A large number of Letterkenny Athletic Club runners took part in Tuesday night’s Convoy 5K. As has been the case in most of the Grand Prix events, LAC runners were at the sharp end of the race, won many category prizes and some chalked up PBs.
Danny Mooney had 1 second to spare over LAC club mate, in-form Pauric Breslin. Danny won in 15.20 and Pauric’s time of 15.21 gave him yet another PB.
Ivan Toner, Daniel Hannigan and Paul McGlinchey all had top 10 finishes in sub 16.20. Kieran Crawford, who has shown great consistency in recent weeks, clocked 17.00. Another in-form runner, Mark Diver, came home in 17.21. Remarkably, this was not only a PB on the night; it was the 4th consecutive race in which he had achieved a PB.
Martin Devenney had another good run to finish in 17.48 and Eoin Hughes, an excellent prospect, was the 1st Junior Man in 17.54. Aiden McKenna finished in 18.03 and Marcus McClintock 18.19. Barry Mackey picked up another M50 1st prize in 19.13. John Hughes good form continued and his time of 19.16 was another PB and gave him 2nd place in the M50 category.
Irene McFadden ran 19.25 to finish 3rd in the Senior Women race. Frances Judged notched up another M50 victory in 19.45 and Seamus Gallagher took 2nd place in a very competitive M60 category in 19.57. Naoise Enright, who had run a 10K PB in Buncrana just 3 days earlier, ran 20.00. Paul Sweeney took more than a minute off his 10K PB in Buncrana.
Adrian Callaghan and Marie Boyle finished together in 20.14. Stephen Shiels ran 20.43 and Catherine McKinley 21.44. Richard Raymond has been in good form in recent weeks and he crossed the line in 21.48. Patricia McKenna finished in 22.04 and Philip Connolly in 23.09.
Liam Doherty chalked up his second win in 4 days in the Loughside 5K. It was a tough course, between Ramelton and Letterkenny. Liam had an excellent time of 17.22. Fellow LAC runner, Barry Meehan, was 3rd in 18.29. One of the features of the race was the large number of LAC runners competing in the Junior Men/Women category, which augurs well for the future of the club. Billy Black ran 20.27, Oran Kelly 20.47, Ronan Kelly 21.05 and Tiegan Smith 22.23. Sharon Black’s time of 22.51 gave her 1st place in the W40 category. Junior runners, Rowan Smith, Eva Black and Aimee Bonner all had impressive runs.
Paul Lee’s good run of form continued with a time of 19.14 in Friday night’s Meenreagh 5K. Margaret Shiels clocked 21.31 and Noel Lynch, continuing his comeback after an accident in last year’s Strabane Lifford half marathon, finished in 21.55. Foyle Valley’s Stephen Connor was the race winner in 15.39.
Regular Letterkenny parkrun competitor, Peter McLean, ran his 13th parkrun on Saturday morning in 26.42.
Donegal Airport, Carrickfin, was the setting for Saturday’s ‘Donegal Runway 5K’. Barry Meehan, in his second race in 48 hours, was 2nd in a time of 17.45. The very consistent Fionnuala Diver ran 18.11 to take 1st prize in the women’s race. She was also 4th overall. Bridgeen Doherty and Fidelma Mullany both finished in 25.22 and Ruth McCrudden in 26.12.
Hugh Gallagher was 3rd M60 in Sunday afternoon’s ‘Streets of Sligo’ 5K, in a time of 23.27.
Brian Boyce had an excellent run in the Ulster Senior Track and Field Championship. He ran 55.26 seconds for a 5th place finish in the 400m. Super fit Danny Mooney had a busy day. He did his first Category 1 Triathlon, the Firmus Energy Triathlon in Derry, in which he put on a tremendous display. He then finished 2nd, to training partner, Conor Bradley, in the 1500m at the Ulster Championship. There were also good performances from Donal Farren and Matthew Johnston.
Cathal Roarty and Niamh McDaid performed well in the Derry Triathlon.