Donegal Sports Star awards

Congratulations to Jonathan Martin who was the recipient of the Donegal sports star triathlon award on Friday night. A bright future lies ahead for this budding triathlete. Well done also to our club members Margaret Kelly and Kirsty McIlwaine on their well-deserved nominations.

Lifford AC 5k Series- Strabane 5k

Well done to Enda Carr who completed the Strabane 5km on Sunday morning in a great time of 22.17.

IISA Ireland 1k National Championships
Congratulations to our swim coach Paddy Bond on his 3rd place at the IISA Ireland 1k national championships held in sub 5degree temperatures at Wild Water Armagh on Saturday.  Paddy was 1st in his age category in a time of 16:44 beating his PB by 30seconds.

Children’s Fun Duathlon Festival
We are pleased to announce the date for our upcoming Children’s Duathlon event. This is the inaugural hosting of an event of this kind by our club and it will be run after the club’s hosting of the Standard Distance National championships and Junior Sprint Distance National Championship Duathlons on March 11th.

The aim of the children’s duathlon is to encourage young people to get active and take part in this ever-growing sport with the emphasis on FUN! The event will not be timed.

Join hundreds of children taking part in the 247 Letterkenny Children’s Duathlon where they will run, bike & run all within the O’Donnell Park GAA grounds. The course is spectator friendly for supporting family and friends and a fun and relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed.

There will be club appointed marshals on all sections of the course including the Cycle Transition areas to help all those taking part.

Event details:
Date:     Sunday 11th March 2018
Venue: O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.
Event Start:  2pm

Registration will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny on Saturday 10th March from 5pm to 7pm and on the day from 12-1.30pm.

Age Group (Guidance Only) Race Distances
Run Bike Run
8 – 9 – 10 200mtrs 400mtrs 200mtrs
10 – 11 – 12 400mtrs 800mtrs 400mtrs
12 – 13 – 14 1000mtrs 1350mtrs 400mtrs
14 – 15 – 16 1500mtrs 2500mtrs 1000mtrs


These are guideline age categories to allow for differing abilities. The emphasis is all about taking part in a FUN event and not a race!

Entry Fee €5 (Plus €3 One Day Licence for Non-Triathlon Ireland Members)

Entry is through the Triathlon Ireland website but remember you must also register on the Sat/Sun before the race.

Race Logistics:

Run 1 will be at the Start / Finish gantry on the grass at O’Donnell park.

Once they have completed Run 1 the children will get their bikes from the Cycle Transition. They must put on their helmet before moving their bike.

They will walk or run to the cycle mount line.

They can only get onto their bike once they have crossed the cycle mount line.

Once they have completed their allocated laps on the bike course, they go back to the cycle transition area.

The children must dismount their bikes before the dismount line

They must rack their bike before taking off their helmet.

Then complete their allocated laps on Run 2 before going down the finish line at the Finish Gantry.

For more details please check out the Event page on Facebook or the club website.

Important notice regarding Club training
With immediate effect, all club members taking part in club training must be 16 or over- i.e. born in 2001 or earlier. We are working to try and accommodate 14+ but this is currently not in place. We will update you all in due course.

Tuesday Run sessions will now start at 6.30pm and will be road based- Leaving Aura at 6.30pm. This is a trial change. Please ensure to wear your hi-viz- no hi- viz no session!

Club duathlon- Marshals required
We need participants and marshals for our event to be a success. We have 3 events to cater for on the one day. This will be the biggest event the club has held and we need all hands on deck from members to make it a huge success! Any club member not participating on the day will be asked to marshal if available.

We will have our standard distance national championship race as the main event starting at 9:30. We have a junior sprint distance national championship event for 16-19 year old’s at 9:45 and starting from 1pm we will have our kid’s duathlon festival catering for kids from 8-15 years. For the kids races we need to get as many marshals as possible Garda vetted and to complete a child safeguarding course. If we could get around 20 club members to complete these it would help significantly. Non- vetted marshals will most likely be buddied up with someone who is. But we encourage members to become Garda vetted and complete safe guarding courses where possible. Garda vetting forms will be on hand during all club training sessions over the next few weeks for anyone that wishes to become Garda vetted. We will also communicate any information we have about local safeguarding courses over the next few weeks.

Let’s take this opportunity to showcase our club and town and make this an event to remember!

Anyone wishing to marshal the club duathlon event please contact race director Clara Quigley.

Club Membership 2018
As you will be aware it is time to renew your 2018 membership.  This can be done by logging onto the Triathlon Website –  The cost of becoming a fully licensed Triathlon Ireland member is €65- along with this you also need to become a member of 24/7 Triathlon club which costs €40 for the year. Following a review of club membership prices the committee have decided to increase the cost of annual club membership for 2018. This increase – €10 for adult members and €5 for junior members- will cover the cost of track sessions and Gartan Summer sessions i.e. members will no longer have to pay €2 weekly for track sessions or the annual €10 cost for shower facilities at Monday Gartan swim sessions.  This will result not only a great saving for club members but also a saving in time and money management for the club committee.

You MUST be a club member to take part in any club training sessions for insurance purposes. Please ensure club membership is updated by 31st January, otherwise you will not be permitted to take part in club training sessions.

Below are the details and types of the Triathlon Ireland Membership.

Membership Type Club Member Non-Club Member
Race Licence €65 €75
U23 Race Licence €38 €44
Joint TI Race Licence & SI Special Membership €80 €94
U23 Joint TI Race Licence & SI Special Membership €43 €50
Training Licence €22 €25
Junior Licence €22 €25
Youth Licence €11 €13
Kid’s Licence €6 €7


Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Tuesday:  Road base session 6.30pm from Aura (trial change)- Hi-viz essential- no hi- viz no session!
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Long run leaves Aura 6.30pm-)- Hi-viz essential- no hi- viz no session!
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Club swim session Saturday at 6pm (please note prepayment does not cover Saturday sessions)


Full Results

Lifford AC 5k Series- Strabane 5k
Enda Carr               22.17

IISA Ireland 1k National Championships
Paddy Bond        16:44