There was a large turnout, of more than 300, for the 39th consecutive running of the Inter Firms 5K in Letterkenny on Tuesday. Fast times were plentiful, with the first 7 runners all recording sub 16 minute times and the  first 26  clocking sub 17.
The leading LAC runners were Danny Mooney, 15.21, and Pauric Breslin, 15.27. They finished 2nd and 3rd respectively with Conor Bradley winning the race in  15.08. Both had excellent runs, with Danny continuing his recent punishing race schedule and Pauric getting yet another PB. Pauric took 2 seconds off the time he recorded in last summer’s very fast Cranford course.
Ivan Toner ran 16.21 with Annmarie McGlynn finishing in16.26 to take the women’s prize with well over a minute to spare over the 2nd placed woman.
Liam Doherty finished in 16.42, Daniel Hannigan 16.47 and Adam Friel 16.48. Ciaran Crawford’s time was 17.19 with young Eoin Hughes, an excellent prospect, on 17.39.  Gerard McGranaghan clocked 17.45. Recent recruit, Martin Devenney, showed that he will be an asset to the club with a sub 18 minute time of 17.56. Niall Barry clocked 18.19 and Padraig Friel 18.23.
The 1st 3 M50 runners were all from LAC, with Gerry McMonagle on 18.25, Paul Cosgrove 18.56 and Barry Mackey 19.20.
Aidan McKenna ran 18.05,  Colly O’Donnell 18.32,  Ben George 18.52 and  Ciaran O’Donnell 18.53. John Hughes, club Chairman Michael Galvin, Maria Ni Mhaolagain,  Adrian Callaghan, Mark McFadden, Jane McGinley and Darren Beecroft all had excellent sub 20 minute performances.
There were a huge  number of other  LAC runners, who turned in fine  performances. However, as the event was Inter Firms, names of athletic clubs were not given. The winning team was LYIT, which included Danny Mooney and Ben George.
A large number of LAC personnel, in addition to other volunteers, put in a large amount of work to ensure the race was a resounding success. Race Director, Brendan McDaid, appreciates all the support he received on the night and during the build up.
Raymond Birch was rewarded for his intensive and conscientious training with his first race victory, when he took 1st place in the Ramelton 5K in 16.56. Paul McMonagle finished in 18.58,   Sinead Peoples 21.10 and Ben George 21.11. Marian Kerr took 1st place in the W40 category in 21.53. Richard Raymond also finished in 21.53, to continue his recent dominance in the M60 category.
Patricia McKenna clocked 24.48, Ruth McCrudden 26.06
Barry Mackey was the first LAC finisher in Friday night’s Newton Cunningham 5K. He came over the line in 19.41, giving him his 2nd sub 20 minute 5K in 72 hours. Kevin Moore, of Dublin club Dundrum AC, won the race in 16.35. Adrian Callaghan’s time was 21.14 and Ciara Finnegan clocked 21.24, which gave her 1st place in the  Junior Women’s category. Ruth McCrudden’s time was 26.50, which was her 2nd 5K in 24 hours.
Niamh McDaid competed in the Roe Valley Triathlion in Limavady on Saturday. It was Niamh’s first Triathlon and afterwards said that “it’s the first of many, I hope.”
Regular parkrun competitor, Peter McLean, managed a PB for the Letterkenny parkrun on Saturday. His time of 26.12 was the best of the 11 parkruns he has run in the 3 months since the inception of the event.
Ciaran Doherty had an outstanding run in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. He ran the 10K in 31.34, which gave him 18th place overall in a high quality field. He finished in 2nd place in the M40-44 category.
The ever consistent 400m specialist, Brian Boyce, turned in another excellent performance on Sunday. He ran in the Open Track & Field Meeting in Derry, where his time of 55 seconds gave him 1st place in the Masters’ category and 2nd place overall.
                                     Hugh Gallagher
                                          LAC PRO.
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