Several Letterkenny Athletic Club runners made the short journey to Ramelton on Tuesday night for the Scoile Mhuire 5K. The race was extremely well organised, in every respect, by LAC runner Frances Judge and her hard working team. Just 1 day earlier, Frances herself had picked up 1st prize in her age category in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin.
Danny Mooney was the winner of the 5K. Danny set a new course record of 14.47. He is more renowned as one of Ireland’s foremost 1500m track runners but has been in scintillating form all summer in road races. The next 2 finishers were both LAC runners, Paul McGlinchey and Ivan Toner, and they finished together in 16.00.
Mark Diver was next on 17.24. Colly O’Donnell, who is in excellent form, clocked 18.04, to take 3rd prize in the M40 category. He was closely followed by Marcus McClintock on 18.11 and Ciaran O’Donnell, 18.49. Paul Cosgrove’s time of 18.39 gave him 1st place in the M50 category.
Paul Lynch finished in 19.12, followed by John Hughes, whose time of 19.25 gave him 2nd place in the M50 category. Sinead Peoples finished in 19.45 and was the winner of the women’s race. Paul Sweeney had another good run and came home in 20.08. Irene McFadden was 2nd woman in 20.15.
Richard Raymond’s recent domination of the M60 category continued and he won his age group in a time of 21.29. Hugh Gallagher finished in 21.49 to take the 2nd M60 prize. Another LAC M60, Jimmy McBride finished in 22.15. Margaret Shiels’ time was 22.03, Nakita Burke 23.26 and Pat McKenna 23.43. Margaret was 1st W40 and Pat was 3rd W40.
Kieran Crawford ran 17.16 on Wednesday night to finish in 4th place in the Carrigans 5K. Noreen McGettigan’s time was 21.58. The race winner was Foyle Valley’s Johnny Canning in 16.47.
Endurance specialist, Sean McFadden showed his versatility when he stormed to victory in Thursday night’s Ballyraine NS 5K. Sean crossed the line in 17.50. 2 ‘LAC Pauls’, who are currently in excellent form, Paul Lee and Paul Sweeney had good times, clocking 20.00 and 20.27 respectively.
Stephen Shiels was the next LAC finisher in 21.07, followed by Niamh McDaid in 21.54. Catherine McKinley ran 22.00 and Marion Kerr 22.05. Sharon Black’s time was 23.41 with Ruth McCrudden on 26.47, Hannah Hopkins 27.13 and Amanda Toland 30.50.
On Friday night, Noreen McGettigan ran 22.12 and was the first W40 runner in the Donoughmore National School 5K.
Paul Lee was in action again just 36 hours after the Ballyraine 5K, when a time of 21.00 gave him a 2nd place finish in Saturday morning’s Letterkenny parkrun.
There has been a proliferation of 5K races in Donegal recently, so Saturday evening’s Buncrana 10K provided a different challenge to runners. The race was won by Foyle Valley AC’s Scott Rankin in 32.19. Raymond Birch, who has been in excellent form recently, was the 1st LAC runner in 36.52. He was followed by Kieran Crawford, who clocked 37.01.
Colly O’Donnell continued his good form, and his time of 39.40, gave him 2nd place in the M40 category. Ciaran O’Donnell had an excellent run to take 1st prize in the M45 age group. Fellow M45, Darren Beecroft, notched a new PB, with his 42.19 finish. Paul Sweeney, in his 3rd race in 5 days, crossed the line in 43.47 and Adrian Callaghan in 44.56.
Liam Doherty took 1st place in the Scoil Eoin Baiste 5K, Carrigart, which took place on Sunday afternoon. Liam ran an excellent time of17.22. Fellow LAC runner, Gerard McGranaghan, took 2nd place in a time of 18.06.