Rain fails to dampen the spirit at final leg of Lifford 5k

Lifford AC brought the curtain down on its inaugural three-race series on Sunday past with the Lifford 5K in the town.

Lifford AC brought the curtain down on its inaugural three-race series on Sunday past with the Lifford 5K in the town.

The series which has attracted over 300 different runners during the past three weeks has proved an outstanding success since it started just a few short weeks ago. Indeed the club has succeeded in bringing road running into the heart of the local communities it serves, with large numbers of local runners turning out week on week. There was also a large turnout from clubs around the county and much further beyond.

Sunday’s race was the biggest yet with 186 runners and walkers completing the 5K loop.

The rain poured from the night before and had not stopped by the time the race started early on Sunday. However, weather conditions rarely deter the brave, and this was evident not just by the numbers taking part, but with some outstanding performances and times. The race itself was won in a fine display of front running by City of Derry’s John Paul Wiiliamson in 15.50, followed by Finn Valley’s Darren McGlinchey in 15.57 and Tir Chonaill’s James Flanagan third in 16.00. The women’s race was won by Letterkenny AC’s Noreen McGettigan in 19.05 with City of Derry’s Catherine Lilburn hot on her heels in 19.07. Third woman home was Finn Valley’s Miriam Boner in 20.40.

The Mens V1 was won by Letterkenny’s Humphrey Murphy (17.28), with team mate Marcus McClintock (17.29) in second and City of Derry’s Gary McGee (17.32) in third. Finn Valley’s Dominic Boner (16.53) won the V2, followed by Enniskillen’s Jimmy Renfrew (17.56) in second and Letterkenny’s Joe English (18.00) in third. In the V3, Letterkenny’s Kevin Toner (19.41) was victorious, City of Derry’s Christy McMonagle (19.50) in second, and Lifford’s Danny Burns (24.20) in third. The Junior mens race was won by City of Derry’s Zack McGowan (19.10), followed by Finn Valley’s Orin McDermott (19.29) in second, and Lifford’s Ciaran Meehan, third in 20.06.

The Womens V1 race was won by Lifford’s Isabella Breslin in 23.23, with team mates Audrey Friel (27.41) and Mariea McGinley (28.18), second and third respectively. In the V2, Dympna Barret was victorious in 24.19, followed by Ruth McCrudden (26.55) and Sharon Scanlon, Finn Valley third in 31.21. In the V3, Tir Chonaill’s Vera Haughey followed up last weeks victory with another win in 22.27, followed by team mate Jackie Harvey in 23.01 and Finn Valley’s Mary Martin third in 26.26. In the Junior Women, it was a City of Derry one-two with Amy McDaid leading the way in 20.58, followed by Hannah McGowan in 22.18, and Milford’s Gillian Marley third in 23.08.

The three race series saw athletes accumulate points across each race with over 1,000eur in prizes presented to category winners on Sunday. The senior men’s category winners were Foyle Valley’s Keith Sheils, Lifford AC’s Daniel Hannigan in second and Finn Valley’s Dean Toland third. The Senior Womens category was won by Catherine Lilburn from City of Derry, followed by Foyle Valley’s Gemma McGinty and Finn Valley’s Samantha Wilkinson in third. In the Masters men V1 category, Letterkenny’s Humphrey Murphy was victorious, with Gary McGee of City of Derry in second and Letterkenny’s Martin Gormley in third. In the Mens V2, Letterkenny’s Joe English topped the leader board, Enniskillens Jimmy Renfrew in second and City of Derry’s Peter Lilburn in third. In the Men’s V3 category, Christy McMonagle was victorious, second was Lifford’s Danny Burns, and third, Letterkenny’s Danny Burns.

In the Masters women categories, it was a Lifford one, two and three in the V1 category, with Isabella Breslin securing maximum points, followed by Audrey Friel in second and Mariea McGinley in third. In the V2 category, Dympna Barrett had maximum points, followed by Ruth McCrudden in second and Karen Petersen in third. In the V3 category, Lifford’s Betty Burns was victorious, just ahead of Tir Chonaill’s Vera Haughey in second, and Lifford’s Joan Colhoun in third.

Finally, in the Junior Women’s category, City of Derry’s Amy McDaid won all three races to achieve maximum points, with Lifford AC sisters Shannon and Kathleen Craig in second and third respectively. In the Junior Men’s category, Lifford’s Ciaran Meehan emerged victorious, followed by City of Derry’s Zack McGowan in second and Finn Valley’s Orin McDermott in third.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to support Sunday’s race and who helped out in any way. Thanks also to everyone in Lifford, St. Johnston, Carrigans and Raphoe who made the race series the success it was. Finally, to all the athletes that travelled from far and near to support the series, the club extends its sincere gratitude.

Lifford 5K Results

Time No. Name: Category Club

1 15.50 80 John P Williamson SM City Of Derry

2 15.57 135 Darren McGlinchey SM Finn Valley

3 16.00 155 James Flanagan SM Tír Chonaill

4 16.15 79 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley

5 16.32 76 Keith Shiels SM Foyle Valley

6 16.49 105 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny

7 16.52 78 Dean Toland SM Finn Valley

8 16.53 102 Dominic Boner M50+ Finn Valley

9 17.06 113 Sean McGettigan SM Finn Valley

10 17.23 188 Daniel Hannigan SM Lifford

11 17.28 170 Humphrey Murphy M40+ Letterkenny

12 17.29 139 Marcus McClintock M40+ Letterkenny

13 17.32 124 Gary McGee M40+ City Of Derry

14 17.35 109 Shane McNulty SM Finn Valley

15 17.46 42 Martin Gormley M40+ Letterkenny

16 17.54 106 Ciaran Toner SM Letterkenny

17 17.56 73 Jimmy Renfrew M50+ Enniskillen

18 18.00 31 Joe English M50+ Letterkenny

19 18.07 93 Brian J Breslin SM Lifford

20 18.17 26 James Crossan SM Lifford

21 18.22 49 Peter Lilburn M50+ City Of Derry

22 18.27 165 Bill Duncan M40+ City Of Derry

23 18.27 142 Michael Duffy SM Cranford

24 18.36 16 Mark Connolly M50+ Finn Valley

25 18.42 163 Richard McCarthy M50+ Tír Chonaill

26 18.59 89 Martin Devenney SM Lifford

27 19.04 35 Michael Gallagher SM Finn Valley

28 19.05 132 Noreen McGettigan SW Letterkenny

29 19.07 48 Catherine Lilburn SW City Of Derry

30 19.10 161 Zack McGowan JM City Of Derry

31 19.16 3 Brendan Boggs SM Unattached

32 19.25 75 Maurice Sharkey SM Lifford

33 19.29 91 Orin McDermott JM Finn Valley

34 19.32 54 Garvan McCloskey M40+ Letterkenny

35 19.34 85 Graeme Colhoun SM Unattached

36 19.36 123 Raymond Doherty M40+ Finn Valley

37 19.41 107 Kevin Toner M60+ Letterkenny

38 19.50 65 Christy McMonagle M60+ City Of Derry

39 19.51 122 Manus Quinn M40+ City Of Derry

40 19.59 94 Michael Gallagher M50+ Unattached

41 20.06 200 Ciaran Meehan JM Lifford

42 20.14 166 Paul Dillon SM Unattached

43 20.16 53 Malcolm McCausland M50+ City Of Derry

44 20.19 52 Paul Lynch SM Unattached

45 20.20 150 Ciaran Bovaird M40+ Unattached

46 20.24 189 Liam Marley M50+ Cranford

47 20.35 90 Andrew Scanlon M40+ Finn Valley

48 20.36 169 Roy Hunter M50+ Unattached

49 20.39 147 Martin Anderson M40+ Finn Valley

50 20.40 88 Miriam Bonar SW Finn Valley

51 20.42 172 Martin McHugh JM Lifford

52 20.42 203 Jack Quinn JM Unattached

53 20.49 100 Gabriel McCrossan M40+ Letterkenny

54 20.49 131 Hugh O’Donnell M50+ Unattached

55 20.51 164 Johnny Ward M50+ Tír Chonaill

56 20.58 129 Amy McDaid JW City Of Derry

57 21.03 128 Mark O’Sullivan SM Unattached

58 21.06 60 Sean McGinley M40+ Lifford

59 21.13 101 Gary Gallagher SM Lifford

60 21.17 148 Dwayne Long SM Finn Valley

61 21.22 110 Clare Devenney SW Finn Valley

62 21.27 114 Paddy Gallagher M40+ Lifford

63 21.29 104 Ailish Patton SW Finn Valley

64 21.32 134 Sean Bonner SM Unattached

65 21.33 191 Warren Blackburn SM Unattached

66 21.52 18 Paul Cosgrove M40+ Letterkenny

67 21.53 19 Curly Coyle SM Unattached

68 21.53 187 Maria McGonagle SW Finn Valley

69 21.56 10 Gerard Campbell M40+ Lifford

70 22.02 186 Conor McGonagle M40+ Finn Valley

71 22.06 192 Mark McClure SM Unattached

72 22.07 103 Brendan Patton M50+ Finn Valley

73 22.18 160 Hannah McGowan JW City Of Derry

74 22.22 183 David Crawford SM Unattached

75 22.23 182 Conor Gallagher JM R Emmets

76 22.24 136 Alan McGinley JM Lifford

77 22.27 168 Vera Haughey W50+ Tír Chonaill

78 22.30 144 Gerard Crawford SM Lifford

79 22.34 181 Terry McDevitt SM Unattached

80 22.35 146 James Maguire M50+ Finn Valley

81 22.48 117 Alan Lyttle SM Unattached

82 22.51 66 Frankie Murray M50+ R Emmets

83 22.52 143 Edward Duffy SM Unattached

84 22.53 27 Christopher Cuskelly SM Lifford

85 23.01 167 Jackie Harvey W50+ Tír Chonaill

86 23.01 174 Tracy Harley SW Inishowen

87 23.03 173 Gráinne Gallagher SW Inishowen

88 23.08 190 Gillian Marley JW Milford

89 23.10 157 Dermot Gallagher SM Unattached

90 23.14 138 Joseph McGinley JM Lifford

91 23.16 20 Joe Coyle SM Unattached

92 23.20 64 Kevin McMenamin SM Unattached

93 23.23 201 Gavin Meehan JM Lifford

94 23.23 7 Isabella Breslin W40+ Lifford

95 23.23 6 Brian Breslin M40+ Lifford

96 23.41 194 Corey McGettigan JM Lifford

97 23.41 185 Colm Hassan SM Unattached

98 23.56 86 William Doherty SM Unattached

99 23.57 83 Dean Quigley JM Lifford

100 24.02 179 Clíodhna Dunne SW Finn Valley

101 24.13 199 Trevor McGlynn SM Strabane TC

102 24.13 37 Joe Gallen M50+ Lifford

103 24.13 67 David Oliver SM Unattached

104 24.13 74 Michael Roulstone M50+ Lifford

105 24.16 108 Samantha Wilkinson SW Finn Valley

106 24.19 125 Dympna Barrett W45+ Unattached

107 24.20 9 Danny Burns M60+ Lifford

108 24.49 62 Joyce McKittrick SW Lifford

109 25.05 23 Kathleen Craig JW Lifford

110 25.06 145 Oran Brown JM Lifford

111 25.46 149 Donal Bonner SM Finn Valley

112 25.46 46 Helena Hynes SW Lifford

113 25.50 118 Cathal Leppard JM Lifford

114 25.51 39 Joe Gavin SM Lifford

115 25.54 175 Sonya McGrory SW Inishowen

116 25.54 111 Mark Devenney SM Unattached

117 26.02 24 Shannon Craig JW Lifford

118 26.08 61 Brian McKinney M40+ Lifford

119 26.14 29 Nicole Cuskelly JW Lifford

120 26.20 115 Aidan Gallagher SM Lifford

121 26.24 77 Tina Smyth SW Lifford

122 26.26 180 Mary Martin W50+ Finn Valley

123 26.48 127 Barry McCosker SM Unattached

124 26.55 55 Ruth McCrudden W45+ Unattached

125 26.58 97 Corey Hayes JM Lifford

126 27.00 69 Kevin O’Neill M50+ Foyle Valley

127 27.05 47 Sinead Kelly SW Lifford

128 27.09 57 John McDaid SM 24/7 Triathlon

129 27.18 198 Charlie McElwaine JM Lifford

130 27.22 137 Conor McGinley JM Lifford

131 27.30 126 Declan McCallion M40+ Unattached

132 27.40 28 Claudiuskelly JW Lifford

133 27.41 32 Audrey Friel W40+ Lifford

134 27.44 98 Rachel Friel SW Lifford

135 27.56 43 Ellie Green JW Lifford

136 28.08 15 Lorraine Connolly SW Lifford

137 28.18 58 Mariea McGinley W40+ Lifford

138 28.19 162 Patricia Lucas SW Finn Valley

139 28.40 141 Lauren Lynch JW Lifford

140 28.46 1 Kevin Lynch M50+ Lifford

141 29.12 159 Audrey Mortimore W40+ Lifford

142 30.15 12 Clement Clarke M50+ Lifford

143 30.20 38 Sonia Gavin SW Lifford

144 30.29 45 Tracey Hayes SW Lifford

145 30.29 44 Conor Hayes M40+ Lifford

146 30.51 193 Ronan Burke JM Lifford

147 30.53 119 Emmet Leppard JM Lifford

148 30.56 133 Ben Connolly JM Lifford

149 31.02 84 Amy Quigley JW Lifford

150 31.03 202 Sophie Kelly SW Unattached

151 31.07 81 Martin Quigley SM Lifford

152 31.21 92 Sharon Scanlon W45+ Finn Valley

153 31.22 99 Carmel Colhoun SW Lifford

154 32.02 82 Sheila Quigley SW Lifford

155 32.02 96 Lorraine Gillespie W40+ Unattached

156 32.22 158 Catherine Mortimore SW Lifford

157 32.24 151 Emer Friel SW Unattached

158 32.26 152 Audrey Crawford W40+ Finn Valley

159 32.26 154 Mary Byrne SW Finn Valley

160 32.52 153 Anne Marie Lynch W40+ Finn Valley

161 33.12 140 Rhonda Porter SW Lifford

162 33.15 50 Anne Lynch W45+ Lifford

163 33.40 70 Andrew Petersen M40+ Unattached

164 33.40 71 Karen Petersen W45+ Unattached

165 33.51 8 Betty Burns W50+ Lifford

166 34.08 112 Alisholl JW Unattached

167 34.12 176 Martin Daly M50+ Unattached

168 34.14 177 Darren Bovaird SM Unattached

169 34.39 195 Cian McGettigan JM Lifford

170 34.40 156 Rose Byrne SW Unattached

171 34.44 56 Aileen McCullagh SW Unattached

172 35.15 40 Olivia Gillen SW Unattached

173 35.31 4 Rosemary Boggs W45+ Lifford

174 35.42 95 Joan Colhoun W50+ Lifford

175 36.02 120 Joanne McGinley SW Lifford

176 36.03 21 Joanne Craig SW Lifford

177 37.11 116 Aoife McDermott SW Unattached

178 39.38 34 Yasmine Friel JW Lifford

179 39.48 178 Wendy Casey W45+ Lifford

180 40.40 130 Miguel Casalins M40+ Unattached

181 40.52 184 Caoimhe Friel JM Unattached

182 40.52 33 Edel Friel W40+ Lifford

183 41.02 51 Caitriona Lynch SW Lifford

184 41.47 171 Joan McHugh W50+ Lifford

185 42.29 197 Martina McElwaine SW Lifford

186 42.29 196 John McElwaine SM Lifford