The 2 Letterkenny Athletic Club runners in Tuesday evening’s Burtonport 5K, Eoin Hughes and Fionnuala Diver, did the club proud when they both put on winning performances in the west Donegal fishing village. Young Eoin had his first win in a senior race when he crossed the line in 16.08. Fionnuala, who consistently turns in quality performances, was the winner of the women’s race in 18.25.
Annmarie McGlynn’s superb form continued on Thursday evening in Owen Roes 5K in Co Tyrone. Her time of 15.53 saw her finish 2nd overall and the winning woman by a margin of more than 2 minutes over her nearest female challenger.
In Friday evening’s St Mary’s, Castlefinn 5K, young David Smith showed, like Eoin Hughes had done 3 days earlier, that the future of the club is in good hands. He was first Junior and 5th overall in an excellent time of 18.15. Finn Valley’s Oisin Gallen won the race in 15.15.
Mary Sweeney turned in another fine performance in Saturday morning’s Letterkenny parkrun. She set a new personal best time for the course, was 5th overall and was the first woman. Mary’s time was 21.34. Dedicated Letterkenny parkrunner, Peter McLean, recorded a time of 26.59 in his 53rd running the 5K course. Peter was 2nd in the M55-59 category.
Ivan Toner, a very consistent performer, took 2nd place in the Tommy McBride 5K on Saturday evening. Ivan clocked 16.26 for the 5K which went over the Mulroy Bridge, which connects the Carrigart area with the Fanad peninsula. Runners faced a strong wind for the first 3K and had the wind behind them for the latter part of the race. Inishowen AC’s David McMenamin won the race in 16.08.
Well over 200 runners competed in Letterkenny AC’s ‘Danny McDaid 15K’ on Sunday morning. First across the line was Karol Duggan, a man currently enjoying phenomenal form. Karol was a top teenage runner, took a long break from running and has now returned to running in his mid thirties. Karol won the race in a time of 51.14. Ciaran McGonagle’s time of 53.59 gave him 2nd place in the M40 category. Paul McGlinchey had a top 10 finish in a time of 54.42. Paul McFadden clocked 54.55.
Catriona Jennings had an excellent run and was the first woman in 56.04. Sean McFadden clocked 56.31 and Gerard McGranaghan 57.45. Fionnuala Diver’s good form continued and she was the 2nd woman finisher in 59.04. Martin Devenney clocked 59.12.
Martin Gormley crossed the line in 1.00.40, Kieran Coyle in 1.00.59, Barry Meehan in 1.01.41 and Barry Mackey in 1.02.55. Monica McGranaghan completed a LAC 1-2-3 in the women’s race in a time of 1.03.26. Pol MacGiollaBride finished in 1.03.39, Ciaran O’Donnell in 1.04, Aidan McKenna in 1.04.41, Peter Hamilton in 1.06.25, Paul Lee in 1.07.11 and Frank Pinder in 1.07.41 and Stephen Shiels in 1.08.01.
Sheila Regan, back from the USA for her annual holiday, clocked a time of 1.08.04. Kevin Greenan’s good form continued and he was the 1st M60 runner in 1.10.32. There were several other fine performances from LAC runners- Seamus Morrison 1.09.41, Marian Kerr 1.12.09, Adrian Callaghan 1.14.12, Jimmy McBride 1.15.57, Sinead Peoples 1.16.39, Margaret Shiels 1.16.46, Maura O’Grady 1.19.22, Philip Connolly 1.22.04, Brian Gallagher 1.23.04, Andrea McFeely 1.25.15, Naoise Enright 1.26.09 and Ciaran Liddy 1.26.16.
The race was an enormous success and Letterkenny Athletic Club is grateful to the Station House Hotel for sponsoring the event. The club also appreciates the help provided by the large number of volunteers who helped to make the race a success.