City of Derry Triathlon launched

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly pictured at the City Hotel for the launch of the City of Derry Triathlon. Included, are Karl Vekins,  Northwest Triathlon Club president Paul McGilloway, race director, Aileen Reid, Des Brown, Firmus Energy, sponsors, Conor Eannetta, Triathlon Ireland and Austin Cutliffe, treasurer. DER0514SL001
The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly pictured at the City Hotel for the launch of the City of Derry Triathlon. Included, are Karl Vekins, Northwest Triathlon Club president Paul McGilloway, race director, Aileen Reid, Des Brown, Firmus Energy, sponsors, Conor Eannetta, Triathlon Ireland and Austin Cutliffe, treasurer. DER0514SL001
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Following the hugely successful inaugural triathlon last year, it has been announced that the firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon will continue in 2014 and take place on Sunday, July 13th next.

Organised by the North-West Triathlon Club and supported once again by the local natural gas company, this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better with more than 600 places up for grabs. “This event will see experienced triathletes taking part alongside participants who are joining in for fun,” said Race Director at NWTC, Paul McGilloway. “Either way, we believe that they will feel a tremendous sense of achievement by taking part.

“The triathlon comprises a 750m open water swim in the River Foyle followed by a 20 kms. closed road cycle culminating in a 5 kms flat run which takes in key attractions around the city including the iconic Peace Bridge. We are delighted that, after more than 30 years of the NWTC, our sport is more popular than ever and we will be encouraging even more people to take part.”

For more information including training tips, exciting competitions, athlete profiles and a forum for to share training progress, visit www.firmusenergytriathlon.co.uk where there will also be a link to register for the event and details on the nominated charity, Foyle Search and Rescue.

Sarah Lindsay produced a terrific performance in Lurgan Park on Saturday to take the runners-up spot in an exciting women’s combined Intermediate & Masters 4K.

Out-run only by Omagh’s Michelle Strum the Foyle Valley athlete came close to adding to her NI&Ulster Novice title won impressively at Gransha back in November and looks a definite talent.

She added team silver after great back-up runs from Martina McMullan, Charlene McIntyre and Denise McElhone as the purple vests split winners Omagh Harriers and bronze medallists City of Derry Spartans.

The latter were fronted by Aoife Laverty in her first championship race out of the Juvenile ranks.

And the Thornhill student was ably backed up by an impressive Ciara Fraser, Janeen Lesse and Camilla McGranaghan as both local clubs celebrated.

Camilla McGranaghan made it double bronze as a member of the Spartans Masters squad who finished third behind Lagan Valley and Finn Valley.

Delighted

Fronting that success was Hannah Shields who had a stormer with Jackie McGinley close behind and Claire Connor absolutely delighted to clinch her first ever Provincial medal as the fourth and final scorer.

The male Spartans finished fifth team in the “Junior” race, their squad led home in a group sprint finish by Shane McGowan and Noel Logan, 19th and 21st, either side of Pius McIntyre.

Connor Doherty 30th and Michael Melarkey 32nd were next for the red vests.

And Michael Murphy 54th and Mark Mullan 59th completed the scoring six, in what was one of the biggest field of runners seen at this championship in many years.

Inishowen AC stalwart Pauric McKinney ran very well to claim individual silver behind the male Masters winner Stephen Duncan of Omagh Harriers.

Former Waterside Half Marathon supremo Duncan has just got back to race action after a long time out with illness and looked very good on the testing muddy course in Lurgan.

Paul McCafferty was the best of the local masters in action.