IWS Sport Pool Rescue Championships 2018

Congratulations to our swim coaches Lisa Dalton and Paddy Bond  on winning silverware at the National Lifesaving championships held in UL at the weekend.

Lisa won Silver in the50m Manikin carry – this involved a 25m freestyle swim and a dive to recover a submerged 60kg manikin to the surface within 5m of the pick-up line, before carrying the manikin to the edge of the pool. She also won Bronze in the100m obstacle swim which involved a 100m freestyle swim during which she had to swim under 4 immersed obstacles.

Paddy won Gold in the Manikin tow with fins, Gold in the 100m manikin carry with fins and he also won Silver in the 100m obstacle swim. Well done coaches!

Swim Training- Trial change

As you are all aware the club swim sessions have become increasingly busier over the last 2 years. In an effort to help the below trial changes will come into effect this week: (Times from TT are attached)

Wednesday Swim sessions:

7-8pm                   Beginners session

8-9pm                   All others

Saturday swim Sessions:

2 Adult Lanes/1 14-16year old lane

There will be 2 adult swim lanes but in an effort to accommodate 14-16 year old club members there will be an additional 1lane on a Saturday for this age group. 14-16year old’s MUST be accompanied by a guardian during the full session and in the changing areas. If parents wish to they can take part in the Adult swim lanes.

“Be Bright – Be Seen

Letterkenny 247 Triathlon club have a policy of “Be Bright – Be Seen” for all training events.

You must have a front white light and rear red light (preferably flashing) fitted to your bike at all times and also be wearing bright or reflective coloured clothing.

You must be wearing a hi-viz top on all club runs.  Hi-viz means reflective.  The club provide these free of charge to all club members so please contact Elaine Gallagher if you have not yet received your hi-viz vest.

Marshals required!
We still require marshals for our upcoming Duathlon and Children’s Fun Duathlon Festival, anyone available to help who has not already expressed their interest please let Clara/Martin or any committee member know.

Children’s Fun Duathlon Festival
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 200m 400m 200m
10 – 11 – 12 400m 800m 400m
12 – 13 – 14 1000m 1350m 400m
14 – 15 – 16 1500m 2500m 1000m


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.

Club Membership 2018

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

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- Beginners 7-8pm, All others 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 Additional lane added for 14-16yr old club members- MUST be accompanied by a parent (please note prepayment does not cover Saturday sessions)