Five Lifford AC athletes made the trek to Dundalk on Sunday morning last to take part in the National Inter County Cross Country Relay Championships held at Dundalk I.T.
Running in the green and gold vests of Donegal, all five returned home on Sunday evening with national gold medals having led their respective Donegal teams to national titles.
The u14 Boys team was led home on the final leg by Tom Mullen who took possession of the relay baton in 4th place but stormed through the field to lead Donegal to a famous victory. Mullen along with his Lifford AC team mates, Niall Quinn, Conor McGinley and Charlie McElwaine made up four of the Donegal quintet with Milford AC’s Aidan Connolly completing the team. Louth had to be content with silver with Kilkenny taking bronze medals.
Meanwhile young Aaron McGrath, a newcomer to athletics this year, showed experience beyond his years as a member of the Donegal u12 Boys team which also took gold. The young Lifford AC lad ran a great relay leg to help the green and gold of Donegal to victory ahead of Clare in 2nd place and Louth in 3rd.
Lifford AC Annual Awards Night
A large crowd attended the annual Lifford AC Awards Night held in Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore on Saturday night last. Club Chairman, Michael McKinney addressed the large attendance and outlined the huge strides the border club has made in the past year with numerous success stories at both juvenile and senior level and culminating in the Athletics Ireland award for Development Club of the Year. McKinney highlighted the international vests achieved by Ann Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams as well as the numerous provincial and national medals won by the club in cross country, indoor competition and track and field. The rapid development of the club’s Fit for Life group was noted with the club experiencing an unprecedented increase in membership over the past 12 months.
Former international high jumper, Sharon Foley spoke of the achievements of the club’s juveniles nationally and spoke of her contention that the club should now be aiming to have more athletes competing across the water in the Scottish and English Championships to raise standards even further.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening, John O’Donnell acknowledged the huge contribution made by parents and coaches to the success of the club and mentioned the importance of individuals getting involved in athletics for fun and enjoyment first and foremost.
The full list of award winners was as follows:
Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Daniel Hannigan
Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Ann Marie McGlynn
Juvenile Male Athlete of the Year: Brendan O’Donnell
Juvenile Female Athlete of the Year: Karen Gallagher
Masters Male Athlete of the Year: Brian Breslin
Masters Female Athlete of the Year: Natasha Adams
Juvenile Male Sporthall Athlete of the Year: Tom Mullen
Juvenile Female Sportshall Athlete of the Year: Nicole Cuskelly
Juvenile Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Niall Quinn
Juvenile Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Shannon Craig
Juvenile Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Alan McGinley
Juvenile Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Gemma Lynch
Juvenile Female Indoor Athlete of the Year: Ellie Green
Juvenile Male Indoor Athlete of the Year: Brandon Connolly and Conor McKinney
Most Dedicated Male Juvenile Athlete of the Year: Conor Breslin
Most Dedicated Female Juvenile Athlete of the Year: Kathleen Craig
Fit for Life Athletes of the Year: Carmel Hoynes and Darren Reid
Club Person of the Year: Thomas Mullen
Lifford AC Well Represented at Cara Bundoran 10 Challenge
A total of 73 Lifford AC athletes took to the starting line of the Cara Bundoran 10 Challenge on Saturday morning last. Sean Dudgeon was first Lifford man home in 16th place (59mins 44secs), followed by Paul Kelly in 18th (59mins 48secs) and Eddie Kelly in 39th (63mins 06secs).
Natasha Adams had a strong run to take 20th overall and 4th woman home (60mins 44secs) with Claire McGuigan 8th woman to complete the course (64mins 52secs).