Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club hosted the annual sprint Triathlon sponsored by Stateside Restaurant in the scenic surroundings of Gartan Lake.
The 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run race was attended by nearly 170 competitors.
“We seem to get a good mix of first time triathletes experienced competitors,” Race director, Graham Parker said.
“We would hope to get close to or above 200 entries next year then we can think about applying for a National Series branded event.
“The National Series brand would attract some of the top triathletes from all over the country to the race, which would be great for the club and the area as a whole”.
The race was won by Letterkenny man Aidan Callaghan, coming home in 59.09.
In second place was Lorcan Healy of Omagh Tri Club and third place went to Peter O Neill, also of Omagh.
In the woman’s race it was Anne Paul from Triangle Club who took the honours in 1.10.47 with Taryn Mc Coy from the peninsula club and Catherine Kerr.
The race of the day took place between a host of Letterkenny natives, Paul Doherty 11th, Nick Fowell 12th, Team Bull Rely team 13th (Adrian Wasson, Sean Mc Fadden, Irene Mc Fadden) and Hugh Gallagher 14th.
In the end the Nick Fowell was caught and passed by Paul Doherty, who himself is starting to move in the right direction coming into the business end of the season.
With a great swim Nick Fowell lead the group out of the water, closely followed by Paul Doherty and Adrian Wasson of the team Bull relay team.
On the bike Sean McFadden edged out the relay team.
Doherty caught Powell in the final 500 metres taking the line and bragging rights by a total of three seconds. Hugh Gallagher was pushing hard throughout but just couldn’t bridge the 60 gap that had opened on the bike.