New Year 5 Mile Run

January 2012

MICHAEL Black stormed to victory in the inaugural 5miles New Year run in Letterkenny on Sunday. The local sporting fitness businessman and chairman of LAC clocked a superb time of 26.48 to take the honours, a minute ahead of club colleague, Ivan Toner (2nd – 27.36) and 24/7 Triathlon club member and well known local coach, Adam Speer (27.44).

A total of 108 athletes put their toes to the line for the race and despite a stiff head win in the first section of the race the route produced very good times.

The ever improving, Noreen McGettigan of LAC, won the senior womens race finishing 28th overall in a time of 32.25. The Kilmacrennan based athlete was ahead of club colleague Margaret Kelly (36th overall) in a time of 33.18 while Maria Boyle took third place in the women’s race with a time of 33.50.

Elsewhere, the evergreen and inspirational Kevin Toner was first Over-60 finishing 27th overall in a time of 32.13 while Marty Gormley (17th overall in a time of 30.08) ahead of well known local financial consultant, Garvan McCloskey (31st- 32..38).

Popular John Daly (12th overall- 29.46) was the first man home in the Over-40 category ahead of the improving Ciaran O’Donnell (23rd- 31.35).

It was a very pleasing result for Ciaran on two fronts as he was one of the key organisers and brainchild behind staging the event.

“We’re delighted with the turnout. It goes to show the appetite for good quality racing and there are more and more people getting into the sport which is great to see,” he said.

Special mention must be made of husband and wife team, Seamus and Marjorie Morrison who along with their young son, Darragh, competed. Roll on a promising year ahead for all three.

Full results will be available here shortly