Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual Turkey Trot was held last Sunday. Over 100 runners braved the freezing conditions.
This race is unique because the prize winners are not those who can run the fastest; it is those who can give the most accurate prediction of their time for the 5K. 2 runners, LAC members Fionnuala Diver and Niall Barry succeeded in both running a very fast time and getting their prediction exactly correct. Fionnuala continued her excellent form and ran 17.43; her fellow National School teacher had a strong run and came across the line in 18.00.
4 runners who were just 2 seconds outside their time, Dermot Brennan, Hugo Daly, Paul Dillon and Gerard Bogle, were also winners of their Christmas dinner as well as 3 runners who were 3 seconds away, John McElwaine, Eugene McGettigan and Gerard Marley. That left just 1 turkey. However, as 4 runners, Martin Kerr, Shaun O’Donnell, Mark Diver and Darren Beecroft, were 4 seconds outside their prediction, the club generously gave out 13 turkeys.
First runner over the line was Finn Valley’s Mark McPaul in 16.05, followed by accomplished Triathlete Aidan Callaghan, who clocked 16.07. Next were LAC men Danny Mooney in 16.16 and Ivan Toner who ran 16.33.
The performance of the day probably came from Ciara Finnegan who took 39 seconds off her PB to finish in 19.19. In taking more than 3% off her PB of 19.58, the teenager showed once again that LAC’s future is in capable hands and that, like mother Louise and brother Ruairi, she is a quality athlete.
John Hughes notched up his 3rd PB in 2 weeks, by taking 1 second off his recently set PB. In form John ran 19.42.
Letterkenny Athletic Club is grateful to all those who helped in making the Turkey Trot a success.
Earlier in the week, on a cold Tuesday night, well over 100 runners turned out for JJ Reid’s Movember 3K, with LAC runners to the fore. Danny Mooney finished in first place in a time of 9.23, with fellow LAC man Pauric Breslin just 3 seconds behind. Brian Ferry clocked 10.01 snd Sean McFadden 10.06. Brendan Finney came home in 10.26. The 1st three runners in the M50 category were all LAC runners- prolific racer Barry Mackey showed that he is carrying his excellent summer form into winter by finishing in 11.23, with Gabriel McCrossan on 11.38 and Seamus Gallagher 11.58. 2nd M40 Paul Cosgrove, 1st W45 Frances Judge and Ciara Finnegan, who was 1st Junior Woman, all finished in the same time as Gabriel McCrossan.
Monica McGranaghan’s good form continued and her time of 11.43 gave her 1st place in the W35 category. Another of LAC’s bright young prospects, Jessika Judge Gallagher, was 2nd Junior Woman in 12.35. Niamh McDaid had a strong run and clocked 12.54, with Belinda McArdle 4 seconds behind. Sharon Black finished in 17.06 and long time LAC member Jimmy Gildea picked up 1st prize in the M60 category in 18.20.
‘On Saturday, in the the Rudolph Run 10K at Eskra, near Omagh, Annmarie McGlynn had a tremendous run and won the women’s event in 35.01. Martin Gormley had a strong run and clocked 40.23. The overall race winner was Stephen Duncan of Omagh Harriers who ran 32.23, to finish more than 2 minutes clear of his nearest challenger.’