May Bank Holiday is always a busy one for 24/7 and 2019 was no different with club members in action at Burtonport Duathlon, Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon and locally in the Annual NW10K!
Those not racing took advantage of the extra day of training!
Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon
Hosted by North West Triathlon Club, Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon is always a popular sprint race for club members looking to kick off their triathlon season. Eight club members travelled to Derry on Sunday morning to take part.
Shaun McDevitt, who was also in action at the Burtonport Duathlon on Friday night, was the first club member to finish in a very impressive time of 1:07:59.
Shaun had a brilliant swim of 14:40 to set him up for a great race, finishing 11th overall. Stephen Sweeney was next in a brilliant time of 1:14:30.
Stephen also had a great swim and had a strong performance in both the bike and run disciplines, looking well ready for his Sheephaven Half target later in the Summer.
Following on from her superb performance at last weekend’s Super Sprint in Letterkenny, Natasha Adams was back in action taking on her very first sprint triathlon.
Natasha once again had a very impressive performance, finishing on the podium once again! Natasha crossed the finish line in 1:16:01 taking the prize for 3rd female.
Ciaran Callaghan also had a brilliant 2019 triathlon debut racing very well and finishing the event in a fantastic 1:20:09.
Eamonn Patton also took on his 2nd triathlon in the space of a fortnight and had another fine performance. Eamonn finished in a brilliant time of 1:22:02.
Christy Callaghan raced well crossing the finish line in 1:32:51. Suzanne Bogan wasn’t too far behind and as consistent as always had a brilliant race clocking a finish time of 1:33:45.
It wasn’t to be for Mary Harkin in Derry- despite having a brilliant swim, Mary was very unfortunate to pick up a puncture on the cycle route and so becomes the first club DNF of the year!
Mary didn’t dwell on the disappointment for too long and promptly made her way to Letterkenny to take on the NW10K, and in a fantastic time too.
On Friday night, three club members travelled to Burtonport to take part in the Burtonport Duathlon. Shaun McDevitt had a great race finishing in a brilliant 3rd overall in a time of 38:25.
It was an unfortunate night for young Ben Carr who finished in 44:52- despite leading the race from the off, Ben took a wrong turn, after being instructed to do so, resulting in an additional 2k to his first run.
After the event, the organizers of the event were quick to praise Ben for his sportsmanship and his great attitude, noting how he stayed for prizegiving, supporting his fellow club members and said he was a great ambassador for his club. Ben’s Dad Enda was a little closer than normal to Ben on race day and finished in a time of 45:51.
North West 10k
39 club members competed in the Annual North West10k on Sunday. Conditions were much more favourable than 2018 with the drop in temperatures over the weekend suiting all those taking on the 10k route.
Paul Cullen was the first club member to cross the finish line at Letterkenny Community Centre.
Paul has had an incredible 2019 season so far, and, his running has gone from strength to strength with PB’s in 7 out of his last 8 outings.
Sunday was no different and Paul looked on a mission from the off, setting a blistering pace and achieving yet another PB in a superb time of 36:01, finishing 13th overall and 3rd M40.
A total of 1minute and 49seconds off his previous 10k PB. Gavin Crawford was 29seconds behind in a fantastic time of 36:30. Charmain Liam Tinney is also in superb form at the minute and after his fantastic 5k PB on Tuesday night was on the hunt for a 10K PB also.
He had a brilliant race on Sunday and crossed the line in a fantastic PB time of 38:01, knocking a minute off his previous PB but 4minutes off his previous best on the NW10course.
Paul Doherty, despite nursing an injury had a brilliant run crossing the finish line in 39:02.
Terence Diver ran very well clocking 39:42 with Jason King just 20 seconds behind in 40:02. After her Sub 20 5k time on Tuesday night Fionnuala Larkin was back in cracking form on Sunday and ran a big PB of 42:25.
Brian Gormley was 21seconds behind, clocking a PB of 42:46.
John McFadden raced well and crossed the line in a brilliant 42:59. Margaret Kelly looked comfortable throughout and finished strongly in 43:12. Philip Browne had another PB on Sunday, clocking a super 43:15 for the 10k route. Coach Ciaran O’Donnell had another fine run finishing in 43:31.
New club member Conor McGlinchey had a fantastic run finishing in 44:03 with Mark Rodgers hot on his heels in a time of 44:05. Barry Foley was delighted to run a PB of 44:19- his months of training for the Race now starting to really pay off. Bronagh O’Gara ran very well and crossed the line in a brilliant 44:30.
Anne Robinson is another member in superb form. Coming into Sunday’s race Anne was unwell, but she put in a brilliant performance and even managed to PB in a time of 45:45.
Enda Carr, taking on his 2nd race of the weekend had a fine run, clocking 47:26. Kilian Nulty raced very well also, crossing the finish line in 47:43.
Terence Quinn ran his 2nd PB in the space of a fortnight. After PB’ing at the Madrid Half Marathon last weekend, he ran another PB on Sunday, clocking 47:53.
Ita McGettigan was back in racing action and finished in a brilliant 47:59. The other half of the Raphoe Duo, Raj Mehan is also in great form and ran a brilliant PB of 48:18.
Emmet McClafferty had a brilliant run and finished in 48:48, a super PB, with Martin Robinson,48:57, and Tommy Hill,48:58, in close succession behind him.
Neil Barrett, just a week after his triathlon debut had a good run of 49:20. Lucinda Gorman wasn’t too far behind crossing the line in 49:42.
Karol Harvey is showing brilliant from in 2019 and once again ran a brilliant PB of 49:43. Rachael Stilvern had a brilliant run clocking 51:06. Desiree Casburn ran well in 52:05, having just returned from her break in the States.
Orla Nallen ran well in 54:07, with Labhaoise Maguire just 15 seconds behind in 54:22 – a PB for Labhaoise! Patrick Patton ran well finishing in 54:25.
Mary Harkin didn’t dwell on the disappointment of her morning at Liam Ball, running very well to finish in 55:13. Peter McLean finished in a brilliant 55:35 with Fiona Temple just 6 seconds behind in a PB time of 55:41.
Georgina Dill also had a PB finishing in 56:30. Patrick Kennedy made his return to running and clocked a time of 57:29 and Fiona Gibbons finished in 66:37.
Educate Together NS 5K
Tuesday night saw a host of PB’s for 24/7 members at the annual Educate Together NS 5K. Nothing could separate club member Peter O’Donnell and Ivan Toner of LAC, joint 1st, both clocking the superb finish time of 16:32, a brilliant PB for Peter. Gavin Crawford had a great run crossing the line in 6th with a time of 17:30. Paul Dillon ran very well clocking a super time of 17:49.
Liam Tinney had a superb run on Tuesday night. His fine form of 2019 is continuing, and he knocked a whopping 41 seconds off his previous PB time of 18:37 to finish in a fantastic time of 17:57. Terence Diver clocked 19:18. Fionnuala Larkin dipped into the sub 20 times with a superb PB run of 19:55, finishing 1st female in the race.
Paul Doherty ran alongside Fionnuala and clocked 19:55 also. Conor McGlinchey had a great run crossing the line in 20:48, with Rory Grant just 9 seconds behind in 20:57. Aidan McFadden ran well clocking 21:22.
Eugene O’Donnell had a great race crossing the line in a fantastic PB time of 21:58. Niamh McDaid ran very well crossing the line in2 2:12. Rory Kennedy finished in 22:42 and Patrick Patton in 25:22.
Raphoe Road Race 5K
The Raphoe Duo Terence Quinn and Raj Mehan both ran the Raphoe road race during the week clocking 23:06 and 23:07 respectively.
All members are encouraged to contact club PRO Fiona McDaid if they are competing in events and want to be included in club notes.
It is great to see so many members take part in events each week so please submit your results. Results can be sent to 0879044287.
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: The proposed date for the first open water session (weather dependent) is Monday 13th May. More details to follow. Keep an eye on the club Viber and FB page for details.
Tuesday: Run session at Letterkenny Town Park
Run sessions will change to Tuesday nights commencing Tuesday 7th May and sessions will take place predominantly in Letterkenny Town Park. Warm up leaving Aura at 6.30pm; session starts at 6.50pm SHARP. Those who would like to meet up there, the meeting point is the chapel at St.Conal’s 6.50pm.
Wednesday: Swim session- Novice 7-8pm, Intermediate/Advanced 8-9pm
Thursday: Brick/TT Session- 9th May Brick Session – TT first bike off at 7pm SHARP at Foxhall
Marshals: Seamus Kelly, Karen Crawford, Suzie Bogan
Saturday: Club cycle from Aura at 9am- All members must have front and rear lights to take part in the club session.
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).
Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon
Shaun McDevitt 1:07:59
Stephen Sweeney 1:14:30
Natasha Adams 1:16:01
Ciaran Callaghan 1:20:09
Eamonn Patton 1:22:02
Christy Callaghan 1:32:51
Suzanne Bogan 1:33:45
Mary Harkin DNF
Shaun McDevitt 38:25 3rd
Ben Carr 44:52
Enda Carr 45:51
North West 10k
Paul Cullen 36:01 PB 13th overall 3rd M40
Gavin Crawford 36:30
Liam Tinney 38:01 PB
Paul Doherty 39:02
Terence Diver 39:42
Jason King 40:02
Fionnuala Larkin 42:25 PB
Brian Gormley 42:46 PB
John McFadden 42:59
Margaret Kelly 43:12
Philip Browne 43:15 PB
Ciaran O’Donnell 43:31
Conor McGlinchey 44:03
Mark Rodgers 44:05
Barry Foley 44:19 PB
Bronagh O’Gara 44:30
Anne Robinson 45:45 PB
Enda Carr 47:26
Kilian Nulty 47:43
Terence Quinn 47:53 PB
Ita McGettigan 47:59
Raj Mehan 48:18 PB
Emmet McClafferty 48:48 PB
Martin Robinson 48:57
Tommy Hill 48:58
Neil Barrett 49:20
Lucinda Gorman 49:42
Karol Harvey 49:43 PB
Rachael Stilvern 51:06
Desiree Casburn 52:05
Orla Nallen 54:07
Labhaoise Maguire 54:22 PB
Patrick Patton 54:25
Mary Harkin 55:13
Peter McLean 55:35
Fiona Temple 55:41 PB
Georgina Dill 56:30 PB
Patrick Kennedy 57:29
Fiona Gibbons 66:37
Educate Together NS 5K
Peter O’Donnell 16:32 PB Joint 1st
Gavin Crawford 17:30
Paul Dillon 17:49
Liam Tinney 17:57 PB
Terence Diver 19:18
Fionnuala Larkin 19:55 PB 1st Female
Paul Doherty 19:55
Conor McGlinchey 20:48
Rory Grant 20:57
Aidan McFadden 21:22
Eugene O’Donnell 21:58 PB
Niamh McDaid 22:12
Rory Kennedy 22:42
Patrick Patton 25:22
Raphoe Road Race 5K
Terence Quinn 23:06
Raj Mehan 23:07