Letterkenny AC Club Notes

January 2012

THERE will be a club meeting on Monday night at 8pm in Aura. All committee members are asked to attend. 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.

Three of Letterkenny AC's leading track athletes had good runs in the British Midland Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

Dan Mooney set a new personal best in the 1,500 metres when clocking 3.46.02 to finish second in the A race. His club mate, Ruairi Finnegan, posted a time of 3.50.79 in the same race. Dan King broke the four minute barrier in the B race when finishing in 3.59.

Peter Gibbons represented N.Ireland/Ulster U17 team in the Celtic Cross Country in Edinburgh last Saturday.

Well done to stalwarts, Pauric McKinney and Gary Crossan who finished 8th and 10th respectively in the Northern Ireland Masters Cross Country Championship’s last weekend in Scotstown. The other club competitors were: Aidan McKenna 59th, Noel Lynch 80th, Cathal Roarty 86th. Barry Meehan finished 28th in Intermediate Race.

The lotto numbers drawn last weekend were 10, 18, 19 and 24. There were four match two winners: Laurence Begley, Michael Carr, Austin Cribben and ‘Zico’. This weekend’s jackpot in The Glencar Inn is €980.