Barcelona Ironman 70.3
Seven of our club members made the trip to sunny Callela in Barcelona last weekend to take on the Ironman 70.3 event. Known for its beautiful location at the Costa del Maresme and its distinctive lighthouse landmark, Calella is renowned as a tourism and sport hotspot. The field of 2,500plus athletes enjoyed a one-loop swim in the Mediterranean Sea that started and finished on the beach of Calella. The 90 km bike headed inland on closed roads before returning to the transition area on the beach. The two-loop run brought athletes along the coast to a turnaround at Pineda.
Jason Black was the first 24/7member home in an impressive time of 05:38, Pauric Kelly was just behind in 05:39:53.
The ever-dominant Margaret Kelly stole the show, finishing second in her age category Margaret completed the 70.3 event in a very impressive 05:52.
Brendan Meenan performed well also finishing in 06:18. John Cannon, taking part in his 25th half ironman event finished in an excellent 8th place in his age category completing the course in 06:35. Paul McNulty crossed the line in 07.33 and Alicia Quigley had a very impressive debut 70.3 finishing in 07:35.
Congrats to everyone who competed and enjoy the sunshine and celebrations.

Post Primary Schools National Triathlon Championships
The National post primary school triathlon championships were held in Omagh on Sunday. Jonathan Martin put in an excellent performance finishing 2nd place in the Senior U19 Category. Other club junior members Kate Black and Eadaoin Kelly performed excellent in their respective age categories. There were also great performances from local athletes Shauna McFadden and Billy Black-Billy had a super performance and was crowned U14 champion. The future is certainly bright for 24/7 and we expect to see many more great performances from these young athletes in the season ahead.

National Cycling Ireland Youth Development Team
Last weekend , U14 Ciaran Mc Gettigan raced 3 times in Derbyshire, England as part of the National Cycling Ireland Youth Development Team.Ciaran rode very strongly finishing in 6th 8th and 9th places respectively. This Sunday Ciaran raced in the Emyvale GP ,finishing on the podium in 3rd place.

Gartan Half Marathon
Five Club members took part in the Half Marathon in Gartan on Sunday. Michael Logue was the first 24/7 member home on the hilly course in a time of 1.27. Colin Dean finished in a time of 01:32 with club charmain Nick not far behind in 01:35 and Damian McGoohan in 01:39. Amanda McNulty also had a great run and completed the tough course in 02:01.

5k Roundup
Last weeks speed session took the form of the annual 5K Interfirms race. This was the 40th year of running the event and as always produced some great times. Michael Logue was first club member home in 17:29 and was part of the Pramerica team who finished 2nd overall. Natasha Kelly was the first female member to cross the finish line in a time of 19:25. There was a great number from the club taking part and full results are listed below.

Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open water swimming@Gartan-6.30pm
Tuesday: Track session- 7.45pm
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Brick/TT session 7pm Sharp- this week is TT session starting at Foxhall at 7pm. This week’s marshals are: Siobhan Gallagher, John Daly and Garry Clarke
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Swim session- 6-7pm (please note prepayment does not cover the cost of Saturday sessions.

Full Results
Barcelona Ironman 70.3
Jason Black 05:38:08
Pauric Kelly 05:39:53
Margaret Kelly 05:52:09 2nd F45-49
Brendan Meenan 06:18:54
John Cannon 06:35:12
Paul McNulty 07:33:14
Alicia Quigley 07:35:23

Gartan Half Marathon
Michael Logue 1:27:02
Colin Dean 1:32:56
Nick Fowell 1:35:44
Damian McGoohan 1:39:20
Amanda McNulty 02:01:03

Inter Firms 5k
Michael Logue 17:29
Paul Cullen 18:31
John Daly 18:46
Martin Donnelly 18:58 PB
Natasha Kelly 19:25
Gavin Crawford 19:25
Adrian Callaghan 19:48
Fionnuala Larkin 21:17
Niamh McDaid 21:33
Cathal Roarty 22:10
Aidan McFadden 22:13
Niamh Gibbons 22:25
Catherine McKinley 22:25
Anne Robinson 23:51
Rachael Stilvern 23:54 PB
Amanda McNulty 24:10
Labhaoise Maguire 24:43
Sinead Trearty 26:12
Fiona Temple 27:31
Louise Alcorn 27:39
Denise McBride 27:47