Submitted by Fiona McDaid

It was another action- packed weekend for club members and yet more silverware with some very impressive racing all over the country. Well done everyone.

 Belfast Titanic Standard Distance NS Triathlon
Six of our club members travelled to Belfast for the National Series Titanic triathlon on Sunday morning. In near perfect racing conditions in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter Aidan Callaghan dominated from start to finish. He led from the off, a 20:04 swim left him exiting the water in 1st place onto the bike course where he only maximized his lead before finishing off with a superb 10k run of 33:29 to cross the finish line in 1st place in a time of 1:52:53.

In the ladies race it went down to the wire. Siobhan Gallagher led the race coming into T1 with a superb swim of 20:40 and held that lead into T2. Despite a super 10k run from Siobhan, Laura Wylie pipped her on the run course with 2km to go. Siobhan finished in a fantastic time of 2:08:54, 2nd female.

John Connaghan was back in national series action again with another fine performance of 2:14:50 over the standard distance event. Bronagh O’Gara had another great race, picking up 2nd F40-44 in a time of 2:23:12. Just 15 seconds separated Bronagh and husband Paul who finished in 2:23:27, Bronagh pipping Paul on the 10k run. Fin Begley also got her hands on silverware putting in a strong performance with a finish time of 2:26:25 to pick up 2nd in the F45-49 category.


Lakeside Sprint Triathlon
Closer to home on Saturday twelve members crossed the gap to take part in the Lakeside Sprint Triathlon hosted by MSC Triathlon club in Ballyshannon.
Sean McFadden was the first club member to cross the finish line in 1:12:18, 9th overall.
Christine Russell showed she is in super form claiming silverware once again. Christine had another superb performance finishing in          1:18:12, 2nd Female overall. Jonathan Edwards was back in racing action after his recent Sheephaven Half race. Jonathan had a great performance finishing very strongly with a 20:32 5k to cross the line in 1:21:52. Geoff McGillian also put in a good performance finishing in 1:26:32 just ahead of his club-mate Cathal Gorman who crossed the line in 1:27:05. New club member Karl Bonner            also performed well finishing in 1:29:13. Patrick Patton made a welcome return to triathlons putting in a great performance to finish in 1:31:47. Gavin Ward also raced well crossing the line in 1:32:58. Kevin Hennessy has definitely caught the triathlon bug again, just a week since his Gartan return taking on another sprint triathlon finishing in 1:33:15. Conor McLaughlin was back in action also with a great race of 1:36:32. Sandra Devine had another fine performance crossing the line in 1:38:18 just 4 seconds ahead of Terence Quinn in 1:38:22.

MAD Adventure Race Long Course
Elsewhere on Saturday 24/7 members took on the local MAD Adventure race. A hugely popular race ran by Hugh Coll and co in Milford, competitors had a choice of either the long 59k or the 29k sprint course.
Taking on the long course event Gavin Crawford was the first 24/7 member to cross the line finishing 7thoverall in a fantastic time of 2:41:46. Gavin had a superb 10k run and a noticeably improved kayak time (quicker than some of his slagging club-mates!!) to finish strongly in 7th position.
Lisa Dalton also had a superb performance. Although she was over 2minutes behind Sonia Knox after the 10k run she put in very strong kayak and bike splits to take the lead and finish in a brilliant 3:01:48 picking up the prize for 1st Female with almost 3 minutes to spare on second place Knox in the end.
Mark Rodgers had a brilliant race crossing the line in a super time of 3:07:18, well up in the field. It was a game of tit for tat with the next trio but Fionnuala Larkin showed her experience in adventure racing to pip Liam Tinney. Fionnuala posting super kayak and bike splits to finish just 20seconds ahead of Liam Tinney in 3:08:32, picking up the prize for 3rd Female overall ,2nd FO. Their training buddy Pat Brady wasn’t too far behind crossing the line in a brilliant 3:10:25. Enda Carr put in another strong performance finishing in 3:18:08. Barry Foley also had a good race finishing in 3:20:47. Birthday girl Rachael Stilvern       fresh from her 70.3 debut at Sheephaven Half also finished strongly in a time of 3:43:51.

MAD Adventure Race Sprint Course
Paul Lynch was the first 24/7 member to finish the Srpint distance event in a brilliant time of 1:19:21. Kilian Nulty just missed out on an age category prize but had a brilliant race finishing in 1:20:49 4TH place in the M45+ category. Anthony Sweeney crossed the line in 1:23:59. Just one second separated Ciaran Callaghan, 1:25:31, and Shaun Logue, 1:25:32, both back in action after missing out on Gartan triathlon last weekend due to sickness. Barry Tinney put in a great performance finishing in a time of 1:29:21.  Keith Gordon crossed the finish line in 1:31:33. Kathyrn McDevitt left husband Shaun behind and took this event on solo finishing with a super time of 1:34:41.  Trisha Nulty went one better than husband Kilian picking up the 3RD place prize in the F45+ category with a time of 1:35:05. Lourde Walsh had a great race finishing in 1:43:43. Just 16 seconds separated  Fiona Temple, 1:46:32, and her sister Labhaoise. Bridie Devenney/ Labhaoise Maguire teamed up to finish in a time of 1:46:48.

Seven Sisters Mountain Half Marathon
Gavin Harris took a break from the bike after his recent RAAM exploits to take part in the inaugural Seven Sisters Mountain Half Marathon over the weekend. Gavin had a fantastic time of 6:16:16.

Foyle Swim 3.5k
24/7 members also travelled to Derry to take on the Foyle swim over the weekend. Part of the Maritime Festival the 3.5km swim took competitors under the Foyle Bridge, swimming towards the city passing all the Clipper boards and large crowds that descended on the Boardwalk to watch.
Karen Crawford had a brilliant swim in 52:50. Paddy Bond also swam well with a time of 56:45. But most impressive was the duo of Julie McBride      and Fiona Gibbons- both taking on this distance for the first time and both swimming brilliant times of 63:20 and 65:10 respectively.

Churchill Fair 5k
Well done to Paddy Doherty, 21:26, Tommy Hill, 22:55, Stephen Sweeney, 23:17 and Niamh McDaid, 23:35, who all took part in the Churchill Fair 5k on Friday night past

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  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
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open Water swim sessions Gartan @ 6.30pm Next swim series date is Monday 30th July
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: Nicholas Fowell, Martin Temple, Sean McFadden
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


Full Results

Belfast Titanic Standard Distance NS Triathlon
Aidan Callaghan                                                1:52:53 1st
Siobhan Gallagher                                            2:08:54 2nd Female
John Connaghan                                               2:14:50
Bronagh O’Gara                                                2:23:12 2nd F40-44
Paul O’Gara                                                        2:23:27
Fin Begley                                                           2:26:25 2nd F45-49

Lakeside Sprint Triathlon
Sean McFadden                                                1:12:18
Christine Russell                                               1:18:12 2nd Female
Jonathan Edwards                                           1:21:52
Geoff McGillian                                                 1:26:32
Cathal Gorman                                                  1:27:05
Karl Bonner                                                         1:29:13
Patrick Patton                                                    1:31:47
Gavin Ward                                                        1:32:58
Kevin Hennessy                                                1:33:15
Conor McLaughlin                                            1:36:32
Sandra Devine                                                   1:38:18
Terence Quinn                                                  1:38:22

MAD Adventure Race Long Course
Gavin Crawford                                                 2:41:46
Lisa Dalton                                                          3:01:48 1st Female
Mark Rodgers                                                    3:07:18
Fionnuala Larkin                                               3:08:32 3rd Female overall 2nd FO
Liam Tinney                                                        3:08:52
Pat Brady                                                             3:10:25
Enda Carr                                                             3:18:08
Barry Foley                                                         3:20:47
Rachael Stilvern                                                 3:43:51


MAD Adventure Race Sprint Course
Paul Lynch                                                           1:19:21
Kilian Nulty                                                         1:20:49 4TH M45+
Anthony Sweeney                                           1:23:59
Ciaran Callaghan                                               1:25:31
Shaun Logue                                                      1:25:32
Barry Tinney                                                       1:29:21
Keith Gordon                                                     1:31:33
Kathyrn McDevitt                                             1:34:41
Trisha Nulty                                                        1:35:05 3RD F45+
Lourde Walsh                                                     1:43:43
Fiona Temple                                                     1:46:32
Bridie Devenney/ Labhaoise Maguire      1:46:48

Seven Sisters Mountain Half Marathon
Gavin Harris                                                        6:16:16

Foyle Swim 3.5k
Karen Crawford                                                52:50
Paddy Bond                                                        56:45
Julie McBride                                                     63:20
Fiona Gibbons                                                   65:10

Churchill Fair 5k
Paddy Doherty                                                  21:26
Tommy Hill                                                          22:55
Stephen Sweeney                                            23:17
Niamh McDaid                                                  23:35