Letterkenny AC Club notes

February 2012

Pride of place this week undoubtedly goes to young Ruairi Finnegan and Mark English. Ruairi (16) finished in the top ten in the 1500 metres World Youth Championship’s in Lille, France on Sunday smashing his personal best time by two seconds (3.48.58) placing him tenth in the world. Ruairi is off to Turkey next for the European Youth Olympics.

Meanwhile, Mark English smashed the 400 metres Irish record at the Under-19 juvenile championship’s in Tullamore. Mark ran a superb time of 48.02 and his time bettered the 1988 times of Brendan Murphy with 48.62. This also broke the long standing Donegal record held by Paul Dolan of Ballyshannon for more than forty years.

Good luck to coach Teresa McDaid and Darren McBrearty who are in Ostrava with the Irish Under-23 team.

On the local circuit Ivan Toner finished second in the John G Giles Memorial 4 mile race in Cranford on Friday night. Ivan, who leads the Grand Prix series finished in a time of 22.52 followed by Michael Black (23.18) and Joe English (8th 25.01), Glen Duncan (14th, 25.56), Noreen McGettigan (15th,26.33), Padraig Friel (16th,26.48), Kevin Toner 17th,(26.55), Paul Cosgrove (20th, 27.42), Lee Gildea (21st, 27,48), Richard Raymond (26th, 28.29) and Gerard Mullan (27th, 28.30).

Well done also to the ever improving Irene McFadden who ran 30.30 on a very tough course and Laura Corbett who ran 36.15.

Tonight the action is in Churchill for the 5k starting at Glebe Gallery at 7.30pm. The numbers drawn in the lotto were 8,15, 18 and 19. There were four match four winners; Austin Cribben, Bronagh Doherty, Derek Sweeney and Noel McGuigan. Next weeks jackpot is 750 euro.