Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Cycle
What can be said about this amazing event. -A mammoth 555km around the hills of Donegal taking in some of the best scenery in Ireland. Favourable weather conditions meant there was some unreal record breaking times in 2018. 24/7 was very well represented in all categories of the race and those who were not competing were part of the support teams for their fellow club members or were to be found on one of the many climbs shouting on words of encouragement. Eugene McGettigan took on the event in the solo category. He finished in a fantastic time of 23:55:55. It is a huge undertaking for one person to complete this grueling event and due to sickness Eugene was unable to complete the event last year, making this even more special. Anyone who met him along the route will know how much this mean to him, with him smiling through the pain of the huge climbs. Well done Eugene on such an amazing achievement. In the Two Persons team category, 24/7 had two teams. The Viscous & Delicous team made up of club member Colm Corcoran and his business partner Mark Smith finished in a super time of 20:51:55. Martin Donnelly and Cathal Roarty combined to take part, finishing in a brilliant time of 22:02:43.
In the extremely competitive Four Persons team category Matthew McKinley was part of TEAM AAA, winners of the category smashing the existing record with an incredible time of 17:02:57. Jason King was part of the Crank Addicts team who also finished in a super time of 17:26:44. Enda Carr was part of the Mid Life Cyclists team which completed the event in 19:37:02. Graham Parker was part of the Pramerica’s Pedal Pushers team which finished in 20:03:55. It was a family affair in The B Team- Mickey Russell, Shaun McDevitt, Fionnuala Larkin and Fionnuala’s husband David completing the event in a brilliant 20:20:59. Alaistair Hetherington and Philip Browne were part of the Donegal Knights team who finished in 20:45:05. In the eight Persons team category Siobhan Coyle was part of the all-female Old Glen Peddlers team finishing in a brilliant 21:49:08. Lourde Walsh was part of the Donegal Oil ladies team who completed the 555km in a brilliant 24:06:15.
Well done to club member Gavin Harris who was part of the successful Donegal Oil team who conquered RAAM. An amazing achievement for everyone involved.
Coast Rosslare Strand Pikeman Triathlon
John Connaghan competed in the Pikeman standard distance triathlon held in Wexford over the weekend. John had a brilliant race finishing in a super 2:16:00 winning the M55-59 category.
Warrior of the Sea, Rosses Point to Strandhill
Three 24/7 members took on the 6k Warrior of the sea Rosses Point to Strandhill swim at the weekend. Patrick Patton was the first club member to complete the daunting 6k in a superb time of 1:47:59. Karen Crawford also had a brilliant time of 1:56:36 and Paddy Bond completed the event in 2:11:15. Well done to everyone on what was a tough swim, with the final 400m proving particularly challenging for everyone with even kayaks capsizing!
Well done to club members who took on the popular Glenswilly 5k last Tuesday. Sean McFadden was the first club member to cross the line in 17:41. Brian Gormley had another fine race finishing in 20:17. Desiree Casburn had a superb PB time of 21:36 on her (adopted) home turf. Aidan McFadden, as consistent as always finished with a brilliant time of 21:54. Rachael Stilvern had another great time of 23:46, her prep for this weekend’s Sheephaven Half going very well. Fiona Temple had a great race finishing in 27:13.
Quarterly Swim Payment
The next quarterly swim payment for those that pre-pay is due on 1st July.
Swimming at Downings
For anyone that is swimming at Downings- there is NO swim entry at the pier. You must enter the water by the beach only. There are buoys out and the pier area is a no swimming zone.
Kayak Volunteers for Monday swim sessions
If any club members are available for Kayak cover over the next few weeks please contact Anne Robinson. Having extra water safety allows all swimmers to gain some valuable open water experience.
Gartan Open Water Swimming
Gartan open water swimming sessions take place each Monday @ 6.30pm. All members are reminded that swimming in the lake on a Monday night is from 6.30pm and you must exit the water no later than 7.30.pm. All members must sign in and out of the water. This year there will be a designated swim course set up by Gartan Outdoor and this will be the only area members will be allowed to swim in. We will have kayak cover in the water and a marshal on the shore. Wetsuits, and bright swim caps are COMPULSARY and anyone who is not a confident swimmer is urged to use a swim buoy.
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open Water swim sessions Gartan @ 6.30pm Next swim series date is Monday 2nd July
Tuesday: Road based session 6.30pm from Aura
Wednesday: Swim session- Beginners 7-8pm, All others 8-9pm
Thursday: TT session 7pm sharp@Foxhall
Lead Marshal: Keith Gordon, Labhaoise Maguire, Ita McGettigan
Saturday: Club cycle from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Due to decreasing numbers Sat swim sessions have been cancelled for the Summer months. We hope to resume the session in early September
Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Cycle 2018
Eugene McGettigan 23:55:35 12th
Two Persons team
Viscous & Delicous- Colm Corcoran 20:51:55
Donnelly& Roarty- Martin Donnelly, Cathal Roarty 22:02:43
Four Persons team
Team AAA- Matthew McKinley 17:02:57 1st
Crank Addicts- Jason King 17:26:44
Mid Life Cyclists- Enda Carr 19:37:02
Pramerica’s Pedal Pushers- Graham Parker 20:03:55
The B Team- Mickey Russell, Shaun McDevitt, Fionnuala Larkin 20:20:59
Donegal Knights- Alaistair Hetherington, Philip Browne 20:45:05
Eight Persons team
Old Glen Peddlers- Siobhan Coyle 21:49:00
Donegal Oil- Lourde Walsh 24:06:15
Coast Rosslare Strand Pikeman Triathlon
John Connaghan 2:16:00 1st M55-59
Warrior of the Sea-Rosses Point to Strandhill 6k swim
Patrick Patton 1:47:59
Karen Crawford 1:56:36
Paddy Bond 2:11:15
Sean McFadden 17:41
Brian Gormley 20:17
Desiree Casburn 21:36 PB
Aidan McFadden 21:54
Rachael Stilvern 23:46
Fiona Temple 27:13