All roads lead to Gartan this Saturday!

All roads are leading to Gartan Lake this Saturday July 1st for the 2017 Letterkenny 247 Triathlon races sponsored by Gartan Outdoor Centre and Arena 7.

Just under 200 triathletes from all over Ireland are set to take part in the 7th running of this event. Triathlon is a sport that has grown considerably in popularity in recent years, and is one of the most inclusive sports out there, with some taking part to compete while others take part to just complete.
The Olympic race will be the first off with the competitors in the water at 10am. They will complete a 1500-meter swim, then onto the bike for a 40km cycle followed by a 10km run.
The Sprint race will start at 10.30am with a 750-meter swim, 20km cycle and then a 5km run.
Competitors will be starting to register from 6.00pm on Friday night and again from 7.45am on Saturday morning. There may be slight traffic delays in and around the Churchill and Gartan area and in as far as O Donnell Park round-about in Letterkenny, but all major junctions will be covered by marshals and Gardaí.
Below you will see the expected times:
10.00am First Competitors into the water
10.25am First bikes on road from Gartan to O Donnell Park Roundabout in Letterkenny
11.00am Bikes on road from Letterkenny to Glendowan via Tullinascreen
11.10am First runners on road from Gartan to Glebe Gallery
11.30am First runners on road from Gartan to Lossett and back via Carrowtrasna
All competitor should be off the roads by 2pm

Entries are limited so register today to ensure your place. Closing date for entries is midnight this Wednesday 28th June.
Full information can be found on

Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Cycle
What can be said about this amazing event. -A mammoth 555km around the hills of Donegal. Conditions were extremely tough on the day with no place to hide from the wind. 24/7 was 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 where to be found on one of the many climbs shouting on words of encouragement.
Congratulations to our very own Aidan Callaghan who finished 2nd place in the solo category in an amazing time of 19:39:43.
Michael Russell also took on the solo challenge finishing in 24:53:21.
Peter O’Donnell was part of a two man team, Communicare, that finished in 3rd place in that category. Team Triquads- Emma McGee, Catherine Regan, Lisa Dalton and Triona McMenamin, were the first all ladies team to take on the Ultra cycle and had a very impressive time of 19:42:12 and so can take the bragging rights of being the first 24/7 team to finish also.
Just 15 mins separated them from Team 3PK- Paul Dillon, Paddy McNulty, Patrick Patton and Killian Nulty. Letterkenny 247 Masters team of Fin Begley, Cathal Roarty, Jarlath Duffy and John Connaghan finished just over the 20hour mark in 20:12:44. Club members Michael Black and Hugo Daly were part of the Daly Brothers team who finished in 20:14:02.
Team Donaghy Motorhomes- Anne Robinson, Liam Tinney, Martin Donnelly and Pat Brady finished in 20:20:12. Phillip and Stephen Robinson along with their older brother Boyd completed the 555km in a time of 20:47. Fionnuala Larkin and Shaun Mc Devitt were part of the 8 person team Hughies crew, Sheral Hetherington was part of the Donegal Oil 8 team and Clara Quigley in the Your Pace or Mine team. Full race results below.
There was great banter and comradery over the course of the day between the teams on the road and there is sure to be even more entrants for 2018 to take on and perhaps beat the times achieved in this year’s race! Congratulations to all club members who took completed the event, an amazing achievement for one and all.

Gaelforce West
Ailbhe Dunne took on the grueling 64km challenge of Gaelforce West at the weekend. Ailbhe finished the course which included running, cycling, kayaking and a climb of Croagh Patrick in a time of 7hours 12minutes.

The Channel Cup Swim
Karen Crawford was 2nd place in the 1500m channel cup swim. Her time of 14:58 was 1.30minutes faster than her time in last year’s event.

5k/10k Roundup
Desiree Casburn ran an excellent PB of 48:01 in Dunshaughlin’s 10k over the weekend. Shane McNulty ran 34:38 in the Aghyaran 10k. Paul Doherty, Pol Mac Ghiolla Bhride and Conor Faul all took part in Glenswilly’s 5k on Tuesday night, full results below.

Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open water swimming@Gartan-6.30pm
Tuesday: Instead of a track session this weeks session is the Termon 5k
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Brick/TT session 7.00pm- this week is a Brick session starting at Foxhall at 7pm sharp
– Marshal this week is Niamh McDaid
Saturday: All roads lead to Gartan for our annual Gartan Sprint and Standard Triathlons
Saturday: Swim session- 6-7pm (please note prepayment does not cover the cost of Saturday sessions.

Full Results
Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Cycle
Aidan Callaghan 19:39:43
Michael Russell 24:53:21
Two Person Teams
Team Communicare 18:56:40
Four Person Teams
Team triquads 19:42:12
3PK 19:57:21
Letterkenny 247 Masters 20:12:44
Team Daly 20:14:02
Team 555 20:16:04
Team Donaghy Motorhomes 20:20:12
The Robinson Brothers 20:47:11
Eight Person Teams
Your pace or Mine 21:07:34
Team Donegal 8 21:39:23
Hughies Crew 22:38:26

Gaelforce West
Ailbhe Dunne 7:12

Dunshaughlin 10k
Desiree Casburn 48:01 PB

Aghyaran 10k
Shane McNulty 34:48

Glenswilly 5k
Paul Doherty 17:35
Pol Mac Ghiolla Bhride 19:40
Conor Faul 23:30