Three Lifford AC athletes took part in last week’s Belfast International Athletics Meet at the Mary Peters Track in the city.
Fresh from her exploits as part of the Irish Women’s team at the European Team Championships in Estonia, Lifford AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn was back in action, this time at the shorter 800m distance. While McGlynn is more renowned for her achievements over the 3000m and 5000m, the event in Belfast was used as a sharpening up exercise in speedwork. In a fast race and quality field, the Strabane based athlete crossed the line in a fine time of 2 mins 09.42 secs to take 11th place behind Hanna Tarver of Edinburgh AC (2 mins 02.72 secs).
Conor McGinley and Charlie McElwaine took to the starting line in the Invitational Boys u15 800m. In another very fast race, McGinley finished a very fine 2nd place in a new personal best time of 2 mins 13.15 secs, knocking almost two seconds off his previous best. Sean Corry of Omagh Harriers was the runaway winner in 2 mins 07.65 secs but very encouraging from a Lifford AC viewpoint was the very strong run of Charlie McElwaine in 4th place in a time of 2 mins 16.70 secs, another personal best performance by quite some margin.
Meanwhile Lifford AC had two teams in action at the All Ireland Juvenile Relay Championships held in Tullamore at the weekend. The u16 Boys team of Brandon Connolly, Tom Mullen and the McGinley brothers, Alan and Conor, qualified for the final of the 4 x 100m event where they finished a very respectable 6th place in 48.79 seconds against top quality opposition. The event was won by Leinster outfit, Menapians AC in an outstanding 44.92 seconds, a Championship Best Performance.
The u17 Girls team of Nicole Cuskelly, Shannon Craig, Shannon Russell and Alisha McLaughlin also finished in 6th position in the final of the 4 x 100m in a commendable time of 55.47 seconds behind winners, Emerald AC of Limerick.
This weekend, the attention turns to the first weekend of the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore, where Lifford AC have a number of athletes in action, all hopeful of All Ireland success.