Congratulations to Precious Aduaka and Tara Carr on their medal winning performances at the AAI National Juvenile indoor Championships. Both girls returned home from Athlone IT last weekend with bronze medals. Tara added a bronze medal to her vast collection in the U19 High Jump while Precious won her first ever national medal in the U12 Shot Putt.
This weekend David Smith was in action in U14 800m. He came home with a silver medal. He started off strongly, sitting in 2nd at the end of first lap, but as pace increased on lap 2, he began to slip back, falling as far as 7th at one stage and seemed to be struggling. However, with about 300m to go, he suddenly found another gear and rapidly picked off runners in front of him, getting back to 2nd place by the bell. Unfortunately, that was just as Cian McPhilips (Longford A.C.) kicked for home and in a matter of seconds he was away and clear. David gave chase but didn’t have enough left to narrow the gap appreciably, settling for defending 2nd place from Naas A.C.’s Michael Lawlor, which he managed to do reasonably comfortably in the end. He finished in 2 min 17 secs, knocking over seven seconds of his previous PB.
It was great to see LAC athletes being rewarded for their hard work with medals, PBs & qualifications for finals.
Well done to our medal winners and to all the athletes who participated over the two weekends.
The deserving cause of Marc’s Budapest Fund was the recipient of the proceeds of Thursday’s Divers Hyundai 5K. Sean McFadden showed that he has recovered from ‘The Race’, the recent gruelling, stamina sapping event that he won, when he emerged as the winner, in a time of 17.10. He was followed by 4 of his LAC team mates, Raymond Birch, with 18.00 and Darren Price, Mark Diver and Ryan Maquella, all of whom ran sub 19 minutes. Colly O’Donnell, Troy Hegarty and Paul Cosgrove all ran sub 20 and Barry Mackey’s 19.57 was good enough to get him 1st prize in the M50 category. Paul Lee and Michel Galvin recorded times of 20.22 and 20.43 respectively. Steve Shiels had a time of 22.16, with Hugh Gallagher, recovering from hamstring problems, picking up 1st M60 prize in 22.30. Lester Dobson ran 22.56 and Lee Gildea ran around with his young son, promising Glenswilly GA player, Daithi, in 26.22. Just as in the men’s race, LAC women were also to the fore. Shauna McGeehan was 1st in 19.05, followed by Frances Judge, whose time of 19.44 gave her 1st prize in the W40 category. She was followed by Serena McDaid, whose time of 20.30 gave her a new PB for 5K. Cliodhna Dunne ran well and finished in 20.57.
On Friday, Cliodhna Dunne was 1st woman home in the Gleneely National School 5K. Daniel Cullen ran in the Omagh Half Marathon on Saturday in a time of 1.31.
On Sunday, Fionnuala Diver’s good form continued when she lifted the 1st woman’s prize in her local area, in the Rosses AC 5K in Carrickfin in 19.19. Also, on Sunday, Anne Marie McGlynn finished 2nd woman in the Dunboyne 4 mile road race in 21.43 to finish as 2nd woman.
At the weekend, LAC’s Danny Mooney travelled to Sefton Park, Liverpool, to compete for Liverpool Harriers and AC in the Northern Road Relay 12 Stage Championship. Danny had an excellent time of 12.07 in his leg of the relay, which was good enough to place his team in the lead. However, a wrong turning by one of his team mates, which took him off course, destroyed his team’s chances of success.
On Easter Sunday, LAC will be hosting the annual Easter Letterkenny 3K. Registration is at Aura Leisure Centre, with the race starting at 11.30.
The first of the 10 weekly draws for the LAC Silver Circle was made at the end of last Thursday’s ‘Marc’s Budapest Fund 5K’ and the lucky winners were: 50 Euro John McGeehan; 100 Euro Kevin McGee; 200 Euro Martin Gormley. Remaining draws will take place in each of the next 9 weeks.