IRONMAN Barcelona: The Triathlon Club Stories IRONMAN Barcelona is hugely popular with Irish triathletes, with large numbers choosing to travel to Spain for the challenge of completing a long distance triathlon. This year almost 300 Irish athletes made the journey to Calella, just outside Barcelona, to race on Sunday, 7 October. Long distance triathlon is, as the name suggests, the longest course in triathlon. Athletes must complete a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and a 42.2km run. Galway top of the tri clubs in Division IVGalway Triathlon Club had 22 members cross the finish line at IRONMAN Barcelona, winning DIV IV in the IRONMAN TriClub Programme. The Age Group Ranking Points System (AGR) calculates the points of the athletes based on the race finish time behind the first finisher in his/her age group, with the divisions decided by the number of athletes competing from each club.This is a great achievement for Galway Triathlon Club and well done to all club members involved. Members who completed were Daragh Molloy, Mark Breen, Rob Lennon. Martin Divilly, Ger Cuddy, Derek Joyce, Jonty Daly, Colm Hawe, Bernard McDermott, Marie Boyle, Pat Diranne, Valerie O'Gorman, Ian McDonald, Carmel Coyne, Andrea Concannon, David O'Donnell, Cara Gleeson, Jonathan Gibson, Ray Foley, Rachel Scott, Brian Clancy and Sarah King.Tri-ing to make a differenceTwenty-one members of Athy Triathlon Club raced in Barcelona to raise funds for charities including Peter McVerry Trust and Mental Health Ireland among other local charities. For 16 of those athletes it was their first time racing this distance, a huge undertaking and a massive achievement for all. Congratulations!For more information and to donate, please click here.Tri-Lakes triathlon club support inspirational memberAnother club with an inspirational IRONMAN Barcelona story to tell is Galway based Tri-Lakes Triathlon Club. 11 members took to the start line of the race to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Among these was the inspirational Caroline Heffernan, who herself has Cystic Fibrosis. Caroline completed the race in just over fifteen hours, hear more about her story in the below interview with Joanne Murphy.For more information and to donate, please click here.clean sweep of the podiumCongratulations must also go to June McMinn, Theresa Barnett and Siobhan Greer, who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their age category at IRONMAN Barcelona!