World Championships,Super series and Ironman success for 24/7

Chattanooga 70.3 World Championships
Margaret Kelly travelled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to take on the 70.3 World Championships on Saturday. Known as the Scenic City due to its proximity to Lookout Mountain, striking riverfront and vibrant downtown, Chattanooga lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop. Margaret had an excellent race finishing in a time of 5:36:54 for the 70.3 event. Speaking afterwards, Margaret said it was an unreal experience to take part in such an event. Well done Margaret.

Ironman Wales
Ironman Wales is known as one of the most difficult Ironman courses to take on and to make it even more challenging the Weather Gods were not in anyone’s favour on Sunday. In horrible weather conditions six of our club members crossed the finish line in Tenby.
Despite an excellent swim, unfortunately Nicholas Fowell was unable to complete the event. Nick picked up a chest infection in the lead up to the event and so was unable to continue. A big disappointment after months of hard work and training but Nick was on course on Sunday to shout the rest of the 24/7 competitors over the line.
Peter O’Donnell- taking on his first Ironman- was the first 24/7 member to complete the 140.6km course in a very impressive 11:18:28, finishing with an excellent 3:37 marathon time. Peter’s result places him 22nd overall in his 25-29 age category.
Damian McGoohan was next to cross the line putting in another fine performance in 12:44:56.
Martin Donnelly, also taking on his first ironman finished in 13:12:55, finishing with a strong run also in 4:08:10. Jarlath Duffy was the next 24/7 member to cross the line finishing in 15:04:33. Cathal Roarty who was also taking on his first ironman event was just over a minute later in a time of 15:05:48.
Fin Begley despite having a tyre blowout on the bike course finished in 15:12:34, 14th overall in her age category.
Congrats to all our Ironmen, you should all be very proud of your amazing achievement.

Port Beach Triathlon Clogherhead
Jonathan Martin had another great performance in the Super Series Port Beach triathlon over the weekend. Jonathan finished 11th overall in what was a very impressive field. As always, he started with a superb swim of 10:28 and despite challenging windy conditions raced very well finishing in 1:00:11. Jonathan’s hard work has been rightly rewarded – he has been invited to take part in the Triathlon Ireland’s emerging talent programme at the National Sports centre next weekend.

Glendalough Swim
Karen Crawford and Paddy Bond took on the challenging 3.9km swim over the weekend. Karen finished in 1:19:34 and Paddy in a time of 1:44:50.

5k roundup
Shane McNulty was 10th overall in a time of 17:04 at Sundays Donegal 5k championships held at Finn Valley

Club Training
Club training continues as follows:
Tuesday: Track session- Track session will recommence 3rd October
Wednesday: Swim session- Advanced 7-8pm, Intermediate/ Beginners 8-9pm
Thursday: Long run leaves Aura 6.30pm
Saturday: Club cycle leaves from Aura at 8am

Full Results
Chattanooga 70.3 World Championships
Margaret Kelly 5:36:54

IronMan Wales
Peter O’Donnell 11:18:28
Damian McGoohan 12:44:56
Martin Donnelly 13:12:55
Jarlath Duffy 15:04:33
Cathal Roarty 15:05:48
Fin Begley 15:12:34

Port Beach Triathlon Clogherhead Super Series Cat 1
Jonathan Martin 1:00:11

Glendalough Swim
Karen Crawford 1:19:34
Paddy Bond 1:44:50

Donegal 5k
Shane McNulty 17:04