Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Rio bound Olympian, Brendan Boyce, put on an excellent performance recenty in the World Cup in Rome. He recorded a time of 1h 24m 34s for the 20K walk. It was his 2nd fastest ever time for 20K and, also, the first time he had finished ahead of Corkman and fellow Oympian, Rob Heffernan. He showed that he is approaching peak form at the right time.
Dan King has been showing the athletes of Madrid how high the standard of running at LAC is. He is now living and working in the Spanish capital and recently won a 10.4KM cross country race in 34m10s. Dan described it as a “real cross county course with lots of mud”. He slipped at the start as he wasn’t wearing spikes so had limited grip. However, he recovered, reached the front, was on his own at 5K and won by 57 seconds.
There were a lot of good performances in Tuesday‘s Kilmacrenan 5K. In form Monica McGranaghan won the women’s race and did so in style by recording a PB of 19.26. Husband Gerard McGranaghan clocked 19.28. Another LAC runner in excellent form at present is John Hughes. He turned in a fine performance to take the M50 prize in 19.40.
Pol MacGiolla Bride ran 19.42 and Paul Lee 19.49. Noeleen Scanlan finished in 20.26 and 20.28.
Richard Raymond ran well and was the 1st M60 runner in 22.34, with fellow M60 athlete, Philip Connolly, on 23.32. There were fine peformances from Eileen Pinder and Mairead Pinder.
The conditions on the night were very warm and the race winner was Noel Diver of Rosses AC in 17.25.
Endurance specialist, Sean McFadden, emerged victorious from Saturday morning’s gruelling Wild Atlantic Adventure Race. He completed the W.A.A.R. course, which involved running, cycling, hiking, a second cycle and kayaking, in 2h17m54s.
Annmarie McGlynn had an excellent run in the 2K Steeplechase at the British Miler’s Club Grand Prix on Saturday. She finished 2nd in a time of 6m42s. This was a W35 Irish record. The race winner was her fellow Irish International runner, Sarah Treacy.
More than a dozen LAC runners ran in Sunday‘s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon. Danny Mooney, in 1.15.15, was the 1st LAC finisher in a race which was won by African athlete, Dan Tanui. Tanui, who also won last week’s Buncrana Half Marathon, finished in 1.06.09.
Natasha Adams had yet another outstanding run. She won the women’s race in an excellent time of 1.15.20, which was a PB by 1 minute. It is also the 3rd fastest half marathon by an Irish athlete so far in 2016. Natasha had targetted a sub 75 minute finish, which would have guaranteed her a place in the Irish team for the half marathon on Sunday July 10th, which is part of the European Athletics Champiobships in Amsterdam. However, she will still be hopeful of a call up. Paul McGlinchey, who has shown excellent recent form in long distance races, was the next LAC finisher in 1.15.26, which was a PB.
Another athlete in fine form is Raymond Birch, who also notched a PB, of well over 10 minutes, with an excellent time of 1.18.13. Kieran Crawford clocked 1.26.51 and Paul McFadden also came home inside 90 minutes with a time of 1.29.43. This was another PB. Paul Lynch’s time was 1.30.22.
Paul Cosgrove celebrated his 50th Birthday, with a time of 1.34.48. Monica McGranaghan completed the most successful week of her athletics career by achieving her 2nd PB in a week. Her time of 1.34.49 gave her a PB by 3 minutes 16 seconds and gave her 5th place in the women’s race. New LAC recruit, Martin Devenney, finished alongside his 2 club mates.
Kevin Kiely took 1st place in the M60 category in 1.36.07. Adrian Callaghan completed his 2nd half marathon in a week, finishing in 1.39.19. Eithne Cox ran 1.50.16 and Stella McCole 1.57.45.
Noreen McGettigan had a fine run in the Mondello Park Half Marathon in Co Kildare. She was the 2nd woman, in a time of 1.32.59. Speaking afterwards, Noreen said she felt good the whole way, despite the 20 degrees temperature.