Submitted by Fiona McDaid

 The club hosted their second race of the season on Sunday. A sell out race- the pressure was on to deliver a top class event and once again the club did exactly that. We had 14 club members compete in the Try a Tri event and 19 compete in the Super Sprint event- superb numbers once again. What must also be highlighted is the huge numbers of members who volunteered in any way to help with the event- it was brilliant to see so many smiling cheerful marshals and the feedback we have been receiving since Sunday shows how much this meant to competitors.

Thank you to each and everyone of one of you!

Try a Tri and Super Sprint

Arguably the most popular race we host, Sunday’s Try a Tri and Super Sprint events showed exactly why they are the talk of the town this week! A race for everyone- the Try a Tri for those that wish to dip their toes into the triathlon world or simply to challenge themselves and the Super Sprint, a little longer so perfect for anyone who has already had some experience. Indeed on Sunday we had first timers taking on both events.  Anna Hennessey, recently crowned European swim champion, was chosen to start the claxon for the first wave of swimmers who took to the waters at the Aura Leisure Centre. Conditions were perfect for the swim , cycle and run event. Competitors were of all ages, from 17- 76, came from far and wide and from all levels of fitness showing just how achievable this great event is.

Allister Doherty was the winner of the Try a  Tri event in an excellent time of 38:21. Paddy McGee, 24/7 member, was in 2nd place in 39:34 with Neil McBride 3rd in 40:15.

Jeanette Maguire was 1st Female with a superb time of 44:01, Jeanette had the fastest swim split of the Try a Tri, Deborah McMahon was 2nd in 46:47 and Labhaoise Boyle finished in 3rd place in a time of 48:05.

James Keenan was our Super Sprint winner in a time of 39:07, hot on his tail in 2nd place with just 19 seconds between them was Clifford Rodgers who finished in 39:26. Junior 24/7 member Ben Carr had a brilliant race, finishing with the fastest run split of the day, crossing the line 3rd overall in a time of 41:23- definitely one to watch!

24/7 ladies always deliver- Niamh McDaid was our Super Sprint winner in a time of 47:06 with Fionnuala Larkin in 2nd place in 49:25- both had fantastic races! 3rd female in our Super Sprint went to Sinead O’Brien- her first triathlon-she finished in an excellent time of 50:09.

There were excellent performances from all 24/7 members on the day, too many to mention, full list of results below. Special mention must be made to all who took on their first Triathlon-we look forward to seeing you all compete in many more this season and beyond!

24/7 wish to thank Sunday’s main sponsor Aura Leisure Centre and all our race partners for their continued sponsorship and support. We would also like to thank St.Eunan’s GAA Club for the use of their facilities. Without your help these races cannot be run-thank you!

Joe Barr 500
Well done to club member Gavin Harris who was part of the 4 person Donegal Oil team who won their category in the Joe Barr 500 race at the weekend in a superb time of 30:10:15. Gavin will be part of the Donegal Oil team taking on RAAM in June.

Errigal College 5k
Well done to Sean McFadden(1st), Labhaoise Maguire, Fiona Temple and Suzanne Bogan who took part in last Tuesdays Errigal College 5k. Full Results below.

Raphoe 5k
Fresh from their international exploits Terence Quinn and Raj Mehan took part in their local Raphoe 5k. Full results below. Special mention to Georgina Dill on her PB, well done Georgina.

All Ireland Community Games Triathlon Final
Yet more junior success for our club! Congratulations to Billy Black on qualifying for the All Ireland Community Games Triathlon Final.


Club gear announcement from our merchandising officer Elaine:
Prices for club gear:
Tri suit -core suit €115
Tri suit-half sleeve €138
Tri shorts -€60
Tri Top -€60
Running vest -€33
Cycle Top (SS)-€50
Cycle jacket, spring -€66
Cycle jacket, winter -€121
Bib shorts -€71:50

Ordering from Inverse, so going to be same gear as last year. Pending on quantity of order there may be discount given.
For anyone wishing to order, Elaine will be at Aura Wednesday 7:30-8pm this week, as per previous orders payment will be required when placing your order


Club  Training
Club training continues as follows:
Tuesday:  Road based session incorporating Letterkenny Educate Together 5k tonight. Registration from 6.30 at Divers Hyundai, warm-up from Aura to start line at 7pm
Wednesday: Swim session- Beginners 7-8pm, All others 8-9pm
Thursday: TT session 7pm sharp from Foxhall-Lead Marshal- Tommy Hill, Louise Alcorn, Karol Harvey
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am
Saturday: Club swim session Saturday at 6pm Additional lane added for 14-16yr old club members- MUST be accompanied by a parent (please note prepayment does not cover Saturday swim).


Full Results
Try a Tri
Paddy McGee                     39:34 2nd
Matthew McKinley            40:28
Ciaran Callaghan               44:29
Neil Martin                         46:22
Enda Carr                            47:13
Anthony Delap                   47:18
Sean Martin                        47:28
Kathyrn Russell                  49:24
Paul Shevlin                        50:23
Meadhbh Roarty               54:44
Patrick Kennedy                 56:02
Lourde Walsh                     57:18
Tamara CirilaeLedesma 1:02:47


Super Sprint
Ben Carr                              41:23 3rd
Colm Corcoran                   45:08
Niamh McDaid                   47:06 1st Female
Fionnuala Larkin                49:25  2nd Female
Barry McEleney                  49:50
Eadaoin Kelly                      50:17
Brian Gormley                    51:45
Terence Quinn                   51:48
Damien ODonaill               51:54
Peter McLean                     52:15
Emmet McClafferty           53:09
Christy Callaghan               53:13
Paul Kelly                             53:39
Martina O’Donnell             54:06
Sinead O’Kane                    56:24
Siobhan Coyle                    57:18
Trisha Nulty                        57:22
Raj Mehan                           59:56
Carol McCabe                 1:03:19

Errigal College 5k
Sean McFadden                  17:58 1st
Labhaoise Maguire            26:29
Fiona Temple                      28:21
Suzanne Bogan                   30:13

Raphoe 5k
Terence Quinn                    24:04
Raj Mehan                           26:22
Georgina Dill                       26:39 PB