Callaghan and Kelly top of the class in Gartan

Aidan Callaghan was top of the class at the Letterkenny 24/7 triathlon that took place at Gartan last weekend.

Aidan Callaghan was top of the class at the Letterkenny 24/7 triathlon that took place at Gartan last weekend.

With competitor numbers up on the previous year and the sun shining in the sky, the race promised to be as competitive and exciting as any in the country. Spectator numbers were also boasted with the Churchill fair taking place on the same weekend adding to the buzz and excitement around the course.

Clubs from all over Ulster and Connaught were represented in the 140 strong field of competitors, but it was a clean sweep for the Letterkenny club who took the top three places at the finish in the men’s race with Callaghan in first, Gavin Crawford then second and Alan Mitchell third. In the womens’ race the Letterkenny club were also very well represented with Margaret Kelly first, Hazel Scorer second with Catherine Kerr in third.

Indeed in both the men’s and womens’ race the eventual winners lead form the start of the putting time between themselves and their competitors in the swim and holding onto this throughout the race.

Although Crawford in second did close the gap to 41 seconds Callaghan did enough to take his first win, in what is his second full season at triathlon. For Margaret Kelly this is another in a long list of successes showing her class and talent in the sport.

As well as the adults, the next generation were also competing on Saturday morning, with two kid’s races taking place prior to the adult’s race. A total of 30 children took part in both the short and long distance races.

In the short race top sport went to David McGinley, with Shauna McFadden runner-up and Ciaran Nicholas in third. In the long race Kirsty McIlwaine took the top spot with David Green in second and Orlaith Fogarty in third.

Indeed well done and congratulations goes to all the kids that took part on the day, an absolutely excellent effort put in by everyone and some of these will surly be champions of the adult racing scene in years to come.

It was a hugely successful day for the club and everyone that took part did so in the correct spirit, with locals coming out to show their support and help with the organising of the event, which will now hopefully go from strength to strength over the coming years.