A large number of runners competed in Tuesday’s Shaun Graham 3K. Race winner was top 1500m runner, Danny Mooney, who clocked 9.16. Annmarie McGlynn had an excellent run and her time of 9.35 gave her 3rd place overall and 1st place in the Senior Women’s category. Daniel Hannigan ran 9.57, with promising young LAC runner, Enda McBride, finishing in 10.21. Ciaran O’Donnell and Barry Mackey both ran 11.18, with Paul Cosgrove just behind them on 11.21. Monica McGrenaghan’s good form continued and her time of 11.38 resulted in 2nd place in the women’s race. Frances Judge was just 1 second behind, with Brian Boyce and Charlie O’Donnell both finishing inside 12 minutes. Liam Ferry, Jessica Judge Gallagher, Richard Raymond, Gerard Mullen and Brian McBride all clocked sub 13 minutes. Eugene McGettigan, carrying an injury from the 10K of 2 days earlier, ran 14.02.
2 LAC runners braved the 10K in last week’s Mooathon in Downings. Eugene McGettigan and Fin Begley both put in highly creditable performances on the very tough course. Fin ran 47.38 and Eugene’s time of 44.17 gave him 3rd place.
The new Cross Country season began with the Donegal  Masters’ Championship being run in Cardonagh in conditions much more favourable than Donegal cross country runners have become accustomed to in previous seasons. Both the men and women of LAC got the season off to a flying start, with tremendous individual and team performances. In form Fionnuala Diver was first home in the women’s race and also led the LAC team to gold medals. She received great back up from fellow counters, Monica McGrenaghan, Jane McGinley and Frances Judge. Their excellent packing, which saw them finishing 4th, 5th and 6th gave LAC a winning total of 16 points. Frances was also 1st in the O45 category. The 4 counters were well suported by Irene McFadden who also ran well. Overall winner in the men’s race was Ciaran Doherty, who led the LAC team to silver medals in the team event. Like the women, the men also packed well with Ivan Toner finishing 8th, Raymond Birch 9th and Brian Ferry 12th, giving the club 30 points.The 4 counters were well supported by John Hughes, Brian McBride, Sean McFadden, Michael Galvin, Ben George, Ciaran O’Donnell, Ciaran Coyle and Barry Mackey.
Hugh Gallagher finished the Grange (North County Sligo) 10K on Sunday afternoon in 46.22. He was 1st in the M60 category. The race was won by Sligo’s AC Richard Gorman in 32.38. Mary Cullen won the women’s race in a very fast time of 33.48, with Finn Valley’s Teresa Doherty 2nd in 36.50.
Brian Ward competed in a unique event, the Monaghan Phoenix AC Marathon Festival, at the weekend. The gruelling event involved back to back full marathons, one starting at 9.00am on Saturday with the second starting 24 hours later. Brian put in 2 exceptional performances, clocking 3.30.01 on Saturday and 3.48.49 on Sunday. Speaking afterwards, Brian expressed delight at his weekend’s work. His aim was to get a PB on Saturday, which he achieved. Brian was also happy with Sunday’s showing. He said that on Sunday, his legs were obviously not as fresh as 24 hours earlier. Brian was 3rd in the M40 category. He was full of praise for the organisers of the weekend event and described the course as brilliant.
Letterkenny AC held a very well attended AGM in the Station House Hotel last Monday, at which a new Officer Board and Committee were elected for 2015-2016.
Club members are reminded that club subscriptions are now due. It is hoped that newly elected club Registrar, Darren Price, will be shown the co-operation that will help him ease into his new role. Darren will be available on Tuesday October 6th at Aura Leisure Centre to receive payment from members. He will also be available on an evening  in November which will be announced closer to the date.
The club’s 43rd Annual Dinner & Awards night will be held in Arena 7 on Friday October 9th at 8.00pm. The special guest will be Greg Allen, RTE Sports Correspondent. Tickets are available from Danny McDaid.
                                  Hugh Gallagher
                                       LAC PRO.

 

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