4 Letterkenny Athletic Club runners turned in exceptional performances for the Republic of Ireland’s team in the British and Irish cross country International on a muddy Santry course on Saturday. 75% of the Irish W35 team was made up of LAC runners and they won gold medals in their category. Annmarie McGlynn was runaway winner of the overall race and was given superb back up by 2nd O35, Natasha Adams, and 4th placed Fionnuala Diver. Their team finished a huge 11 points ahead of the 2nd placed English team. Annmarie will now go into Sunday’s Inter Club championship, also in Santry, full of confidence. Another performance like Saturday’s should be enough to clinch her a place, for the 2nd consecutive year, in the Irish team for the European cross country championship, which will be in Hyeres, in south eastern France, on December 13th.
Ciaran Doherty also had an excellent run and was 3rd in the M40 category. In the process, he helped the Irish M40 team to gold medals.
The quintet of Donegal runners was completed by the amazingly consistent, Pauric McKinney, a former LAC stalwart who now competes for Inishowen AC. Pauric was 1st in the M50 category and led the M50 team to silver medals.
More than 20 LAC runners competed in Sunday’s Remembrance Day 10K in Ballybofey. The race won by Finn Valley’s Gerard Gallagher in 33.35, with 3rd placed Pauric Breslin being LAC’S 1st finisher in 34.27. Paul McGlinchey’s time of 36.49 showed that he has recovered well from his Dublin Marathon exploits of just a few week’s earlier. Gerard McGranaghan ran 38.21, with Aidan McKenna running 40.05, Paul Cosgrove 40.48 and Padraig Friel, Barry Mackey and Monica McGranaghan all having good runs and finishing in sub 42 minutes. Paul Lee, Marie Boyle and John Hughes all ran sub 43 minutes. John McFadden ran 44.12, Gabriel McCrossan 44.24, with Sharon Black running 45.33 and husband Jason 45.49.
Margaret Shiels and Eilish McClafferty were under 48 minutes and Patricia McKenna and Richard Raymond achieved sub 50 minute finishes. Philip Connolly ran 50.59, Eithne Cox 53.23 and Declan McCallion, Ruth McCrudden and Andrea McFeeley were all under 57 minutes.