Aidan Callaghan travelled to Nice, France to compete in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships which were held on Sunday.
Aidan qualified for the championships after his superb performance in the 2018 Dun Laoghaire Ironman 70.3 in which he finished 7th overall and winner of the M35-39 age category.
Aidan has had frustrating 2019 dealing with some injuries but he worked extremely hard in the lead up to this event and it paid off with a brilliant performance on Sunday.
As always Aidan had a very strong swim. Exiting the water in 27:07, Aidan went onto have an impressive bike split of 2:43:24- on what was a very challenging bike course.
The half marathon to finish took competitors through the historic Promenade des Anglais waterfront. Despite the very hot temperatures, Aidan had a brilliant run of 1:27:15 to complete the event in a total time of 4:44:04.
Speaking after the event, Aidan said the course was brutal and although disappointed with his run was happy to end his season with the result. Well done Aidan on another fantastic result.
Altan Adventure Race
Closer to home the Altan Adventure Race took place in Creeslough on Saturday. In the 72k Challenge event, 247 had three competitors taking part. Gavin Harris was the first member home in an impressive time of 4:15:18. Tom Murray returned to competitive action after his recent Ironman Copenhagen and performed well with an overall time of 4:43:12. Mary Harkin was the sole 247 female representative and crossed the finish line in a fantastic time of 4:53:08.
Wednesday Swim Sessions Update
We are delighted to confirm that we have been able to add an additional lane for 14-16yr old club members to our 7pm Wednesday swim sessions.
Please note same rules as our Saturday session apply- MUST be accompanied by a parent.
Club members who are currently in the 8pm session must remain in this session. Sessions are determined by TT times to ensure you are in the correct session- please adhere to this and attend your allocated session only.
Additional Lane will be in place from Wednesday 19th September.
10th Birthday Bash & 2019 Awards Presentation
Save the date- The club’s 10th Birthday Bash and 2019 Awards presentation will take place on Saturday 9th November at 7.30PM in McGettigan’s Hotel, Main Street, Letterkenny. Tickets €25. Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for more information.
The Club’s AGM will be held on Friday 18th of October in the Mulroy room at the Education centre in Saint Conal’s hospital at 7.30pm. All members welcome.
Nominations are invited for Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and eight committee members.
Please email nominations to club secretary Anne Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday 16th October. Any motions to be discussed at the AGM must also be sent in by this date.
The club are also seeking new members for our 2020 Race and Junior Committees, please also email Anne if you are interested.
Further club Notes
All members are encouraged to contact club PRO Fiona McDaid if they are competing in events and want to be included in club notes. It is great to see so many members take part in events each week so please submit your results. Results can be sent to 0879044287.
Club training continues as follows:
Monday: Run sessions will return to Monday nights at the Track at Aura Leisure Centre on Monday 9th September at 7pm.
Wednesday: Swim session- Novice 7-8pm, Intermediate/Advanced 8-9pm.
Additional Lane for 14-16-year-olds will be in place at 7pm sessions from Wednesday 19th September.
Thursday: Long run Thursdays leaving from Aura 6.30pm.
Saturday: Club cycle from Aura at 8am- All members must have front and rear lights to take part in the club session.
Saturday Swim sessions will recommence on Saturday 7th September at 6pm. Additional lane added for 14-16yr old club members- MUST be accompanied by a parent (please note prepayment does not cover Saturday swim).
Ironman 70.3 World Championships
Aidan Callaghan 4:44:04
Altan Adventure Race
Gavin Harris 4:15:18
Tom Murray 4:43:12
Mary Harkin 4:53:08