Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual New Mills 10K was held on Sunday morning. The overnight time change gave athletes the luxury of an extra hour of rest before the race and the fast times at the sharp end of the race showed that the hour was put to good use. Foyle Valley’s Keith Shiels was 1st home in a very fast time of 32.27. He was followed by Eoghan McGinley, from Donegal, but now running for Rathfarnham WSAF, in 33.02. The next 2 runners, Pauric Breslin and Ivan Toner, were both from LAC, and ran 34.36 and 34.48 respectively. Brian Ferry had an excellent run, finishing in 36.45 and Raymond Birch clocked 37.43, with John Conlon on 38.22. Darren Price had planned to run in the Dublin Marathon but an injury at a key time during the build up caused him to abandon his plans. However, Darren showed that his training is now going well again by running 39.03. He is now hoping to run a Spring Marathon. He was closely followed by Marcus McClintock on 39.10. Jane McGinley’s excellent form continued, finishing as 1st Senior Woman in 40.39, just outside her PB. Paul Cosgrove and Padraig Friel were just behind Jane, in 40.46. Nakita Burke’s time of 41.30 gave her 2nd place in the Senior Women’s category and she was followed by 3 LAC runners- Kieran Coyle 41.40, Frances Judge 42.08 and Paul Lee 42.22. Frances was 1st in the W40 category. If there had been a prize for the most improved runner, it would have gone to John Hughes, who clocked 42.59 and, in the process took 4 minutes off his time in last year’s New Mills 10K. Gabriel McCrossan had a strong run and completed his first race in 2 years in 43.26. Naoise Enright ran 44.11 and Hugh Gallagher’s time of 45.27 gave him 1st place in the M60 category. Jason Black ran 45.40, Liam Ferry 46.05 snd Sharon Black 46.07. Richard Raymond ran 47.24 to take 2nd prize in the M60 category. The big Kerryman showed great courage to complete the race as he was suffering greatly, due to the effects of dental surgery 2 days earlier. There were also strong runs from Ciaran Liddy and Phil Boyle.
The 10K was superbly organised and thanks should go to Race Director Brendan McDaid and his team, as well as Neilly McDaid and his team of hard working stewards. An Garda Sichonna and the Red Cross ensured the safety of the event. The runners were also well served by Bernie Walsh and Jenny Kelly, who worked a long shift to look after runners’ post race sustenance. LAC is very grateful to the staff of Aura Leisure Centre, for their valuable assistance and co-operation.
4 LAC runners took on the challenge of the Dublin Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday and all of them put on excellent performances. Paul McGlinchey ran 2.47.30 and was 24th in the M35 category. Garvin Walker clocked 3.07.59, Kevin Greenan 3.51.46 and Ann Malone 4.41.12.
The race winners were teenage Ethiopian Alemu Gemechu in 2.14.02 and Ukranian Nstaliya Lehonkova who ran 2.31.08.
Club Registrar, Darren Price, will be available to accept payment of members’ subscriptions, at Aura Leisure Centre, from 6.00 pm on Tuesday October 27th and Thursday October 29th.