The Echo is taking part in a triathlon media relay competing against both local radio stations, 96FM and RedFM as well as it’s sister paper and arch-rival the Irish Examiner.
Cork’s most beloved newspaper is setting its sights on conquering the world of swim, bike, run and taking the title of fittest media organisation back to the office.
Four teams of three will compete in the King of The Hill sprint triathlon held at Dock Beach in Kinsale on Saturday, July 27.
The race, which is organised by the Cork Triathlon Club is celebrating it’s 20th year this year.
The challenge consists of a 750m swim, 23km cycle and a hilly 5km run to the finish.
For The Echo, Finance and Operations manager Mikie Sheehan will take on the swim, Health and Education correspondent Darragh Bermingham is doing the cycle and News editor Ronan Bagnall is running the hilly 5km to the finish.
Over in the Irish Examiner, veteran swimmer Peter Walsh, aka ‘The Fish’ is jumping into the sea for a dip, while Assistant Production Editor Eoin O’Sullivan will be on the bike and Senior News Reporter Stephen Rogers will be racing against Ronan Bagnall on the run.
Stepping up to the plate in RedFM, Senior News Reporter & presenter of Samhlaigh and Ríra Fiona O'Donovan is swimming, RedFM CEO Diarmuid O'Leary is cycling and Programme Manager and Presenter of Dave Mac's Drive, Dave Mac, is running.
And last, but certainly not least, 96fm’s team consists of “star athlete” and sales representative Jude O’Callaghan who is competing in the swim, Newsreader and Presenter of the Arts House, Pearse McCarthy on the bike and Senior News Reporter Fiona Corcoran, the reluctant captain, doing the run.
Speaking to The Echo, Echo captain Darragh Bermingham said his team were quietly confident of doing well, but were most looking forward to earning bragging rights over their sister paper the Irish Examiner, although beating either radio station would also be nice.
“It would be nice to beat the Examiner because they’re the other newspaper in the race, but it’d also be good to get one over on 96FM and RedFM as we’re always competing for stories!” While there is a strong element of competition in relation to the event, 96fm captain Fiona Corcoran said her team were involved for the fun of it and while they were naturally a little nervous about the race they were looking forward to it and had their fingers crossed for good weather on the day!
“Good weather would be a bonus. Also hopefully Pearse doesn’t get a puncture, I don’t fall flat on my face and Jude doesn’t drown."
"A tasty cuppa at the finish line would be nice too!” RedFM captain Fiona O’Donovan also said the event was more of a social occasion than an out and out Anchorman war.
“I think it's a great way to challenge yourself and all the media teams have a WhatsApp group so we're all planning on going swimming together in advance. It’s a nice way to get to know people better.” Captain of the Irish Examiner Peter Walsh also concurred that it would be a good day out and a nice way to socialise with the other media teams.
The losing team is committing to donating their time to the Cork Penny Dinners, one of the city's favourite charities.
“I am most looking forward to socialising with the teams after the event, discussing what people thought about it. It is always nice to meet colleagues outside of the office.”
No doubt the race will be an interesting day out for all.
Anyone looking to register for the King of The Hill sprint triathlon at Dock Beach, Kinsale on Saturday, July 27, log onto Facebook and search ‘CTC King of the Hill’ for more information.