Letterkenny Athletic Club Notes

Over 100 runners braved the cold, wet conditions in Kilmacrennan on Sunday morning to take part in the inaugural ‘Kilmac 10’. The event was superbly organised by LAC man, Gerard McGranaghan. First across the line was LAC runner, in form Eoghain McGinley, with an excellent time of 33.13, 20 seconds clear of his closest challenger, City of Derry’s Greg Roberts. Danny Mooney was 5th in 36.34, Raymond Birch 6th in 36.57 and Sean McFadden 7th in 37.11.
Pauric Breslin came home in 38.35, Kevin McGee in 39.20, Kevin Kelly in 39.25 and Patrick Brennan in 39.30. John Hughes was 1st in the M50 category in 43.08 and Darren  Beecroft was 3rd in the same category in 43.24.
Peter Gallagher clocked 44.21 and Paul Lee 45.12. Catherine McKinley was the 1st F40 runner in 45.32. She was also the first woman overall. Martin Temple finished in 45.52, Stephen Shiels in 47.00, Noel Lynch in 49.25, Niamh McDaid in 53.17.
The route for Saturday morning’s Letterkenny parkrun had to be amended due to underfoot conditions. Nakita Burke was the first woman, and 2nd overall, in 21.17. Ryan Bradley was the leading JM10 runner in 21.19. Liam Ferry clocked 23.05. Paul Lee was the leading M50 runner in 26.20. Kieran Coyle also crossed the line in 26.20. Frankie Pinder clocked 27.34, Cathal Roarty 28.03 and Lee Gildea, in his first Letterkenny parkrun, 29.03. Eileen Pinder’s time was 31.31.
2 of Letterkenny AC’s most promising athletes, Donal Farren and Matthew Johnston were, during the week, selected to run for the Northern Ireland and Ulster team in the UK Inter Counties Cross Country. The 2 runners, both of whom are coached by Teresa McDaid, will run for the Junior Men in the event, which will take place in the grounds of Prestwold Hall,  Loughborough on the 10th March. They will be competing against the counties and districts of England, Scotland and Wales.
                                       Hugh Gallagher.
                                           LAC PRO.