Two young Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club athletes took part in the Eton Dorney Championships in London on Sunday.
Christine Russell and Orlaith Fogarty, who finished first and third respectively in the Irish Nationals a couple weeks ago, headed off in the hope of gaining valuable experience racing against the world’s best and most competitive underage and junior athletes.
Both equipped themselves very well and finish 19th and 21st respectively in the sprint distance race.
Next year will be very significant for the girls in that they will be eligible to train with and race against senior athletes in the national series sprint events.
On Saturday a group of 24/7 athletes headed to the County Down village of Castlewellen for the latest instalment of the National Series.
In the beautiful surroundings of Castlewellen park the race kicked off in the cold and very choppy waters of the lake.
Aidan Callaghan was first of the 350 athletes to exit the water but was caught on the bike by eventual winner Charles Maltha, who put in a blistering effort.
Callaghan finished the race in seventh and will be buoyed by this after a disappointing 11th last week in Dublin.
Hugh Gallagher and Pauric Kelly continued their development and raced well having a terrific battle with Gallagher catching and passing Kelly on the run with only 30 seconds separating the pair at the finish.
Donagh O’Sullivan put in a good bike split to finish just outside the top 100, while Paul O’Gara, Paul Dilion and Cathal Roarty all had good races.