Congratulations s and well done to London marathoner 2015 Paul McGee on a fine performance of 3hrs. 38mins. last Sunday morning.
This is a second marathon finish in as many weeks for Paul; also to Bruckless Running group leader Pauric McNern who completed the distance in 4hrs 37mins
Also on Sunday last club members and local athletes turned out in force for the superbly organised and enjoyable Strabane-Lifford Half Marathon. Some recorded PBs., others got into the elite end winning category prizes while more completed their first Half Marathon finish.
Well done to the following - Noel Hoey, M45/1hr 31mins 09secs; Paddy Donoghue, M60/1.33.44 [3rd Category]; Sean Cassidy, M45/1.35.34; Margaret Sweeney, W50/11.40.16 [2nd Category]; Sean Kennedy,1.40.33; Steven Travers, M50/1.41.40; Philomena Gallagher, W45/1.41.48; Sharon McGowan,W45/1.42.15; Ann Donoghue, W50/11.46.04; Packie Bonner, 1.48.41; Paul Mc Devitt, M45/1.50.48; Bernie McNeely, W50/1.52.03; Canice Nicholas, M40/1.53.25; Mags McNulty, W35/1.54.07; Jane McDevitt, W45/1.54.18; Paul McGuckian, M45/1.54.26; Niall Clancy,1.55.38; Maria Frost, 1.56.00; Jackie Harvey, W 55/1.57.22; Rena Brogan, M40/1.57.40; Dymphna Bonner, W40/1.59.56; Billy Broderick, M50/2.01.23
Cara winner qualifies for the Olympics
Breege Connolly, winner of the very recent Cara Bundoran 10miles/57mins 29secs, on Sunday posted an outstanding time of 2hrs 37mins 29secs in the London Marathon, well inside the qualification time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. A huge well done to Breege, originally from Kinlough and currently based and running in Belfast, on this magnificent achievement from all your friends in the Cara Bundoran committee and Tir Chonaill AC
Many club members will contest Marathons during the next two months while others will focus on the local road scene and select races from the Donegal Grand Prix which starts next Sunday with North West 10k in Letterkenny. Tir Chonaill AC host three races in the sixty plus calander between now and September.
On Friday evening 8th May all roads will lead to Ballyshannon-recognised as the fastest 5k course in the county.
The Track and Field season gets under way within the county with juvenile and senior championships down for decision with the next four weeks. County and Ulster schools Districts and finals will all be held in May,
At a local level Tir Chonaill ac will host the South Donegal Regional Primary Schools Challenge on Friday 15th May at the AVS. with qualification for the county finals on the 20th May.
Training continues at all venues ie Genties, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon/Bundoran -for juvenile, senior, master, fit4life and couch to 5k groups with hundreds of athletes developing their athletics skills