A group of Donegal triathletes from the 24/7 Triathlon Club are heading off to London this week to take on the rest of the world.
Nine triathletes in all, eight men and one woman, begin departing from today (Monday) to compete at the 2013 World Age-Group Championships which are on from this Wednesday (September 11th) to Sunday (September 15th).
The team is made up of Margaret Kelly, Aidan Callaghan, Gavin Crawford, Paul Doherty, Micheal Duffy, Nick Fowell, Pauric Kelly, Padraic Mitchell and Cathal Roarty.
They will be competing in Sunday’s Olympic Distance Aquathon which is the highlight of the championship. The Olympic Distance event is made up of 1,500 metre swim, 40k cycle, 10k of which is in and around Hyde Park, which staged much of last year’s longer Olympic distance races.
Aidan Callaghan, is competing in the 30-34 age group, and was the 24/7 Club Triathlete of the Year in 2012. Aidan has enjoyed a very good season with wins in Rosses Point, Mullaghmore and Gartan.
Gavin Crawford (35-39) is the reigning Irish Defence Forces Champion and was also a national medal winner at Middle and Olympic distances this season.
Paul Doherty (35-39 age group), is having a very promising season with improved times all round and heads to London with wins in Gartan and Portnoo under his belt.
Michael Duffy (30-34), another of the club’s consistent performers and was in contention in every event he competed in this season. He took first place at the half-iron man race in Groomsport.
Margaret Kelly (40-44), the Irish National Olympic Distance champion for 2013, Margaret has had a brilliant 2013 season with four age-group wins.
Nick Fowell(40-44) is having a very good season capped with a first place finish at Mulaghmore and a silver medal place finish at Rosses Point.
Pauric Kelly (35-39), his best event in 2013 so far was in Lanzarote where he posted a terrific time of 12.22: 55.
Padraic Mitchell (55-59) very much the veteran of the group Padraic has once again been among the medals again this season. He won the Lough Ree Monster and the Ballyshannon Sprint.
Cathal Roarty (45-49), he warmed up for London with an excellent run and finish in Castlewellan last weekend.
They all qualified for the ‘Championship’ by finishing inside the top ten in their age-groups in the 2012 National series.