It was a very busy but successful weekend of competing for 247 members with 11 club members taking silverware back to the club. Well done to everyone who competed in events over the weekend.

Westport Triathlon
247 had 5 club members travel to Mayo for the National Series Westport Triathlon on Saturday and all 5 brought home silverware with some outstanding racing! Aidan Callaghan once again performed superbly finishing 2nd overall just behind Aichlinn O’Reilly of Westport Triathlon Club. Aidan had a superb swim of 09:48, 3rd out of the water and he went on to finish in a fantastic time of 1:00:28 to take 2nd place.
Christine Russell, had another fine performance. Christine was 6th female overall with a fantastic finish time of 1:13:11. Christine’s super time saw her pick up the 2nd F20-24 category.
Bronagh O’Gara was the next 247 competitor to complete the course, picking up the prize for 3rd F40-44 in a brilliant time of 1:17:47. Fin Begley was winner of the F45-49 age category, Fin had a very strong performance and finished in 1:19:59. Natasha Kelly put in a brilliant performance to finish in 1:20:57, 3rd in her F25-29 age category. Super racing from the club and no doubt an exciting National Series season lies ahead for these triathletes.

Mullaghmore Triathlon
An army of club members travelled across the gap for the very successful Mullaghmore Triathlon run by MSC Triathlon Club on Saturday. The club hosted a sprint and super-sprint triathlon event as well as a junior Aquathon event.
Nicholas Fowell was first 247 member to cross the finish line in a superb time of 1:06:26(must be the shiny pink bike!!). Nick was 4th overall, taking 1st place in the M45-49 category. Just 31seconds separated Nick and Sean McFadden who finished in 1:06:57 who also picked up a category prize- 2nd M40-44. Some great club rivalry here which will surely carry on to the Sheephaven Half in a few weeks’ time!! Cathal Gorman was next 24/7 member to cross the line, Cathal with a strong performance finishing in 1:19:06.
Anne Robinson was first club female, 7th female overall, with a superb time of 1:21:45, taking 1st in the F35-39 age category. Sandra Devine was 2nd club female crossing the line in a fantastic 1:25:45, 1st place in the F45-49 category. Niamh Gibbons was 3rd club female finishing strongly in 1:29:00, picking up 2nd in the F25-29 category.
Well done also to Geoff McGillian, Shaun Logue, Gavin Ward, Brian Gormley, Sam Bogan, Conor McLaughlin, Christy Callaghan, Lorraine McCreary, Martina O’Donnell, Feena McBride, Fiona Temple, Bridie Devenney and Caroline Mc Cabe who all took part.

Mullaghmore SuperSprint
In the super sprint event Ciaran Callaghan was 4th place with a brilliant performance, crossing the line in 1:15:07. Birthday boy Peter McLean, taking on his first open water triathlon had a super race finishing in 1:19:26. Paul Kelly made a welcome return to open water racing finishing in 1:20:04. Well done also to Kathyrn Russell, 1:22:37, Cathy Harvey, 1:27:33, Suzanne Bogan ,1:27:52 and Tamarra Ciralie Ledesma, 1:43:33- all taking on their first open water triathlons.
There was super racing from 24/7 in all events at Mullaghmore with too many brilliant individual performances to name-  Full results listed below.  Special mention to all those taking on their first open water triathlon!

Causeway Coast Triathlon
Another 247 contingent travelled to Portrush on Saturday to take part in the Causeway Coast Olympic distance Triathlon, ran by Triangle Triathlon Club. Adam Speer was first 247 member to cross the line in 14th position overall in a brilliant time of 2:16:15, showing his preparation for his Ironman Tallinn later this year is going very well. Another two Tallinn bound men, Alaistair Hetherington and Philip Browne performed very well, Philip catching Alastair on the bike and the duo completing the 10k run together finishing very strongly in 2:45:14. Ita McGettigan also had a superb race, crossing the line in 2:58:04, picking up 2nd place in the F50-54 age category.

Stars of the future perform well in Mullaghmore and Derry
The club also had many of our junior members in action this weekend- both at the Mullaghmore Aquathon and in Derry at the North West run Junior triathlon.
Due to child protection rules no results are available for the these but a BIG well done must go to all our junior members who performed brilliantly and made it look so easy! The future of the club is certainly looking very bright!

The Canal Criterium
Junior Members Ciarán & Daniel McGettigan travelled to Strabane over the weekend for The Canal Criterium organised by the Strabane & Lifford Cycling Club. This year an extended course out onto the main street from the Basin proved to make for a very entertaining event. A full programme of events took place from U8s to Senior Racing.  In the U12s Daniel rode cautiously on the wet conditions to come in 10th position. While later in the U16s Ciarán wasn’t just as cautious, narrowly missing out on the win, Ciaran Dixon of McConvey Cycles won it with Ciarán McGettigan 2nd and Odhran Doogan of Powerhouse Sport in 3rd.

5k/10k Roundup
Gavin Crawford was in super form on Saturday evening picking up 3rd place prize with a brilliant run of 35:46. Liam Tinney also had a great run, finishing in the top20, crossing the line in 41:13.
Well done and congrats to Aoibheann O’Grady on her 23:58 PB performance at the Mantis 5k on Friday night in Killygordan.
247 was also well represented at the Loughside Community 5k last Thursday. Ben Carr winning in a time of 17:55, Fionnuala Larkin was 1st female in a time of 21:34. Martin Donnelly picked up the prize for 1st M40 with a time of 20:03- Martin picking up the M40 prize for 3 years in a row now. Well done also to Sarah Robinson, running alongside her Dad Phillip who was reportedly struggling to keep the pace (!). Sarah had a time of 26:28 and took the prize for 2nd junior lady.
Well done also to Michael Black, Liam Tinney, Pat Brady, Fionnuala Larkin, Catherine McKinley and Aidan McFadden who all took part in Convoy AC’s 5k on Tuesday evening. Full available results listed below.

Swimming at Downings
For anyone that is swimming at Downings- there is NO swim entry at the pier. You must enter the water by the beach only. There are buoys out and the pier area is a no swimming zone.

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

Tuesday:  Road based session 6.30pm from Aura

Wednesday: Swim session- Beginners 7-8pm, All others 8-9pm

Thursday:  Brick session 7pm sharp@Foxhall

Marshal: Paul O’Gara

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
Westport Triathlon
Aidan Callaghan                                 1:00:28 2nd
Christine Russell                               1:13:11 6th overall 2nd F20-24
Bronagh O’Gara                                1:17:47 3rd F40-44
Fin Begley                                           1:19:59  1st F45-49
Natasha Kelly                                     1:20:57 3rd F25-29

Mullaghmore Sprint Triathlon
Nicholas Fowell                                 1:06:26 4th 1st M45-49
Sean McFadden                                1:06:57  5th 2nd M40-44
Cathal Gorman                                  1:19:06
Geoff McGillian                                 1:19:42
Anne Robinson                                 1:21:45 1st F35-39
Shaun Logue                                      1:22:10
Gavin Ward                                         1:24:30
Brian Gormley                                   1:24:47
Sandra Devine                                   1:25:45 1st F45-49
Sam Bogan                                          1:26:48
Conor McLaughlin                            1:28:32
Niamh Gibbons                                 1:29:00 2nd F25-29
Christy Callaghan                              1:32:50
Lorraine McCreary                           1:33:24
Martina O’Donnell                           1:34:12
Feena McBride                                  1:39:52
Fiona Temple                                     1:44:30
Bridie Devenney                              1:46:15
Caroline McCabe                              1:58:29

Mullaghmore SuperSprint Triathlon
Ciaran Callaghan                               1:15:07 4th overall
Peter McLean                                    1:19:26
Paul Kelly                                             1:20:04
Kathyrn Russell                                 1:22:37
Cathy Harvey                                     1:27:33
Suzanne Bogan                                 1:27:52
Tamarra Ciralie Ledesma              1:43:33

Causeway Coast Triathlon
Adam Speer                                       2:16:15
Alaistair Hetherington                   2:45:14
Philip Browne                                    2:45:14
Ita McGettigan                                  2:58:04 2nd F50-54

Buncrana 10k
Gavin Crawford                                 35:46     3rd
Liam Tinney                                        41:13

Mantas 5k
Aoibheann O’Grady                        23:58 PB

Loughside 5k
Ben Carr                                               17:55 1st
Fionnuala Larkin                               21:34 1st Female
Martin Donnelly                               20:03 1st M40
Sarah Robinson                                 26:25 2nd Junior Lady
Phillip Robinson                                26:25

Convoy 5k
Michael Black                                    17:01
Liam Tinney                                        18:58
Pat Brady                                             20:12
Fionnuala Larkin                               20:22
Catherine McKinley                         21:21
Aidan McFadden                              21:51