Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club launch ‘The Sheephaven Half’


This week, Letterkenny based Triathlon Club, Letterkenny 24/7 in conjunction with the Downing’s Bay Hotel, launched the newest addition to its race calendar. 

The Sheephaven Half, will take place in Downings on June 30th 2018.

The middle distance event, which consists of a 1.9km swim in Sheephaven Bay, 90km cycle which will take competitors through some of the most scenic areas of the county, including the Atlantic Drive, Carraigart, Milford, Rathmullan, Knockalla, Fanad and the Mulroy Bridge, before finishing up in Downings.

The 21km run 2 loop run is mainly flat and fast taking in Island Roy and Downing’s Pier. The run passes through the village on both loops and a party atmosphere is guaranteed.

Already interest is coming in from around the country, surely a sign that the demand is there for such an event.

The support of the community has been and will be key in making this event a success and race director Aidan Callaghan commented, “the event has the potential to be very successful in years to come, this year we want to get the organisation, atmosphere and event right, so that in the coming years, competitors from around the country, will want to travel and compete in the race”.

Barry Connor from the Downings Bay Hotel has come on board to help with the organising and sponsorship of the race.

He brings with him, years of experience in putting together events. This experience will only add to the success of the race.

The local community are asked to get involved in any way possible and make the race a yearly event going forward.

We already have agreement with Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, the local Coastguards and other local organisations who are more than willing to help out on the day and make the event a success.

The event is open for entries and more race details and information is available on sheephaven.letterkenny247.com or the race Facebook page.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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