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Letterkenny athletes at World age-group Triathlon Championships

From left: Paul Doherty, Michael Duffy, Pauric Kelly, Margaret Kelly, Gavin Crawford, Aidan Callaghan, Padraic Mitchell, Cathal Roarty [Nick Fowell not pictured]

NINE 24/7 club members have been selected to represent Ireland at the 2013 World Age-Group Triathlon Championships in London.

Taking place on a similar course to the 2012 London Olympics race in Hyde Park, there are sprint and olympic distance races, as well as a standard distance aquathon.

The course itself involves a swim in the Serpentine with a run looping around the same lake. The bike leg heads out through St. James Park and then along the Embankment and back, taking in all the classic London tourist landmarks: Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Parliament, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square.

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The aquathon took place on Wednesday morning with the Olympic distance race happening early Sunday 15th.

Club members qualified for the races via reaching a required standard in the 2012 National Series, so they have all performed impressively just to get to the start line.


AIDAN CALLAGHAN

Age group: 30-34

Race entered: Olympic distance, Aquathon

2013 highlights: 2012 Club Triathlete of the Year Aidan has gone from strength-to-strength this year, winning overall National Series races at Rosses Point and Mullaghmore, as well as a comfortable victory in our club race at Gartan.

GAVIN CRAWFORD

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Age group: 35-39

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: Club chairman Gavin’s already stellar off-bike running has improved even further this year, resulting in age group medals at both the middle and olympic distance National Championship races, and the overall win at the Ireland Defence Forces triathlon.

PAUL DOHERTY

Age group: 35-39

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: With much improved bike times this year, Sausy has had many promising results, including a triumphant victory over Nick Fowell at the club triathlon and a solid fourth place overall at Portnoo.

MICHAEL DUFFY

Age group: 30-34

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: One of this year’s most consistent performers, Michael has been in age-group medal contention in every race he has entered this year, culminating in a fine age-group win at the half-ironman distance race in Groomsport.

NICK FOWELL

Age group: 40-44

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: Another solid year from Nick has seen him take five age group medals, including a first at Mullaghmore, and a super-quick run into second place at Rosses Point.

MARGARET KELLY

Age group: 40-44

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: This year has seen four age-group wins for Margaret, including the Olympic Distance National Championships in Dublin. In the week prior to London, Margaret is heading to Las vegas for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

PAURIC KELLY

Age group: 35-39

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: Pauric raced Ironman Lanzarote earlier this year, finishing in a terrific time of 12:22:55.

PADRAIC MITCHELL

Age group: 55-59

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: Padraic is typically the club’s premier masters triathlete, and this year has been no different, with age group medals at the Lough Ree Monster and Ballyshannon sprint.

CATHAL ROARTY

Age group: 45-49

Race entered: Olympic distance

2013 highlights: Cathal is having a consistent year, improving on times in each discipline, with his build up to London culminating in an excellent performance at the Castlewellan National Series race last weekend.

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