Letterkenny Athletic Club’s 43rd Annual Awards Night was held on Friday night in Arena 7, one of our generous sponsors. The guest speaker was RTE Sports Correspondent, Greg Allen.  In the women’s section, the awards were as follows:
Most improved athlete: Jane McGinley.
Road athlete: Natasha Adams.
Track athlete: Annmarie McGlynn.
Cross country athlete: Fionnuala Diver.
Athlete of the year: Annmarie McGlynn.
Newcomer: Eithne Cox
Performance of the year: Annmarie McGlynn.
Male-
Newcomer: Michael Galvin
Masters: Barry Mackey
Most improved: Pauric Breslin
Track athlete: Danny Mooney
Road athlete: Ivan Toner.
Cross country athlete: Raymond Birch.
Athlete of the year: Brendan Boyce.
Performance of the year: Ciaran Doherty.
Captain’s award: National Road Relay teams (3 teams, comprising Sinead Peoples, Natasha Adams, Annmarie McGlynn, Jane McGinley, Irene McFadden, Fionnuala Diver, Ivan Toner, Sean McFadden, Ciaran Doherty).
Club person of the year: Bernie Walsh.
For the second consecutive weekend, it was a highly successful day at cross country for LAC ladies. Following  on from last week’s victory in the Donegal Masters’ Cross Country, LAC had a fantastic day at the Donegal Novice in Stranorlar on Sunday. Like last week, the overall race winner was a LAC runner, this time Nakita Burke. Nakita had excellent support from her 3 fellow counters- Jane McGinley was 3rd and showed why she was a prize winner at the Awards Night on Friday. Next was 5th placed Maria Mulligan, followed by 6th placed Deirdre Diver, who has shown tremendous form in recent months. Excellent packing gave LAC 1st place with 15 points and a mammoth  21 point gap over 2nd place club, Finn Valley. The 4 counters were given solid back up by Maeve Callaghan, Marian Kerr and Ruth McCrudden.
The men of LAC also put up a tremendous showing. Daniel Hannigan was 3rd, behind the Finn Valley duo of Mark McPaul and Dermot McElchar. Pauric Breslin, newly returned from the USA was 6th, Barney Ferry was 18th and Niall Barry 31st. These 4 men earned LAC 58 points, which helped the club emulate last week’s 2nd place. Finn Valley won the team event. Ben George, Darren Price, Paul Cosgrove, Barry Mackey, Paul Lee, Charlie O’Donnell, John McFadden and John Hughes provided excellent backing for the 4 counters. Every runner played an important role and this was emphasised by the fact that LAC had only 1 point to spare over Rosses AC in the quest for silver medals. Like last week, the race was run in perfect conditions.
Last weekend, Anne marie McGlynn had an excellent run while running for her English club, Thames Valley Harriers, in the English Road Running Association’s Women’s 4 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham. She ran the 1st leg in a time of 14.22 which left her club in 3rd position. They finished in 7th position, with Annemarie’s time being the 4th fastest of the day.
LAC man Garvan McCloskey, who now lives in New York,  achieved a highly creditable time of 3.24.00 in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Garvan’s time meant he finished 150th out of the 1912 runners in the M50-54 category, which placed him inside the top 8% in his category. Kenyan Dickson Chumba won the race in 2.09.25. The race also saw Fionnuala Britton run 2.33.15, which is inside the Olympic qualifying time. A Kenyan- Florence Kiplegat- also won the women’s race, in 2.23.33.
Letterkenny Athletic Club wishes to extend deepest sympathy to Sean McBrearty and family on the death of his father. Con McBrearty R.I.P.
                                  Hugh Gallagher,
                                      LAC PRO.
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