The sun shone brightly in Athlone on Saturday, as more than 1,000 competitors lined up for the Nation Triathlon Sprint Championships.
In the end it was Olympian Gavin Noble who succeeded, finishing in a time of 58mins 07secs smashing the old course record by nearly two minutes.
Aidan Callaghan from the Letterkenny 24/7 club was home in 5th place in time of 1hr 02mins 52secs, good enough for second in his AG.
Callaghan, who has had some success already this year, had a good swim and run section but still has work to do on the bike judging from this performance.
Gavin Crawford was home in 17th place and fourth in his AG, with the second fastest run split of the day only being ousted by eventual winner Gavin Noble.
Nick Fowell continued his run of good form with an impressive swim and bike combination to put himself well within the rankings in terms of AG prizes.
With the high temperatures and an up and down stream swim the organisers weren’t going to make life easy for the competitors.
Margret Kelly continued her return of good form finishing just outside the top 20 and third in her AG. Lisa Dalton, in what was her first race back after three months of injury, put in a decent performance to finish just outside the top 50, while Noelle Mollahan completed the course in 1:31:22 to place herself just shy of the top 100 competitors.
Tommy Hill and Adrian Wasson did well also while Pauric Kelly put in a solid performance on his return to racing after a short break from the sport to recover after Ironman Lanzarote.
Congratulation’s must go to Adam Speer and Paul Mc Intyre, who completed in Austria’s version of the event recently, both completing the course in under 11 hours.
This coming Saturday is the date for the clubs annual triathlon, at Gartan Lake in Churchill. The club are expecting close to 200 competitors to make their way to the event from all over Ulster and further afield. Race starts at 11am.