appearances: Seven previous appearances.

Owen Martin became an eight time Kona qualifier at Ironman Arizona which is at this stage his regular post Kona and qualifying race for the following season. In a funny result both Owen and Ivan the other Irish qualifier finished only 16 seconds apart. Owen races for our own Asea-Wheelworx team and clocked off a 9:02:16 taking 43rd overall and 3rd in the age group.


Ivan O Gorman
Club Team: Retul
Age group: 35-39
Previous Kona appearances: 6
In the process of qualifying for the seventh time Ivan took another Ironman podium with a second place in his age group and was 41st overall including the pro’s. Ivan lives and works in Boulder. He’s one of the best Retul fitters in the world and can run like you wouldn’t believe. I think his marathon pb in Kona in 40 degree heat is somewhere close to 2 hour 52 minutes


Patrick Muckian who qualified in Ironman Malaysia contacted me to let me know that Colin O Shea also took a slot at the same race finishing 5th in his age group. Colin is a tri coach living and currently lives in Singapore.

Aileen Flynn

Qualified at Ironman South Africa 2017
Age group: 40-44
Previous Kona appearances: 1

After exiting the water in 7th in the age group with a 1:09:12 swim Aileen held almost 33kph average on the bike moving up to 6th. Starting the run, where she has excelled in the past, Aileen ran her way all the way to the front of the age group and in the end won with a massive 15 minutes to spare over 2nd place.

Kevin Gilleece

Club / Team 3D Triathlon Dublin

Age group 35-39

Number of previous Kona appearances: Second time qualifier

This is Kevin’s second time qualifying for the Ironman World Championships but despite taking his slot and travelling to Kona last time this will actually be his first time to toe the line. Kevin had an accident in the run up to his first Kona appearance and couldn’t actually start.

Kevin Gilleece on right, Rob Cummins on left

Kevin Gilleece on right, Rob Cummins on left

Ger Kelly of Wexford raced Ironman UK in the 55-59 age group and exited the water in second in her age group. She then went onto ride an age group fastest bike split and the third fastest run split in her division. Ger not only qualified for Kona but took the top step of the podium in her age group. I believe she declined her slot so wont race in Kona this year.

I’m waiting on a picture of Ger.

Emmet Kelly also took a Kona slot at Ironman UK with second in his age group and an incredible 10th overall including the pros. It’s unfortunate for Emmet that the fastest age grouper of the day, Brian Fogarty, just happened to place 4th overall as well as winning the age group race.

Emmet got out of the water in  72nd overall and 15th in his age group. He then went onto ride the 5th fastest time in his age group and ran an unbelievable 2:54:55 marathon on what is one of the hardest (not to mention accurate) Ironman run courses I’ve done.

This will be Emmet’s first appearance in October in Kona.

Michael Mc Carron despite racing in the same age group as Emmet had a very different experience of race day. He exited the water in 8th in his age group with a 59:34 swim.

On the bike he rode a very solid 5:25:56 which was the 3rd best bike split in the age group. He then went on to do a really solid 3:14:49 which on the IMUK course is a great run.

Michael finished 4th in one of the most competitive age groups of the day and took what I believe is his first Kona slot.

Adrian Garvey racing in the first Ironman Santa Rosa took a podium place and his first Kona slot in the last weekend of July.

Adrian is coached by multiple Kona qualifier Owen Martin. Owen was one of the first Irish athletes to qualify for this years World Championships at Ironman Arizona last year.

Adrian exited the water in 1:18:18 in 72nd place in his age group leaving himself a lot of work to do on the bike and run. On the bike he rode 5:09:36 for the 5th fastest in his age group. Adrian then ran a solid 3:28:28 moving up to 2nd in his 45-49 division and into 34th overall.

This was only his third crack at the distance and made it onto the podium as well as taking his first Kona slot.

Thanks to Peter Tomany for sending through Adrian’s details and result.

Michael Carroll qualified at Ironman Maastricht racing in the 65-69 age group. Michael exited the water with more than a 30 minute deficit but went on to post a division fastest bike split of 5:53 on what is a tough bike course. The bike route takes in a lot of the Amstel Gold professional bike race including some of the more famous climbs.

Michael then went on to run an age group fastest marathon split with a 4:32:24

I’m not connected to Michael on the Facebook or Twitter so don’t have a picture of him to add to his profile so if you know him maybe put him in touch with me at info@wheelworx.ie or if you’re reading yourself Michael drop me a mail.

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If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.


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