Overall, found it to be fantastic. Yes the weather was crap that day but it was really an anomaly to be that bad. The swim location looked absolutely fantastic and I swam there on the Friday evening, clear waters, really not too cold at all.
The cycle is probably the hardest part, with lots of ups and downs and not the greatest rolling surface but definitely scenic and a good challenge. If you can reccie the route in advance it helps.
The run was up there with the best marathon I have ever ran from a support perspective. I’ve done Dublin and New York etc and found the support in Youghal on a different level. It was much more than just clapping, it was screaming, roaring and willing you to keep running at all costs. Tiny kids out in the rain giving high fives. Outside one pub was a group of 20+ lads going mental singing songs. On the last lap, one old guy who turns out to be the local lollipop man, was on the road shaking people’s hand as they passed, said thanks and congratulations. And everyone stayed out ALL DAY despite the weather. Honestly, could not even begin to imagine the atmosphere had the weather been good.