The Boyce brothers, of Letterkenny Athletic Club, were both in action a week last Sunday in widely divergent events and more than 2500 KM apart. 400m specialist Brian had a highly creditable 5th place finish, with a time of 55.28 seconds, in the AAI games at Santry.
Rio bound younger brother, Brendan, warmed up for the Olympics at the IAAF Challenge in Coruna in Northern Spain. He recorded a time of 1.26.33 for the 20KM race walk.
Over 200 runners took to the line on Tuesday night for the Letterkenny Gaels 5K. Pauric Breslin’s excellent form continued. He was a convincing winner in a time of 16.03 and he finished 37 seconds clear of 2nd placed Ciaran McGonigle, who was getting a final race in just 5 days before the Derry Marathon. Liam Doherty, who has shown excellent recent form, was 3rd in 16.48. Next LAC finisher was Ciaran McBride, who clocked 18.01, followed by Marcus McClintock on 18.59.
Brendan Finney’s time of 19.16 gave him 1st place in the Junior Men’s category. John Hughes’ fine form continued and he picked up another M50 1st prize in 19.27.
2 other LAC runners had good sub 20 minute performances- Michael Galvin 19.36 and Barry Mackey 19.49. Frances Judge’s time of 20.19 saw her claim 1st prize in the senior women’s category. Seamus Gallagher clocked 20.29, Marion Kerr 22.20 and Megan Skinnader 24.50. Marion Kerr has shown excellent form over the past few months and she was 1st in the W40 category.
It was good to see Diarmaid Doherty back in competitive action and he finished in 27.04. There were also good performances from Jimmy Gildea and Ruth McCrudden.
On Thursday night, the ever consistent Ivan Toner ran 16.41 to take 2nd place in the ‘Joe Houston Memorial 5K ‘, organised by Cappry Rovers FC. John McElhill of Finn Valley AC was the race winner in 16.30.
Barry Mackey ran 19.50 to notch up yet another M50 1st place.
7 LAC women travelled to Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday for the Women’s Mini Marathon (10K). The journey was worthwhile, with all 7 putting on good performances. Natasha Adams’ ran 34.35, which gave her 2nd place overall. Fionnuala Diver finished in 38.02. Monica McGranaghan got yet anothet PB with a time of 41.12, meaning that, in the past few weeks, she has set PBs at 5K, 10K and half marathon. Jane McGinley was just behind her, on 41.44. Marie Boyle clocked 42.42, with Frances Judge beside her on 42.43. Deirdre Diver crossed the line in 44.50.