Margaret qualifies for Worlds after classy display in Germany

European Half Iron man Triathlon Championships

Margaret qualifies for Worlds after classy display in Germany

Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlete Margaret Kelly has qualified for next year's World 70.3 Triathlon Championships in America after another fantastic performance at the weekend.

Margaret was one of six Letterkeny club members who travelled to Wiesbaden in Germany for the 70.3 European Championships.

She finished an impressive sixth in her category and as a result is now through to the World Championships which will take place in 2017 in Tennessee.

Last weekend's race in Germa ny was a tough event, very hilly and technical. There were two debutants from Letterkenny 24/7 taking part with four more experienced members.

Brendan Meenan put his recent injuries behind him and had to contend with a dropped saddle for 30k but raced well.

The other debutant Evelyn Boyle battled well also.

John Cannon went out as the Irish champion in his age group and coped well in his first race back after a bike fall. Clara Quigley also did extremely well considering she has missed a lot of training through illness.

Club veterans Margaret and Pauric Kelly as always set the standard with Margaret's sixth place in her category the highlight of the weekend.

Closer to home there was another 70.3 race in Dublin. Fergus Callaghan in his first 70.3 race did an exceptional time as did Peter O’Donnell both comfortably breaking five hours .

David Harvey just missed out on a sub five hour race followed home by Jonathan Edwards, Killian Nulty, Gavin Harris, Graham Parker and Paul McNulty. Killian has now to set a new target as 5.30 is history.

In the Caroline Kearney Olympic race in Mullingar John Conaghan won his age group and Martin Donnelly showed no side effects from his exertions in Sligo the previous week. Adrian Crawford made his debut at this distance and narrowly failed to beat three hours.

Most people are happy to complete a half marathon but Patrick McNulty completed a Quadrathon which is four half marathons over four days. He got quicker as the race went on which is a great achievement. He was 15th overall.

Results:

European Half Iron man Championships

735th Patrick Kelly 5.53.38 (97th in category)

880th Margaret Kelly 6.06.05 (6th in category)

1083rd Clara Quigley 6.26.56 (25th in category)

1126th Brendan Meenan 6.32.03 (125th in category)

1179th Evelyn Boyle 6.38.40 (27th in category)

1278th John Cannon 6.56.12 9(16th in category)

Dublin Half Iron Championships

70th Fergus Callaghan 4.38.32

107th Peter O’Donnell 4.47.32

193rd David Harvey 5.00.24

432rd Jonathan Edwards

471th Killian Nulty 5.24.38

639th Gavin Harriss 5.35.06

948th Graham Parker 5.58.47

1358th Paul Mc Nulty 6.47.22

Caroline Kearney Olympic

34th John Conaghan 2.17.19 (1st in age catregory)

99th Martin Donnelly 2.27 (13th in age category)

312th Adrian Crawford 3.03.29

Ballyare 10 k

2nd Gavin Crawford 35.11

19th Shane Mc Nulty 39.34

24th Padraic Mc Cafferty 41.38