The 10th annual Crooked Lake Triathlon took place at the weekend, located in the picturesque village of Camlough just three miles outside of Newry.
The huge numbers taking part showed the regard the event is held in and also the level of support it has in its local area. Almost 500 competitors completed the event in the glorious sunshine and sometimes unbearable heat. Nick Fowell, Gavin Crawford, Aidan Callaghan, Cathal Roarty and Finn Begley from Letterkenny 24/7 Tri club made the trip north to compete in the National Series event.
Callaghan had another fantastic race finishing in second place behind Russell White although he will be slightly disappointed not to get closer to the top spot.
Indeed Callaghan did well to hold onto econd after making somewhat of a blunder on the swim, but compensated this with an excellent bike split 29.21 taking more than three minutes off his bike split from last year.
Crawford, too, had an excellent bike split coming in with exactly the same time as Callaghan. Crawford backed this up with an 18.08 run split finishing in seventh overall and second in his AG.
Nick Fowell backed up good performances in both Derry and Sligo recently finishing third in his AG. Finn Begley, in what is her inaugural year in triathlon, finished fourth in her AG and seems to be getting to grips with the skills and techniques involved in the three disciplines involved.
Cathal Roarty put in another good performance and is beginning to see the fruits of his labour, with his swim and bike really improving over the past number of months.
After being out with injury for most of the winter and spring months, Pauric Mitchell made a storming come back to triathlon, winning his AG in the Lough Ree monster sprint event in Athlone at the weekend.
Some club members also made the short journey to Mulroy bay over the weekend to compete in the Mulroy Bay challenge that took place on Saturday also. Dennis Shields had a excellent day, finishing in fourth, Adrian McGettigan was fifth, with Paul Dillon also finishing in the top 20.
Sinead Treaty will be happy with her comeback after a pretty nasty accident in May during the Roe Valley Triathlon. Other members that took on the challenge included, with Louise Roddy, Liam McGettigan and Adrian Wasson all doing well on the day.
Next up for most club members will be the Mullaghmore Sprint race in two weeks time, while Callaghan travels to Waterford on Friday for the Hook or by Crook Sprint race, which takes place in the seaside town of Dunmore East on Saturday.