AIDAN WINS IRONMAN DUN LAOGHAIRE 70.3, QUADRATHON SUCCESS FOR PADDY, NATASHA 2ND IN SALMON RUN AND 24/7 PB’S GALORE AT DONEGAL HALF MARATHONS!

Submitted by Fiona McDaid

Ironman Dun Laoghaire 70.3
Three 24/7 members made their way to Dun Laoghaire for the Ironman 70.3 on Sunday. In testing weather conditions competitors undertook a 1.9km swim from Sandycove, home to the famous Martello Tower, in the waters of Dublin Bay, before taking on a spectacular yet challenging 90km bike course. The course travelled through some of the most scenic areas in the region, including County Wicklow, home to the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Athletes then took on the half marathon run through the streets of the charming seaside town, before finishing with Dún Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay as the backdrop.
What a performance from our very own Aidan Callaghan! Aidan was first age grouper with a superb finish time of 4:33. Indeed Aidan even managed to beat the finish times of some of the pros on the day, finishing a fantastic 7th overall. Aidan got off to the perfect start with a 28:54 swim, 7th out of the water. He put in a big performance on the bike also with just under a 35km average per hour over the testing 90km bike course. He finished with an excellent 1:22 half marathon to be crowned first age grouper- almost 7minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Aidan now qualifies for the World Championships which will be held in Nice in September 2019 but before that he takes on Ironman Barcelona in October.
Colin Dean also put in a very strong performance. Colin finished with a super time of 5:55:54, a very impressive 1:37 half marathon off the bike from Colin. Siobhan Gallagher was back in racing action yet again, this time the 70.3 distance. Siobhan had a brilliant performance with an overall finish time of 5:56:05, 4th in the F25-29 age category. Siobhan was 2nd female to exit the swim with a brilliant time of 30:12 and she finished strongly with a 1:55:12 run to claim 4th F25-29.

Salmon Run Triathlon
Natasha Kelly travelled to Ballina for the Salmon Run Triathlon hosted by the Liquid Motion Tri Club. Natasha had a superb performance finishing 2nd female overall in a brilliant time of 1:10:48. A super swim of 9:32 and a very strong 19:47 5k to finish for Natasha. Possibly 24/7’s most travelled member, Paul Kelly was yet again back in action over the weekend in Ballina. Paul is putting in some great performances all season. Paul finished in a brilliant 1:25:15.

Extreme North Quadrathon Quest Half Marathon Challenge
Paddy McNulty for the second year in a row took on the Extreme North Quadrathon Quest Half Marathon Challenge. Based in Inishowen and the surrounding villages the 4 day challenge involved 4 very hilly half marathon races, the mammoth Mamore Gap being part of the course in one of those days! Paddy had brilliant performances on all days. Day 1 he finished with in 1:47:42, day 2 in 2:05:48, day 3 in 2:00:37 but saved his best performance for the last day with a 1:42:32 finish time. What an achievement, well done Paddy.

Donegal Half Marathon
24/7 was well represented at Letterkenny AC’s Donegal Half marathon with 17 members competing and all with brilliant performances.  Gavin Crawford was first 24/7 member to finish and 3rd overall in a superb 1:17:34- a brilliant performance from Gavin ahead of his main aim of Dublin Marathon in October.  Paul Dillon was also in super form, putting in a huge performance and finishing with a PB of 1:27:52. Jason King raced well also, with a brilliant 2nd in his Age Category crossing the finish line in 1:28:50. Another two in scintillating form ahead of their marathon debuts are Liam Tinney and Pat Brady. As always, not much separated these two on race day- Tinney finished with a PB time of 1:29:13 just 4 seconds ahead of Pat Brady who picked up the prize for 1st in his age category with a brilliant PB of 1:29:17. John Daly had another fine performance finishing in 1:35:45. Conor McLaughlin looked very strong finishing in 1:36:48. Mark Rogers also raced well, finishing in a super time of 1:38:12. Fionnuala Larkin was the first 24/7 lady to finish. Yet again Fionnuala had another fine performance with a 1:41:40 PB. Aidan McFadden is running very well these days, Aidan had a PB only a few weeks back in the Danny McDaid 15k and he had a very good run on Sunday also to finish with a 1:43:10 PB. Johnny Duffy was just three seconds behind Aidan with a brilliant 1:43:13. Desiree Casburn was hot on the heels of the two boys, with a super PB run of 1:43:14. Anne Robinson looked comfortable throughout on Sunday finishing strongly with a 1:46:11 PB. Martina McDaid ran very well crossing the line in 1:50:04, a PB for Martina also. These three ladies are all Dublin Marathon bound also and going by Sunday’s performances; they are really taking to the longer miles-great times await them in October no doubt! Mickey Russell also ran well finishing in a brilliant 1:52:57. Keith Gordon was back in racing action with a brilliant 1:56:21 finish. Paddy Doherty also had a super run with a PB time of 1:58:14. Well done everyone- brilliant results for 24/7.

Manor 5k
Ryan Browne was in action at the Manor 5k last Tuesday. Ryan finished in a time of 25:34 with his Dad Philip keeping him company to finish in25:35.

Saturday Swim Sessions
Saturday swim sessions will resume on Saturday 15th September.

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 COMPULSORY and anyone who is not a confident swimmer is urged to use a swim buoy.

 Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open Water swim sessions Gartan @ 6.30pm
Tuesday:  Road based session 6.30pm SHARP from Foxhall until further notice
Wednesday: Swim session- Beginners 7-8pm, All others 8-9pm
Thursday:  TT session 7pm sharp@Foxhall – Marshals: Niamh McDaid, Emmet McClafferty, Martina O’Donnell
Saturday: Club cycle from Aura at 8am
Saturday:  Due to decreasing numbers Sat swim sessions have been cancelled for the summer months. PLEASE NOTE: Sessions will resume Saturday 15th September

Full Results
Dun Laoghaire Ironman 70.3
Aidan Callaghan                                4:33 1st Age grouper, 7thoverall
Colin Dean                                          5:55:54
Siobhan Gallagher                            5:56:05 4th F25-29

Salmon Run Triathlon
Natasha Kelly                                     1:10:48 2nd Female
Paul Kelly                                             1:25:15

Extreme North Quadrathon Quest Half Marathon Challenge
Paddy McNulty
Day 1: 1:47:42
Day 2: 2:05:48
Day 3: 2:00:37
Day 4: 1:42:32

Donegal Half Marathon
Gavin Crawford                                 1:17:34 3rd
Paul Dillon                                           1:27:52 PB
Jason King                                           1:28:50  2nd in Age Cat
Liam Tinney                                        1:29:13 PB
Pat Brady                                             1:29:17 PB 1st in Age Cat
John Daly                                             1:35:45
Conor McLaughlin                            1:36:48
Mark Rogers                                      1:38:12
Fionnuala Larkin                               1:41:40 PB
Aidan McFadden                              1:43:10 PB
Johnny Duffy                                     1:43:13
Desiree Casburn                               1:43:14 PB
Anne Robinson                                 1:46:11 PB
Martina McDaid                                1:50:04 PB
Mickey Russell                                   1:52:57
Keith Gordon                                     1:56:21
Paddy Doherty                                  1:58:14 PB

Manor 5k
Ryan Browne                                     25:34
Philip Browne                                    25:35