Since its inception in 2012, the Glenswilly 5K has been one of the best supported of the Grand Prix events. Last Tuesday’s race was no exception, with 526 runners taking part.
Race winner was Danny Mooney, a man who is enjoying an exceptional summer. He crossed the line in 15.44. One of Donegal’s most consistent runners, Ivan Toner, was just 1 second behind. It was Ivan’s best performance of 2016.
Anthony Doherty ran 15.59, Liam Doherty 16.44 and Raymond Birch 16.58. Brian Ferry and the in-form Mark Diver both finished in 17.44. There were fine performances from several LAC runners who finished in sub 19 minutes- Patrick Brennan 18.20, Colly O’Donnell 18.29 and Ciaran O’Donnell 18.38.
2 LAC runners who have shown excellent form in recent months are John Hughes and Jane McGinley. John’s time of 19.29 saw him finish as the 1st M50 runner and Jane, who clocked 19.32, was the first woman.
Barry Mackey, a familiar face at races throughout Donegal, had a fine run and finished in 19.38. Philip McGee ran 19.52 and Marie Boyle, who has been in excellent form recently, had an excellent time of 20.00. She is now on the verge of attaining her aim for the season of running sub 20 minutes. Paul Sweeney’s PB successes continued and he finished in 20.04. Adrian Callaghan finished in 20.07.
Seamus Gallagher won the M60 prize with a time of 20.15. Naoise Enright, back from his soujourn in France following the Irish football team, finished in 20.29 and Stephen Shiels 20.42. Deirdre Diver ran 21.14, John Mullen 21.16, Richard Raymond 21.45 and Brian McBride 22.07.
Gerard Mullen clocked 22.35, Jude Hards 22.49, Shane McAteer 23.13, Philip Connolly 23.29 and Marie Mullen 24.17. Charlie Joe McGinley made a welcome return to the racing scene and came home in 27.41. Junior woman, Katie McGee ran 28.11 and Jimmy Gildea, a faithful LAC servant, finished in 29.42.
After the very well organised event, runners were able to partake of the abundant amount of food that had been laid on.
Track specialist, Brian Boyce, put on 2 excellent displays at the Ulster Masters’ Track and Field Championship in Belfast on Saturday. He completed his favoured distance of 400m in 55.31 seconds to finish in a highly creditable 2nd place. He took on the fresh challenge of 200m where he took 3rd place in 25.16 seconds.
Brian’s younger brother, Brendan, warmed up for the Rio Olympics with a time of 42m25s, and a 3rd place finish, in the 10K walk at the GloHealth National Senior Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium, Santry.
The scene is now all set for one of the highlights of the Irish athletics calendar- Letterkenny Athletic Club’s International Track and Field Meeting, which takes place at Aura Leisure Centre on Saturday July 2nd, starting at 7.00pm.
An excellent night of top class athletics is guaranteed.