Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual Awards Night was held on Friday night at Arena 7, one of the club’s generous sponsors.
The club has had a highly successful year, which made the task of choosing winners so difficult.
The list of winners is detailed below:
Male Cross Country- Ciaran Doherty.
Female Cross Country- Fionnuala Diver.
Male Newcomer- Anthony Doherty.
Female Newcomer- Noeleen Scanlan.
Male Athlete of the Year- Brendan Boyce.
Female Athlete of the Year- Annmarie McGlynn.
Male Track- Danny Mooney.
Female Track- Maria Mulligan.
Male Most Improved- Paul Cosgrove.
Female Most Improved- Monica McGranaghan.
Male Master Athlete- Raymond Birch.
Female Master Athlete- Marian Kerr.
Over 50s- John Hughes.
Captain’s Award- Annmarie McGlynn, Natasha Adams, Fionnuala Diver ( for the Irish Masters’ cross country victory.)
Club Person of the Year- Sean McFadden.
Letterkenny AC is appreciative of, and grateful for, the generous sponsorship from Diver’s Hyundai and The Radisson Blu Hotel. This allowed the club to have Ronnie Delaney, a high profile person and genuine legendary figure from the world of athletics as our special guest on the night. Diver’s Hyundai provided a courtesy car for the weekend. The Radisson Blu Hotel sponsored Ronnie’s stay.
On the same night, the Ulster Athletics Awards night was taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan. Race Walker Brendan Boyce was given a special award for having competed in the 50K walk at the Rio Olympics. Mark English also received an award for competing in the 800m in Rio.
Letterkenny AC’s cross country runners had a weekend off, which was much deserved after the heroics of recent weeks.
Cathal Roarty ran the Letterkenny parkrun 5K for the 4th consecutive week. Cathal’s dedication was rewarded as his time of 23.59 was his fastest so far for the course. His time gave him a 3rd place finish and first place in the M50-54 caregory. Peter McLean clocked 28.16; it was the 30th time Peter had done the event which only started 9 months ago.
Several LAC runners braved Sunday morning’s weather to run in the Remembrance 10K in Ballybofey. There were 518 finishers and 3 of the top 10 were from LAC. Paul McFadden crossed the line in 38.25, followed by Martin Devenney in 38.47 and Patrick Brennan, who has made an excellent recovery from the recent Dublin Marathon, in 38.54. Another Dublin Marathon runner, Seamus Morrison, clocked 41.47 . Adrian Callaghan, who also ran in Dublin, finished off a busy week and came home in 42.12.
Mark McFadden finished in 42.59 and recent recruit, Fionnuala Larkin, had a fine run to finish in 45.18. Stephen Shiels ran 45.50 and Paul Harris 46.08. Next were 3 LAC runners who came in together with Peter Gallagher on 46.40 and both Richard Raymond and Kevin O’Malley on 46.44.
Sharon Black’s time was 48.33 and Margaret Shiels finished in 49.35. Aidan McKenna did an excellent pacing job to ensure Bambi Doherty gained a new PB of 51.33. Philip Connolly crossed the line in 51.52.
All at Letterkenny Athletic Club wish to offer congratulations to club athlete Adrian Callaghan and his wife, Cathriona, who gave birth to a baby girl, Lisa, on Tuesday morning. Adrian is a well recognised figure in road races as he pushes his young son, Gavin, around in his buggy. Adrian will now have to choose between Lisa substituting for Gavin or, alternatively, purchasing a double buggy.
Letterkenny AC PRO.