The Donegal road racing season moved into top gear on Sunday afternoon in searing heat in Letterkenny. The annual North West 10K attracted a huge number of runners and walkers. Eoghan McGinley had a tremendous run and his time of 32.39 was good enough for 2nd place. Eoghan was just 18 seconds behind race winner, City of Derry AC’s Conor Bradley. Ciaran Doherty clocked 35.38, Sean McFadden 37.26, , Paul McFadden 37.33, Kevin McGee 37.57 and Pauric Breslin 38.26.
Liam Doherty showed his immense powers of recovery; on Saturday afternoon, he won a duathlon in Rathmullen and he finished the NW 10K in 39.22. Patrick Brennan’s recent good form continued and he came home in 39.47. Darren Price showed that he has recovered from his injury problems by crossing the line in 39.54. Martin Devenney also recorded a sub 40 minute time, 39.57.
Martin Gormley’s time was 40.08, Liam Ferry 40.51 and Kevin Ferry 41.11. Fionnuala Diver was the 3rd woman in 41.19. The next woman was Monica McGranaghan in 41.34. Barry Mackey clocked 41.41, Peter Hamilton 41.53, Brian Ferry 42.03, new LAC recruit Pat Brady 42.37, Ciaran O’Donnell 42.54, Michael Galvin 43.04, Stephen Shiels 43.07, Paul Lee 43.15, Frank Pinder 43.33, Paul Cosgrove 43.53, Shauna McGeehan 45.01, Peter Gallagher 45.34, Paul Gibson 48.11, Mary Sweeney 48.13, Noel Lynch 48.43, Gerard Mullen 49.04, Phil Boyle 49.22 and James McBride 49.51.
The legendary Danny McDaid- who could comfortably beat 30 minutes at his peak- went round in 51.15. Dara Dunne finished in 51.13.
There was a thrilling finish to Tuesday evening’s Letterkenny Educate Together National School 5K. Sean McFadden finished in 2nd place in 17.13.9 but was only 0.7 second behind Gavin McFadden. Monica McGranaghan won the women’s race in a time of 20.11. John Hughes and Peter Gallagher both had fine runs with John crossing the line in 20.20 and Peter just 2 seconds adrift. Pat Brady finished in 20.40. 2 men who recently ran in 2 of the world’s top road races, Paul Lee and Darren Beecroft, both had good runs. Paul, who ran the London Marathon, clocked 21.08 and Darren, who ran the Boston Marathon, finished in 21.24.
Catherine McKinley, Marie Boyle, Kevin Greenan and Barry Mackey all had good runs and finished inside 22 and a half minutes. Shauna McGeehan clocked 22.59 and junior athlete Ciaran Coyle 23.51.
Liam Ferry set yet another best time for the Letterkenny parkrun when he finished Saturday’s event in 19.47. Liam was 2nd to Garreth McCullagh, whose time was 18.09. Cathal Roarty was the leading M50 runner in 24.39.
Ann-marie McGlynn has been chosen as one of the 4 women team who will represent Ireland in the European 10000m Cup. The event will take place in London on May 19th. The other 3 women on the team are Shona Heaslip, Fionnuala Ross and Emma Mitchell.
The winning Lotto numbers on May 3rd were 2. 3, 18, 21. There were no jackpot winners. 4 Match 2 winners – Charley Kane, Irene McFadden, Margaret Doherty and Alex Callaghan- won €20 each.
Letterkenny Athletic Club’s very popular annual Inter Firms 5K will take place on Tuesday May 15th. The race starts at 7.30pm and registration will take place at Aura Leisure Centre, 5.30-7.15pm. Chip timing will be provided by North West Timing. The entry fee is €8. The event is once again sponsored by Hickey, Clarke and Langan Insurance Brokers. The club is grateful to Hickey, Clarke and Langan for their continued, generous sponsorship.