Submitted by Fiona McDaid
The club reached a major milestone at the weekend-the successful hosting of our inaugural middle distance event Sheephaven Half. What a day!
Our debut race was a major success and we have been inundated with amazing feedback since Saturday afternoon. It will no doubt be a permanent fixture on the triathlon calender for many years to come.
Yes alot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes by our main and race commitees in preparation for this huge race, but it’s repeatedly said a successful race cannot be run without the support of the whole club and that is so true. To all members and family and friends who helped out in any way and to all club competitors who put on hi-viz and gave a helping hand after talking part- THANK YOU.
We were also overwhelmed with the support from the communities of Downings and the surrounding areas.
On behalf of everyone at Sheephaven Half and Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club we would like to extend a very special thank you to the local communities of Downings and the surrounding areas. From volunteering to marshal, to being extra vigilant and cautious on the roads, to feeding and cooling competitors and cheering everyone on you all embraced our race to the max! Without your cooperation our race would not be possible-Take a bow Downings!
Sheephaven Half Race Report
First into T1 on Saturday was relay team member Fergus Callaghan with a superb 2:27:21 bike split. His run partner Damian McBride went on to run an impressive 1:26:15 half marathon to take the relay team first place prize.
David Sheridan held his lead in the individual race, coming into transition in 2nd place followed by Sean Mc Fadden of 24/7 triathlon club and Brian Sexton. David held onto his lead on the first lap of half marathon run with Sexton putting in a massive second lap performance to eventually take the lead and cross the finish line in 4:37:24. David Sheridan held onto 2nd place (4:38:14) despite McFadden running him close. Indeed Gavin Crawford also pushed his club mate McFadden to the wire in the run. Despite Gavin posting the fastest individual run split of the day, a fantastic 1:26:40 in blistering heat, Mc Fadden held on to take 3rd place in 4:40:16.
Laura Wylie of Hi-Elbow Tri club held her lead from the swim into T2 after the 90km undulating bike course around Sheephaven Bay. Despite the heat on the run course she put in a huge effort on the run with a brilliant 1:39 run split taking first place on the podium with a finish time of 4:56:46,some 14minutes ahead of 2nd place. Katie Hickson, Cork Tri Club was 2nd place lady. The Lost Sheep race director swapping Cork for the Hills of Donegal . Katie had a very strong performance throughout finishing in 5:10:23. Jackie Kelly of Athlone Tri Club completed the podium in 3rd position with a super time of 5:20:22.
Gavin Crawford won 1st place M40-44 with his brilliant 4th place performance. Nicholas Fowell took 2nd place in his category in a time of 4:55:10, Nick was very unlucky to have mechanical issues on the bike but he hung on and still rossed the line in a sub 5hr time. John Connaghan took 2nd place in the M50-59 category finishing in 05:07:34.
Other club members to pick up prizes were all in the tram categories. There was some serious competition between all teams on the day. Fergus Callaghan taking 1st place prize with his teammate Damian McBride in 4:28:43. 2nd place team prize went to club members Adam Speer who swam, Shaun McDevitt with a very impressive bike split as always and their very well known runner Maria McCambridge finishing in 4:42:34. 3rd place team was also another club team. Siobhan Gallagher, 2nd female in the swim, Ronan Brennan on the bike and Colin Dean running completing the event in 4:45:37.
Prize winners apart there were SO many amazing individual performances- special mention to anyone who took on their first middle distance event. 24/7 was so well represented with record club members taking part on Saturday. It would be impossible to name everyone and individual performances so full results are attached. Congratulations to everyone on a brilliant achievement!
Wishing Ita McGettigan a speedy recovery from an injury she picked up during the race.
Ironman Edinburgh 70.3
Pauric Kelly travelled to Edinburgh for the Ironman Edinburgh 70.3 held on Sunday July 1st. Pauric had a brilliant race finishing in 05:48:28.
Rostrevor to Warrenpoint Swim
Three 247 club members travelled east for 3.7k Rostrevor to Warrenpoint Swim today. Sun shine in the east for them and there brilliant swims was the result!
Karen Crawford was delighted to swim 1:00:09 on the day. Paddy Bond with a strong performance in 1:10:10. Lester Speer is really enjoying these long swims in 2018-another super swim from Lester in 1:10:45.
Jude Gallagher Memorial Round the Bridges 10 miler
Georgina McCrudden travelled to Limavady last Thursday evening for the annual 10 mile race. Despite the very hit temperatures, Georgina had a brilliant run finishing 1:44.24.
More cycling success for Junior McGettigans
On Monday past Junior members Daniel and Ciarán Mc Gettigan competed in Round 5 of the NW Youth League in Ballyare, hosted by Errigal Cycling Club. In the U12s 7.2km Daniel secured his first ever win from Ashton Moore Strabane Lifford cc 2nd and Matthew Spratt Slcc 3rd. Not to be out done by his younger Brother, U16 Ciaran broke away early in his 5 lap race, building a lead of over 2 minutes at one point and despite a nose bleed, he powered home 1st from Odhran Doogan of Powerhouse 2nd and Cathal Gallagher Errigal 3rd. Ciarán also travelled to England on Friday for the Inaugural Youth Tour of London as part of an U16 Cycling Ulster Squad made up of 4 boys and 4 girls. There were 2 other Donegal Boys on the team, Glenswilly native and Ciaráns club mate Cathal Gallagher and also Donal Walsh of AAA cc, both Cathal and Donal are 2nd year U16s and rode well in London but Ciaráns recent good form suffered something and he struggled with the 33 degree heat and felt unwell during one of the road races so retired for his and the safety of the other riders. The squad returned on Monday and now start preparing for the Errigal International Youth Tour, The Nationals and Ulster Champs, all taking place in August.
Ahead of his 3rd place in the Sheephaven Half Sean McFadden had a PB of 17:02 in Tuesday’s Termon 5k.
Quarterly Swim Payment
The next quarterly swim payment for those that pre-pay is due on 1st July.
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 7.30.pm. 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 continues as follows:
Monday: Open Water swim sessions Gartan @ 6.30pm Next swim series date is Monday 2nd July
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: Jonathan Edwards
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
Sean McFadden 04:40:16 3rd
Gavin Crawford 04:41:54 1st M40-44
Nicholas Fowell 04:55:10
John Connaghan 05:07:34
Martin Donnelly 05:36:32
Paul McIntyre 05:38:13
Paul Cullen 05:38:57
Damian McGoohan 05:40:56
Brendan McBride 05:46:18
Jonathan Edwards 05:47:40
Killian Nulty 05:50:20
Paul Lynch 05:51:50
Michael Russell 05:53:31
Cathal Gorman 05:54:06
Alan Mahony 05:54:32
Pat Brady 05:55:13
Philip Browne 05:55:39
Alastair Hetherington 06:01:20
Keith Fletcher 06:01:34
Patrick Doherty 06:02:30
Sandra Devine 06:08:19
Sam Bogan 06:15:16
Shane Collins 06:18:17
Martina McDaid 06:20:44
Rachael Stilvern 06:34:01
Paul O’Gara 06:36:22
Conor McLaughlin 06:45:49
Paul McNulty 06:54:46
Damian O Donaill 07:00:05
Peter McLean 07:33:41
Fergus Callaghan 04:28:43 1st
Shaun McDevitt/Adam Speer 04:42:34 2nd
SRC- Siobhan Gallagher/Ronan Brennan/Colin Dean 04:45:37 3rd
MAP- Matthew McKinley/Anne Robinson/Paddy McGee 04:50:54
Team Trio- Lisa Dalton 05:06:08
Lurgy Crew- Elaine Gallagher 05:08:01
Snow Day- Karol Harvey/Fionnuala Larkin 05:09:33
La Zenia Babes- Louise Alcorn 05:23:17
The Callaghan Cooperation- Christy Callaghan 05:29:35
The 3 Mamils- Anthony Delap 05:31:27
Stephen Sweeney 05:34:30
SDS- Martina O’Donnell/Denise McBride/Stephanie Dunleavy 07:15:11
Ironman Edinburgh 70.3
Pauric Kelly 5:48:28
Limavady 10 miler
Georgina McCrudden 1:44:24
Rostrevor to Warrenpoint 3.7k Swim
Karen Crawford 1:00:09
Paddy Bond 1:10:10
Lester Speer 1:10:45
Sean McFadden 17:02 PB