Submitted by Fiona McDaid
What a weekend for 24/7- From Tallinn to Try the Lough, Mulroy Bay to Loughrea and Cavan and Dungloe, the 24/7 colours were in action in an array of events and as always with some super results. Well done to each and every one of you!
Ironman Tallinn Estonia
Four club members were in international Ironman action over the weekend. Adam Speer, Philip Browne, Keith Fletcher, Alaistair Hetherington and their trusty support crew flew to Estonia’s capital of Tallinn for the 140.6 event. The race consisted of a single-loop 3.8 km swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes then continued onto a two-loop, 180.2 km bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42.2 km four-loop run took participants through the historical city centre of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finished on Freedom Square.
No stranger to the Ironman distance, Adam Speer, in only his second triathlon in 2 years due to injury had a superb race. Adam crossed the finish line in a very impressive 10:49:44. Philip Browne, on his Ironman debut also had a fantastic performance. From a Try a tri only two years ago to the full Ironman distance Philip Browne also had a fantastic race. The long hours of training certainly paid off with Philip finishing his first Ironman in a brilliant 12:27:55. Birthday boy Keith Fletcher made it one to remember and surely there is no better present than crossing the finish line to those elusive words ‘You are an Ironman’! Keith put in an impressive performance also, skipping joyously over the finish line in 13:32:40. Despite some terrible bad luck with not one but three punctures on the bike course, Alaistair Hetherington managed to hold on and complete his Ironman dream. Indeed he has Keith to thank for his help on getting back on course, in a true act of sportsmanship Keith helped Alaistair get back on the bike and the duo completed the marathon course together. Another amazing achievement for Alaistair who like Philip has come from a Try a Tri only 2years ago. Alaistair Hetherington crossed the line with Keith in a super time of 13:32:54. Congratulations to you all on an amazing achievement. The list of 24/7 Ironman has three more names added to it now!
Loughrea Sprint Triathlon
Back on Irish soil Siobhan Gallagher competed in the Loughrea National Series Sprint Triathlon over the weekend. Competition in the ladies race was fierce with just nine seconds separating second from fourth in the final results. As always Siobhan had a superb swim time of 10:26 and coming into the final 100m was in 3rd position. She was agonizingly overtaken by Becky Woods with just 100m to go on the run meaning Siobhan just missed out on a podium finish. Siobhan finished in a time of 1:07:10 4th overall picking up 1st place prize in the 25-29 age category.
The ever popular Tri the Lough Sprint and Try a Tri events hosted by Omagh Triathlon Club took place on Saturday, with 19 24/7 members making their way across the border for the race. Paddy McGee was the first 24/7 member to cross the finish line. Paddy, fresh from his sprint triathlon debut at Gartan put in a fantastic performance finishing strongly with a 5k time of 20:40. Paddy finished in an overall time of 1:15:28. Killian Nulty wasn’t too far behind him with a brilliant performance crossing the finish line in 1:17:28. Brian Gormley is showing great form this season, a great swim and 22min 5k meant Brian finished in 1:21:48. Patrick Patton, with a very strong swim in 12:52 is also showing great return to full triathlons after an absence with a brilliant performance finishing in 1:23:10. Philip Robinson’s hours of training in Gartan Lake certainly paid off. Philip had a very strong debut sprint also, crossing the finish line in a super time of 1:24:43. Emmet McClafferty had another fine race in 1:26:48. Niamh McDaid was the first club female putting in a great performance, exiting the water just behind Patrick Patton to cross the line in a total time of 1:26:57. Peter McLean was back in racing action with another good performance finishing in a time of 1:28:59. Aoibheann O’Grady, another sprint triathlon debutant had a brilliant race. Aoibheann’s training certainly paying off with a brilliant finish time of 1:29:15. Terence Quinn was back in action without his injured Raphoe wingman. He had another good sprint tri finishing in a time of 1:29:54. Lorraine McCreary was hot on his heels, finishing just 5seconds behind in 1:29:59. Trish Nulty had a good performance in 1:32:09 with Christy Callaghan putting in a good race also to cross the line in 1:33:44. Elaine Gallagher had a good performance with a time of 1:36:46, followed closely by Labhaoise Maguire who crossed the line in 1:37:07. Bridie Devenney raced well also in 1:47:08. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Kevin Hennessy and he joins the 2018 DNF list following a puncture on the bike course.
Omagh Try a Tri
Matthew McKinley had his first introduction to open water triathlons with a fantastic performance in the Try a Tri event which had a 300m swim. Matthew finished in a time of 41:43. Kathryn McDevitt, who is in super form this season picked up the prize for 3rd Female when she finished in a time of 43:46.
Lough Ramor Triathlon
Paul Kelly was the lone 24/7 competitor at the Lough Ramor Triathlon held by the Virginia Triathlon and Cycling Club in Cavan at the weekend. Paul had a very good performance with an overall time of 1:30:09.
Gavin Crawford was in midweek action at the Army Duathlon based at Lilliput in Mullingar. Due to a no swim zone on the lake the event was changed to a 5k/22k/5k duathlon event. Gavin performed superbly finishing 6th overall in 1:13:36 and 2nd in the Over 40’s age category.
Martello Adventure Race
There is no stopping Ben Carr these days! Following on from his winning performance at the Dunfanaghy Duathlon last Monday Ben put in another top performance to take the spoils at the Martello Adventure Race in Dungloe on Saturday. Ben finished in 1:03:46, over two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor to take 1st place.
The annual Madge Carr swim took place at Mulroy Bay on Saturday. In the 1mile swim event, Fergus Callaghan finished in 3rd position with a super swim of 26:24. Shaun McDevitt had a brilliant swim to finish in 30:39, just ahead of Martin Robinson in 30:55. Paddy Doherty also had a great swim of 32:22. Rachael Stilvern was the winning female in the mile event- Rachael with a brilliant time of 33:36. It was one two in the ladies event for 24/7 with Fiona Gibbons swimming 36:40 to take the prize of 2nd Female. Paul Lynch had a fine swim of 40:37 with Brendan McBride finishing in a time of 42:16. Amanda Witherow was the first club member to finish in the 850m swim with a great time of 18:11. Just behind her was Chloe Wasson with a super swim in 18:17, kept company by her Dad Adrian in 18:18. Mary Bond is getting lots of practice in ahead of Tri-gether in September; Mary had a brilliant swim time of 21:52.
Lester Speer had a brilliant run in the Streets of Sligo 5k on Friday night finishing in 22:46. At the John Kilmartin Memorial 5k held by Milford AC on Friday Ben Carr was in flying form, doing what he does best running a superb time of 16:05 picking up the prize for 1st Junior. Colm Corcoran is also in great running form, crossing the line in 21:31 with Enda Carr hot on his tail finishing in 21:38. In the Dungloe Festival 5k held last Tuesday Ben Carr finished 2nd overall in a time of 16:53.
Errigal Youth International Tour
Well done to club members Ciaran and Daniel McGettigan, Billy Black and Cian Corcoran who all took part and raced well in the very successful Errigal Youth International Tour hosted by Errigal CC over the weekend.
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 COMPULSARY and anyone who is not a confident swimmer is urged to use a swim buoy.
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open Water swim sessions Gartan @ 6.30pm Next swim series date is Monday 20th August
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: Philip Robinson, Desiree Casburn, Maeve Carr
Saturday: Club cycle from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Due to decreasing numbers Sat swim sessions have been cancelled for the Summer months. We hope to resume the session in early September
Adam Speer 10:49:44
Philip Browne 12:27:55
Keith Fletcher 13:32:40
Alaistair Hetherington 13:32:54
Loughrea Sprint Triathlon
Siobhan Gallagher 1:07:10 4th overall 1ST 25-29
Paddy McGee 1:15:28
Killian Nulty 1:17:28
Brian Gormley 1:21:48
Patrick Patton 1:23:10
Philip Robinson 1:24:43
Emmet McClafferty 1:26:48
Niamh McDaid 1:26:57
Peter McLean 1:28:59
Aoibheann O’Grady 1:29:15
Terence Quinn 1:29:54
Lorraine McCreary 1:29:59
Trish Nulty 1:32:09
Christy Callaghan 1:33:44
Elaine Gallagher 1:36:46
Labhaoise Maguire 1:37:07
Bridie Devenney 1:47:08
Kevin Hennessy DNF
Omagh Try a Tri
Matthew McKinley 41:43
Kathyrn McDevitt 43:46 3rd Female
Lough Ramor Triathlon
Paul Kelly 1:30:09
Gavin Crawford 1:13:36
Martello Adventure Race
Ben Carr 1:03:46 1st
Fergus Callaghan 26:24 3rd
Shaun McDevitt 30:39
Martin Robinson 30:55
Paddy Doherty 32:22
Rachael Stilvern 33:36 1st Female
Fiona Gibbons 36:40 2nd Female
Paul Lynch 40:37
Brendan McBride 42:16
Amanda Witherow 18:11
Chloe Wasson 18:17
Adrian Wasson 18:18
Mary Bond 21:52
Streets of Sligo 5k
Lester Speer 22:46
John Kilmartin Memorial 5k
Ben Carr 16:05 1st Junior
Colm Corcoran 21:31
Enda Carr 21:38
Dungloe Festival 5k
Ben Carr 16:53 2nd overall