Gartan was the place to be last weekend where some of the top triathletes in the country took part in a triathlon event hosted by Letterkenny's 24/7 club.
Conditions were wet but not unpleasant for racing. Two races took place, a sprint triathlon and an Olympic triathlon.
The club got a pleasant surprise when Bryan Mc Crystal, the national Duathlon champion entered. Bryan is one of the top cyclists in the country as well as the holder of the Irish record for the Iron Man distance. He came out of the water in fourth place but then proceeded to have the fastest bike time by almost seven minutes.
His overall time of 1.55.21 is the first sub two hour time in the two year history of the race and will be a formidable record to break .
First 24/7 club man home was Gavin Crawford in fifth followed by Adam Speer and Peter O Donnell in 7th and 8th respectively
In the Women’s event Lisa Dalton was leading comfortably having put in a good swim and strong bike but an unfortunate mistake led to a disqualification and Margaret Kelly continues her unbeaten record in the race, improving five minutes on her time from last year.
Fin Begley was second female home, narrowly beating Cheryl Cardwell of the Triangle club from Limavady. Overall there were 71 participants and all acquitted themselves well in this demanding course.
The sprint race was dominated by the northern clubs in the men’s section with Rhodri Jones of Triangle beating Philip Castles of Tuna and Emmet Mc Mullen in third. First member home was Shane Mc Nulty in 14th place.
Similarly Anne Paul of Triangle beat Emma Jo Mc Connelogue of North west with Kerry Mc Grillen of QUB tri in third. First woman member was Catherine Mc Kinley in 27th place.
The sprint race was the first venture into an open water swim race for a lot of the 24/7 club members and they all acquitted themselves well.