For most people a marathon is a major achievement or indeed a centenary cycle or possibly a 3.8k swim . An Ironman Triathlon requires you to complete all three events within seventeen hours.

The club has two more members who completed this epic event, Seamus Morrison and Sean McAuliffe. It is fair to say that swimming would not be their best discipline but they took to the water in Copenhagen and emerged having completed the swim in similar times of 1.52.17 for Seamus and 1.49.19 for Sean . They then set off on a course used for the World cycling championship in 2011 and Seamus just missed out on a 30k per hour time of 6.06 with Sean completing the course in 6.57. The course had rolling hills and passed some famous Danish landmarks.
They then both ran a full marathon on a four lap course cheered on by a crowd of 150000 lining the streets and finished outside the Danish parliament.  Well done to both men from everyone in the club.


Ballina Salmon Triathlon
At the other end of the age and distance spectrum, Christine Russell made a welcome return to racing after injury and was second woman home in the river based sprint triathlon in county Mayo. She won her category in an excellent time of 1.08.51 and was twentieth overall.

Gartan Challenge
The Gartan swim goes from strength to strength and credit is due to the local hard working committee some of whom are club members.  There were three races held last weekend and members participated in all three. Aidan Callaghan won the 3.8 k swim with Siobhan Gallagher first woman home. Danny Mooney was fifth in the 1500 metre race with Lisa Dalton just behind him. Louise Alcorn was first club member home in the 750 metre swim with great performances for a lot of members who tried out this distance for the first time. Thirty six members took part overall.
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Donegal Marathon

Quite a few members doubled up on Sunday running the half marathon. Adrian Callaghan along with his son in a buggy completed the full marathon. Gavin Crawford was second followed home by Michael Black and Danny Mooney. Twenty two members ran the 21.1 k route.

Table Quiz

As part of the preparation for Kona, Aidan Callaghan is hosting a quiz in Arena Seven Friday 26th at 8pm. There will be teams of four and loads of spot prizes. Everyone is welcome.

Open water safety
The club organizes a supervised swim session every Monday evening at six thirty pm for all members.
A swim route is set up with a kayak to cover that swim route only. If anyone wants to use Gartan lake outside that time, please enter from the heritage centre entrance point and please make sure you have a swim partner and swim buoy for personal safety. There is a club shed for changing and the lock code is available from any committee member.

Training continues as follows
Monday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pm (weather permitting)
Tuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50 pm
Wednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pm
Thursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pm
Saturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 am
Sunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 am

Results :
Ironman Copenhagen
1864th Seamus Morrison 13.04.02 (287th in category)
2171th Sean Mc Auliffe 14.34.59 (212th in category)

Donegal Marathon
18th Adrian Callaghan 3.39.35
Donegal Half Marathon
2nd Gavin Crawford 1.17.18
3rd Michael Black 1.17.39
4th Danny Mooney 1.18.40
18th Sean Mc Fadden 1.23.44
23rd Paul Doherty 1.25.04
28th Jason King 1.27.05
43rd John Conaghan 1.30.53
45th Shane McNulty 1.31.07
46th Nicholas Fowell 1.32.21
47th Paul Cullen 1.32.23
62nd Padraic Mc Cafferty 1.36
69th Philip Browne 1.37.38
70th Brendan Whelan 1.37.48
87th Stephen Robinson 1.40.46
93rd Seamus Nallen 1.41.49
139th Sharon Black 1.47.30
149th Mairead Cullen 1.49.17
156th Desiree Casburn 1.49.54
158th Catherine Regan 1.50.20
163rd Paul Kelly 1.51.21
174th Aidan Mc Fadden 1.52.21
187th Stephen Sweeney 1.54.47

Gartan 750m swim
9th Louise Alcorn 17.20
14th Elaina Gallagher 19.21
19th Alistair Hetherington 21.14
23rd Amanda Witherow 23.15
25th Terence Quinn 24.57
27th Fiona Temple 27.40
28th Raj Mehan 30.52

Gartan 1500m swim
5th Danny Mooney 25.15
6th Lisa Dalton 25.18
7th Gavin Crawford 25.31
9th Brian Sweeney 27.28
10th Niamh Mc Daid 27.36
13th Anthony Delap 29.09
15th Laura Black 30.32
17th Anne Robinson 30.42
21st John Mc Carron 30.55
23rd Kevin Hennessy 31.36
25th Katie Black 32.26
26th Colin Dean 32.26
29th Mairead Cullen 32.50
35th Liam Tinney 34.45
39th Rachel Stilvern 36.33
42nd Sinead Trearty 37.30
44th Gavin Harris 38.15
49th Adrian Crawford 41.08

Gartan 3.8km swim
1st Aidan Callaghan 53.12
3rd Siobhan Gallagher 55.29
6th Jonathan Martin 57.49
12th Nicholas Fowell 1.07
18th Patrick Patton 1.12.19
32nd Brendan Meenan 1.19.32