Letterkenny 24/7 triathlon club had a successful Sunday at the National Duathlon Championships in Burnfoot.
There were national medals for a host of 24/7 athletes on the day, with Aidan Callaghan 25th overall and clinching third in the 25-29 category, Mathew McDowell 33rd overall and second in the 20-24, Hazel Scorer 74th overall and second in the 35-39, Margret Kelly 70th overall and first in 40-44.
The race itself consisted of a 10km run, 40km bike and a 5km run. The club went into the race with high aspirations, with athletes of the calibre of Micheal Black, Adam Speer, Gavin Crawford, Aidan Callaghan and Margret Kelly all hoping to be at the business end of proceedings come the finish of the race.
Unfortunately after a very strong run and first 20km on the bike and in contention for a podium finish, Micheal Black had to pull out of the race with a puncture, with Adam Speer also having an unfortunate day, pulling up with injury after 2km of the final 5km run.
Gavin Crawford was best of the club members finishing in 10th overall and sixth in his age group, finishing off with a fantastic 16.48 5km which is good in any mans book, especially after a 10km run and 40km bike.
The big interclub race of the day took place in the male section of the 40-44 category where a fierce battle took place between three 24/7 athletes who were tit for tat the whole way round the course, but it was Nick Fowell who triumphed in eighth over Brian Ward in ninth and Paul O’Gara 11th, in what Brian’s first duathlon of this distance he can be happy with his performance on the day, and Paul O’Gara can also be very pleased, knocking 20 minutes of his previous time on this course. All that winter training seems to be paying dividends at just the right time as we approach the triathlon seasons which kicks off for a lot of athlete at the national championships in Kerry in three weeks time.
Club members Paul Harris, Cathal Wilson, Naill Mulrine and Cathal Roarty also had great performances with some PB’s on the bike that can be worked on and developed through the summer months.This was a tough and gruelling course that will stand to the athletes who took part and competed against the best duathletes in the country. It is safe to say the club held its own and did itself proud, well done to all that took part, onwards and upwards!!