Letterkenny 24/7 News
The main club event of the year took place last weekend in Gartan.
The race was kindly sponsored by Stateside Restaurant Letterkenny.
The sprint event consisted of a 750m lake swim, 20km cycle into Foxhall and back with a 5km run around the grounds of the activity centre.
With 141 competitors, the numbers were up on previous years.
The fine day helped both with the organisation of the event and the enjoyment of the competitors and spectators.
Club volunteers and outside volunteers made sure the event passed off smoothly, and the organisational skills of race director Aidan Callaghan ensured that everyone enjoyed the event.
Donegal is lucky to have a venue such as Gartan and the staff at Gartan Outdoor Educational Centre, especially Sean McCrudden, were as always very accommodating.
The County Council are also to be thanked for carrying out remedial work on the lower road which helped with parking.
There were some notable club performances.
Adam Speer placing fifth in his first race coming back after injury, John Conaghan finishing 11th and first in his age group after completing the Iron man in Lanzarote and Christine Russell finishing third in her first adult sprint race.
There were also some impressive debut performances with many new members moving from the ranks of participators to racers.
The race itself was dominated by Rhodri Jones, from Triangle Triathlon Club, who broke the course record in a time of 59.53 with impressive times for all three disciplines.
Other races included the Furey Insurance Buncrana 5k road race, the Try a Tri in Athy in which Kevin Connolly came first and the Derry City Marathon.
Further afield Brendan Murphy did his first Olympic Marathon in London in a very impressive debut time of 2.18.
The main race next weekend is the Crooked Lake Sprint Triathlon in Camlough, Newry.
It will have a sizeable club entry because it is a National Series race and also a National Championship race.
Training continues as follows:
Monday Gartan Boathouse at 6.15pm.
Tuesday Aura track at 7.45pm.
Wednesday Aura pool at 8pm.
Thursday Bike time trial or brick session at Foxhall at 7pm.
Letterkenny Sprint Triathlon
> 1 Rhodri Jones 59.53
> 2 Aaron Deabe 1.01.29
> 3 Alvaro San Miquel 1.02.25
> 5 Adam Speer 1.03.28
> 6 Nicholas Fowell 1.05.22
> 8 Hugh Gallagher 1.05.57
> 11 John Conaghan 1.07.04
> 15Keith Mcclean relay team 1.08.00 1st relay team
> 16 Maeve Maher McWilliams 1.08.29 1st female
> 18 Ben George 1.09.16
> 20 Ann Paul 1.09.45 2nd female
> 22 Christine Russell 1.10.04 3rd female
> 27 John McCarron 1.11.04
> 28 Donagh OSullivan 1.11.05
> 29 Paul Dillon 1.11.12
> 30 Padraic Mitchell 1.11.26
> 38 Paul Ogara 1.12.34
> 39 Kirsty McElwaine 1.12.47 5th female
> 40 Tony Bonar 1.12.50
> 45 Brian Sweeney 1.13.46
> 51 Adrian McGettigan 1.14.20
> 55 Jarlath Duffy 1.14.50
> 59 Annagry Pharmacy 1.15.44 2nd relay team
> 60 Karl Sweeeny 1.15.45
> 67 Bronagh OGara 1.17.49 9th female
> 68 Gavin Harris 1.17.49
> 69 Clara Quigley 1.18.28 10th female
> 75 Hugo Daly 1.19.35
> 79 Paul Lynch 1.20.29
> 83 Michael McMenamin 1.21.06
> 88 Kevin Hennessy 1.22.12
> 91 Charles Gildea 1.22.33
> 92 Patrick Patton 1.22.36
> 98 Ciaran Liddy 1.24.32
> 101 Stephen Sweeney 1.25.05
> 103 Julie McGeehan 1.26.14 13th female
> 127 Lucy Handy 1.34.20 20th female
> 132 Sean McAuliffee 1.42.32
> 136 Stephen Mcfarland 1.49.04
> Furey Insurance Buncrana 5km race
> 49 Gavin Crawford 18.02.18
> 50 Paul Dillon 18.02.50 (pb)
> 52 Mark Hunter 18.02.60 (pb)
> 159 Brendan Boyce 22.55.76
> Derry City Marathon
> 113 Adrian Callaghan 3.21.00
> 167 Martin Donnelly 3.28.08
> 224 Brian Ward 3.34.07
> 249 Clint Doherty 3.35.09
> 258 Gavin Hunter 3.36.05
> 282 Seamus Nallen 3.38.13
> 878 Orla Nallen 4.22.22