Preparations well underway for annual Gartan Triathlon!!

All roads are leading to Gartan Lake next 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. It’s a tough sport, it’s a multisport, but most of all it’s a fun sport. Triathlon comes in many shapes and sizes, but all consist of a swim, bike and then run in that order, and Letterkenny 247 Triathlon Club are running two races on July 1st.

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.
Full information can be found on www.letterkenny247.com

Staffordshire, Portrush, Westport and Mullaghmore success for 24/7

Staffordshire 70.3
Graham Parker travelled to a very hot Staffordshire in England over the weekend to take on the
Ironman 70.3. Competitors enjoyed a swim which took place in the Chasewater reservoir and a 56mile bike course through the stunning West Midlands followed by a half marathon through the historic Shugborough country estate. Graham had a super swim and bike leg and despite temperatures reaching a blistering 35 degrees during the half marathon Graham finished the event in a very credible 6:37:42.

Causeway Coastal Triathlon
Alastair Hetherington chose triathlon over his other love of rallying at the weekend and travelled to Portrush on Saturday to take on the Causeway Coastal Triathlon. Just one week after his sprint distance debut Alastair opted for the Olympic distance in preparation for Dublin 70.3 in August. Alastair completed the tough course in 2:58:34.

Mullaghmore Sprint Triathlon
Thirteen 24/7 members travelled to picturesque Mullaghmore on Saturday and once again some silverware made its way back through the Gap. Shane McNulty was the first club member to finish in a time of 01:10:36, 3rd place in the M40-44 category. Anthony Sweeney was next in an excellent time of 01:19:19. Just one week on from a very good performance in the Firmus Sprint triathlon Ita McGettigan was 1st 50-54, as always Ita finishing strong on the tough run course. Ita’s husband Martin wasn’t too far behind, after a strong swim finishing in a time of 1:25:47. Louise Alcorn showed her warm weather training has certainly paid off- winning the F45-49 category-Louise performing well on the bike as always. Labhaoise Maguire was 3rd in the F45-49 category in a time of 1:32:08. Special mention to Elaine Gallagher on completing her first sprint distance triathlon. Ailbhe Dunne, Fiona Temple, Linda Sweeney and Caroline McCabe all performed well in the sprint events.
Sam Bogan was 5th overall in the 300m swim Triathlon. Trisha Nulty and Carol Herron also made their open water triathlon debuts also completing the 300m swim triathlon. Congratulations to everyone who took part especially the first timers- the first of many triathlons no doubt.

Westport Sprint Triathlon
Gavin Crawford was 12th overall in Westport Sprint Triathlon on Saturday. His time of 1:01:48 gave him 3rd place in the M35-39 category.

5k Roundup
The busy 5k season is well and truly in motion, eight club members made their way to Convoys fast 5k last Tuesday with Liam Tinney picking up a PB in 19:02. Paul Dillon Martin Donnelly and Billy Black all ran well in Thursdays Loughside 5k- Martin picking up first in the M40+ category in a time of 20:04. Terence Quinn, Amanda McNulty and Patrcick Kennedy took part in Fridays Mantis Killygordon 5k, Amanda picking up a season’s best of 22:28 and Patrick Kennedy with a PB of 23.27. Michael Logue had a brilliant run in the Buncrana 10k with a superb time of 38mins and Adrian Callaghan crossed the line in 47:37. Full results listed below.

Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Open water swimming@Gartan-6.30pm
Tuesday: Track session- 7.45pm
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Brick/TT session 7.00pm- this starting at Foxhall at 7pm sharp
– Marshals this week are Denise McBride, Rachael Stilvern and Bronagh O’Gara
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Swim session- 6-7pm (please note prepayment does not cover the cost of Saturday sessions.

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Full Results
Staffordshire 70.3
Graham Parker 6:37:42

Causeway Coastal Triathlon
Alastair Hetherington 2:58:34

Mullaghmore Sprint Triathlon
Shane McNulty 1:10:36 3rd M40-44
Anthony Sweeney 1:19:19
Ita McGettigan 1:23:09 1st F50-54
Martin Robinson 1:25:47
Louise Alcorn 1:27:54 1st F45-49
Labhaoise Maguire 1:32:08 3rd F45-49
Ailbhe Dunne 1:40:19
Fiona Temple 1:43:22
Elaine Gallagher 1:44:06
Linda Sweeney 1:50:59
Caroline McCabe 1:54:14

Mullaghmore 300m Swim Triathlon
Sam Bogan 1:10:27 5th
Trisha Nulty 1:25:02
Carol Herron 1:52:23

Westport Sprint Triathlon
Gavin Crawford 1:01:48 12th overall 3rd M35-39

Convoy 5k
Shane McNulty 16:24
Gavin Crawford 16:32
Paul Doherty 17:41
Liam Tinney 19:02 PB
Pat Brady 21:32
Catherine McKinley 21:50
Terence Quinn 22:27
Martina McDaid 24:24

Loughside 5k
Paul Dillon 19:17
Martin Donnelly 20:04
Billy Black 20:50

Mantis Killygordon 5k
Terence Gallagher 21:36
Amanda McNulty 22:28
Patrick Kennedy 23:27 PB

Buncrana 10k
Michael Logue 38:00
Adrian Callaghan 47:37