Lifford AC’s Ann Marie Glynn added another national medal to her collection this week when she competed in the 5000m at the National Senior Track and Field Championships at the Billy Morton Stadium in Santry on Saturday last. McGlynn was a brilliant second to Maria McCambridge of Dundrum South Dublin AC in what turned out to be a real tactical battle from the start. With McCambridge running comfortably out in front, it was Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC who fought it out with the Lifford athlete over the latter stages for the silver medal. However, with the speed garnered from some recent races over shorter distances under her belt recently, it was to be McGlynn who secured second position on the podium with a fast finish to come home in a time of 16 mins 41 seconds.
Lifford AC also had a number of runners competing in the Burtonport 5k last Tuesday. Daniel Hannigan was 5th overall in 16.30; Sean Dudgeon 11th in 17.10; Bill Duncan 17.30 (1st Over 45); Paul Kelly 17.43; Kevin Harkin 17.46; Martin Devenney 18.02; Mark Donaghey 21.15; Amanda Monaghan 21.45 (2nd Woman Over 45); Jacqui Timoney 22.29; Rachel Friel 22.33. Meanwhile, in Derry at a 3k on Tuesday night, Ann Marie Mc Glynn & Natasha Adams set the standard with 1st & 2nd in times of 10:11 and 10:13 respectively with Darragh Crossan coming home in 10.10 and Maurice Sharkey in 10.31.
On Sunday, three Lifford AC runners competed in the Malin 1 mile roadrace. Darragh Crossan was 4th in the mile in 5.00, Brandon Connolly won the juvenile mile in 5.33 while Ben Connolly was 2nd in the u12 in 7.30.
Well done to Fiona McGinley, Braade, who performed well in the Gaelforce Women’s Adventure Event in Killary Adventure Centre, Co Galway last weekend. Well done to Dennis Forker, Carrickfinn, who won the Gola Island 5k last Saturday and to Anne Harkin, Carrick, Gaoth Dobhair who was 2nd in the ladies event. Well done to Helen McCready who was 8th lady in the triathlon at the weekend in Narin. This was her first attempt at a triathlon and no bother to her. Well done to all the Rosses and Gweedore athletes who took part in the Burtonport Festival 5K especially the Fit4Life group, many of whom were taking part in their first race. It was great to see the large turnout at the Burtonport 5k with all the Rosses AC vests on display.
Date for the Diaries: Saturday 3rd August, Martello Adventure Race, Maghery, 12pm. Sunday 11th August, Columba Doherty Memorial 5k, Gweedore, 1:30pm. Tuesday 13th August, Doohary 5k, 7pm. Friday 16th August, North West Cancer Support Group 4k, Carrickfinn, 7pm.
Well done to Mark English who set a new personal best time of 1:44.84 to finish in sixth place in the men’s 800m in London at the anniversary games on Friday night. Mark, who making his debut in the diamond league meetings, set off the early quick pace which saw the leaders go through the bell in 49.54 seconds. He powered powered down the finishing straight, picking off the world class athletes ahead of him, to finish in sixth place and secure the A standard for the world championships.
Brendan Boyce won gold at the national track and field championships on Sunday in the 10k walk in a time of 42:40.
Mark English, fresh from his top class run on London, placed second in the 400 metres in a time of 47:27 to Brian Murphy of Crusaders (47:14). Darren McBrearty picked up a bronze medal in the 800 metres when posting a time of 1:50.20. The was won by by Paul Robinson of St Coca’s AC in 1:48.92, with Ferrybank’s Niall Tuohy second in 1:50.03.
In the 3,000 metre steeplechase, Kieran Doherty was fourth.
Meanwhile, Ivan Toner was the winner of the Drumhalla 5K on Friday night in 16:31. Brian Crossan was second in 17:15, with Conal McCambridge of North Belfast Harriers third in 17:30. Sheila Regan on Letterkenny AC was the fastest woman home in 21;03.
The numbers drawn in the club’s weekly lotto were 16, 18 19 and 22. The four match two winners were Kenny Chambers, Pauric McKinney, Sudney Hunter and Eugene O’Donnell. This weekend’s jackpot will be 510 euro.
The club will be bag-packing in Tesco in Letterkeny on Friday and Saturday. All contributions welcome.
Hospice Race/Walk in Mullaghmore
The Hospice Race/Walk over 3 mls. will take place in Mullaghmore on Sunday August 11th at 5pm. It has been an annual event since 1997 and the needs of the Hospice are as great as ever.
The Race is one lap of Mullaghmore Head, starting outside the Pier Head Hotel where the entries will be taken (thanks to John Mc Hugh) and finishing on the safety of the Village Green. The entry fee is 10 euro and entries will be taken from 4pm. Te/Coffee will be available free to all participants after the event at the Pier Head, courtesy of the Hotel.