Runners in last Tuesday’s Burtonport 5K were faced with temperatures touching 30 degrees. However,there were still a lot of quality performances and, as in many of the Grand Prix events this summer, Letterkenny AC runners were well represented when the prizes were being handed out.
Danny Mooney was first across the line in a time of 16.04, with Ivan Toner taking 3rd prize in the Senior Men’s category in 16.34. Enda McBride showed that the club’s future is in good hands, with an excellent time of 16.56, which gave him 1st place in the Junior Men’s category. Raymond Birch clocked 17.20 and Sean McFadden 18.04.
Fionnuala Diver has had a very successful summer and her time of 18.23 gave her 2nd place in a very competitive senior women’s race which was won by Catherine Whoriskey in 17.02. Junior Man, Donnachadh Parkinson came home in 19.05 and Jane McGinley’s time of 19.47 gave her 3rd place in the women’s race, to contine her highly successful summer. John Hughes’ time was 19.58.
Colly O’Donnell finished in 20.31 and Barry Mackey in 20.52. Deirdre Diver clocked 21.29, Paul Sweeney 22.21, Danny Sharkey 23.05 and Meabh Devenney 32.33.
Just 2 evenings later, in the St Paul’s Church 5K in Ramelton, Ivan Toner showed his immense powers of recovery by taking 1st place in an excellent time of 16.06. In weather conditions that were in contrast to Tuesday, LAC runners had another very fruitful evening. Liam Doherty ran 16.45 and Kieran Crawford 16.57 to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Sinead Peoples took 1st prize in the Senior Women’s category in 19.25, closely followed by Jane McGinley, with her 2nd podium finish in 48 hours, in 19.28. Richard Raymond continued his excellent success in the M60 age group with a 1st place finish in 21.28. Marion Kerr was the 1st W40 runner in 21.54 and Jimmy McBride had his best run of the season in 21.55. Ben George was the 2nd finisher in 22.58.
Donal Farren and Rayan Maguella both turned in excellent performances in the Junior Mile at the Morton Games in Dublin on Friday evening. Donal’s time was 4.29 and Rayan’s was 4.42. Matthew Johnston’s time in the 800m was 2.05, with Matthew having run 2.02 in the Dublin Graded Meeting earlier in the week.
Nakita Burke’s excellent form continued on Friday evening, when she notched up another PB in the Red Hugh’s 5K in Ballybofey. Her time of 18.16 gave her 4th place overall and 1st place in the women’s race. Irene McFadden’s consistency was rewarded with another sub 20 time of 19.36. Margaret Shields was another LAC runner who achieved a PB. She ran 21.21, with Eilis McCafferty just behind, in a time of 21.31.
Peter McLean chalked up his 17th Letterkenny parkrun on Saturday morning. His time of 26.24 was just 12 seconds away from his best time for the course.
Malin, in northern Inishowen, was the setting for Sunday’s 5K. Martin Gormley was 6th overall and 1st in the M50 age group in a time of 19.21. The 2nd M50 runner was Barry Mackey in 20.33. Naoise Enright’s time of 21.40 gave him 2nd place in the M40 category. The race winner was City of Derry Track Club’s John Paul Williamson in 16.57.
Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual 15K will be staged on Sunday July 31st. This event provides runners with an opportunity to race over a distance rarely run in Irish athletics. The race starts at 11.30am and registration will be in Aura Leisure Centre.