The pinnacle of long distance triathlons is the World championship held every October in Hawaii.
To qualify for this event you have to qualify by placing   wel l  in a qualifying event. To do this is a great achievement,  but  to  do it in your first Iron man event is almost unprecedented.
Aidan Callaghan in his first year going long finished twentieth overall  in the Iron Man event held in Bolton at the weekend in a time of 9.53.58. he was racing along with ten professionals and because of his high placing has qualified for Kona. His splits were as follows
3.8 k swim 51.54
180k cycle  5.30.41
42 k run 3.21.03
He finished strong passing  professional athletes on the run after a very strong swim and cycle.
On a separate note Bryan Mc Crystal who warmed up by winning the Gartan Olympic Triathlon recently was fifth overall after the best cycle of all the competitors and is also Kona bound.
In other events the national sprint championships were held in Longford and there were good performances from Siobhan Gallagher, Triona McMenamin, Eugene McGettigan , John Conaghan in the main sprint event   and  Brian Sweeney in the Swim bike event. It was a family occasion for Triona as four  sisters raced on the day with two podium finishes between the four of them.  On the five k scene there were good performances from Jason King  in Liford , Danny Mooney, Gavin Crawford and Lisa Dalton in Churchill.
Danny Mooney had a busy week finishing third overall in the Pulse Aquathlon in Dublin On Wednesday and winning the Churchill 5 k on Friday. Niamh Mc Daid also raced well in Dublin finishing fifth Woman.
On the adventure race front there were also strong performances from Mark Hunter, Billy Black, Sharon Black, Evelyn O Kane, Karl Sweeny, Philip Robinson , Raj Mehan and Terence Quinn.
In the six k swim in Mullaghmore in Sligo Jason Black , Karen Crawford, Paddy Bond and Fergus Callaghan all swam well in difficult conditions.
Next up is the sprint triathlon in Ballyshannon for The MSC tri club event.
Please note the quarterly swim fee for July to the end of September is now due for all participants.
Training continues as follows
Monday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pm (weather permitting)
Tuesday: Aura track – Track session  7.50 pm
Wednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pm
Thursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pm
Saturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 am
Sunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 am from Aura
Iron man Bolton
20th Aidan Callaghan 9.53.58
Twin Provinces sprint championship Longford Super series
37th Siobhan Gallagher 1.10.47
43rd Triona Mc Menamin 1.13.19
Twin Provinces sprint championship Longford age group
51st John Conaghan 1.08.17 (category winner)
150th Eugene Mc Gettigan 1.15.23
7th Brian Sweeney 51.54
Churchill 5 k
1st Danny Mooney  16.27
3rd Gavin Crawford 16.34
32nd Lisa Dalton 20.44
Lifford  5 k
28th Jason King 18.29
Lough Fern Adventure Face
7th Mark Hunter  1.29.11 (male 18-24 short race)
15th Billy Black 1.36.48( male 18-24 short race)
2nd Sharon Black 2.33.31(women 18-42 long race)
16th Karl Sweeney 2.17 (men 18-44 long race)
19th Philip Robinson(men 18-44 long race)
27th Raj Mehan 2.56.37 (men 18-44 long race)
6th Terence Quinn 2.30.43( men 45+ long race)
Warrior of the sea 6KM swim
37th Fergus Callaghan 1.36.43
40th Jason Black 1.48.58
56th Karen Crawford 1.53.28
119th Paddy Bond 2.11.18