Another successful weekend for 24/7!

Belfast Titanic Triathlon
An army of 24/7 triathletes made their way to Belfast over the weekend for the Belfast Titanic Standard National Series and Sprint distance triathlons. Competitors made their way from the swim exit of the Lagan to the transition area situated in the iconic Custom House Square in the heart of the city, a perfect setting for supporters to cheer everyone on. Despite horrendous wet and windy conditions on the day, there were excellent performances from everyone that took part.
Aidan Callaghan was the first 24/7 member to cross the finish line. Aidan was 2nd to exit the water after a brilliant swim. Aidan finished 3rd overall in a time of 2:03:47. Hugh Gallagher was next in a time of 2:18:27. Paul Doherty finished in 2:21:05-It was geared up to be bigger than the Mc Gregor v Mayweather fight but the Saucy v Tinney showdown wasn’t to be. Just like Mayweather’s victory, Saucys win was a similar anti- climax as despite a great swim Liam Tinney was unfortunate to pick up a puncture on the bike course. Rumour has it there will be a rematch in 2018!
Donagh O’Sullivan was next to cross the line in the standard event finishing in 2:26:56.
Anne Robinson was the first 24/7 female to finish in a superb time of 2:38:20, picking up 3rd F35-39 capping off an excellent 2017 season. Bronagh O’Gara, just 2 weeks after her 70.3 debut, finished in an excellent 2:42:21. Patrick Mitchell was 2nd M60-64 finishing in 2:43:08, a perfect end to an excellent 2017 season. Patrick is currently 4th overall in the national series rankings in the M60-64 category.
Philip Browne had a superb standard distance debut finishing in an excellent 2:47:22. Fiona McDaid was 3rd F30-34 finishing in a time of 2:52:53 despite a disastrous T1! Pat Brady also made his standard distance debut. Pat finished in a super time of 2:53:22.
Rachael Stilvern finished in 3:07:50, despite feeling unwell after her swim, Rachael as always finished strongly with her 10k run.
Unfortunately, Clara Quigley was unable to complete the 10k run due to an ankle injury despite an excellent swim and cycle.

Belfast Titanic Triathlon- Sprint Distance
Paul Cullen made his comeback to triathlons after a six year break taking on the sprint distance in Belfast. Paul finished in a time of 1:24:25. Lester Speer was 2nd M55-59 in a time of 1:24:59.
Claire Nelis also had a superb race finishing 3rd in her the cF25-29 category in 1:37:41.

Special thanks to all our supporters who lined the streets of Belfast to cheer us on despite the horrible conditions.

Belfast Titanic Swim
Well done to Karen Crawford and Paddy Bond who took on the Belfast Titanic swim on Sunday. Karen completed the swim in 27:19 and Paddy in a time of 33:25.

Tri an Mhi
Well done to John Conaghan who competed in Tri an Mhi at the weekend. Unfortunately the event turned into a duathlon as the swim was cancelled due to algae. John finished 14th overall in a time of 1:08:48.

Lough Key Sprint Triathlon
24/7 was also represented at Sundays Lough Key triathlon. Jason King was first club member to cross the line in an excellent time of 1:20:40- Jason picking up 3rd place in the M45-49 category. Killian Nulty was next in a time of 1:21:20. Kilian’s wife Trish stole the show in the Nulty household however- Trish on her sprint triathlon debut picking up 3rd place in the F45-49 in a super time of 1:41:16.
Fiona Gibbons and Julie McBride also made their sprint debuts, finishing in 1:51:38 and
1:58:08 respectively- both ladies with very strong swims.
Congratulations to Trish, Fiona and Julie on their sprint triathlon debuts, an excellent achievement on their first season.

Waterside Half Marathon
Niall Mulrine made a comeback to running after a knee injury finishing Sundays half marathon in 1.46.50.
Stephen Sweeney also took on Sundays WHM as preparation for his upcoming Dublin marathon and finished in a super time of 1:49:43. Amanda McNulty, despite picking up an injury in the last few weeks finished in an excellent 1:57:57. Sinead Diver completed the event in a time of 2:14:23.

Coole Cranford Development Fund Duathlon
Shaun Logue took on Saturday’s duathlon in his local Cranford and finished in 1:37:33.
There was more junior success for the club with the Martin twins exceling in the junior event- Neil Martin finishing 2nd Junior in 1:40:39 and Sean Martin 3rd Junior in 1:43:58.

Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Tuesday: Track sessions will resume in October
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Long run leaves Aura 6.30pm
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am

Full Results
Belfast Titanic Triathlon- Standard Distance NS
Aidan Callaghan 2:03:47 3rd Male
Hugh Gallagher 2:18:27
Paul Doherty 2:21:05
Donagh O’Sullivan 2:26:56
Anne Robinson 2:38:20 3rd F35-39
Bronagh O’Gara 2:42:21
Patrick Mitchell 2:43:08 2nd M60-64
Philip Browne 2:47:22
Fiona McDaid 2:52:53 3rd F30-34
Pat Brady 2:53:22
Rachael Stilvern 3:07:50

Belfast Titanic Triathlon- Sprint Distance
Paul Cullen 1:24:25
Lester Speer 1:24:59 2nd M55-59
Claire Nelis 1:37:41 3rd F25-29

Belfast Titanic Swim
Karen Crawford 27:19
Paddy Bond 33:25

Lough Key Sprint Triathlon
Jason King 1:20:40 3rd M45-49
Killian Nulty 1:21:20
Trish Nulty 1:41:16 3rd F45-49
Fiona Gibbons 1:51:38
Julie McBride 1:58:08

Waterside Half Marathon
Niall Mulrine 1:46:50
Stephen Sweeney 1:49:43
Amanda McNulty 1:57:57
Sinead Diver 2:14:23

Coole Cranford Duathlon
Shaun Logue 1:37:33
Neil Martin 1:40:39 2nd Junior
Sean Martin 1:43:58 3rd Junior