The countdown is well and truly on for Sunday’s Sun 4 Minute Mile Challenge which is being hosted by Letterkenny Athletic Club at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Leisure Centre.
A top class line up of athletes will feature, with the action getting underway at 1.30 pm.
Last year, a number of athletes came extremely close to breaking the magical four minute barrier for the mile at the official opening of the Danny McDaid Track. This time around the organisers are confident that the first ever sub four minute mile will be recorded in Donegal at around 3.30 on Sunday afternoon. Entry fee is five euro, with children being admitted free.
The feature event is the Arena 7 Men’s Mile. This race will include seven sub 4 minute milers, along with a host of athletes who are on the cusp of the magical 4 minute barrier. USA’s Craig Miller, Tommy Schmitz, Matt Elliott, Eric Finan, Kyle Merber and Jon Peterson will be taking on Kenya’s Vincent Mutai and Reuben Bett, New Zealand’s Hamish Carson, Belgium’s Ali Hamdi and Gibraltar’s Harvey Dixon. Ireland’s challenge will be led by Letterkenny’s own and Commonwealth Games bound Danny Mooney, who will be looking to upset the odds with a hometown victory.
Mark English will compete in the Tobin’s Men’s 800m and along with many other athletes coming to Letterkenny, will be using the competition as preparation for the European championships in Zurich in August.
Well done to Ivan Toner who chalked up yet another victory in the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Road Series when taking the win in Termon on Friday night in a time of 15:46, with his Letterkenny AC club mates Pauric Breslin and Barry Meehan second and third in 16:24 and 16:47 respectively. Next up on the local circuit is the Rathmullan 5K on Friday night which has a 7.30 pm start.