Tir Chonaill athletes performed with destinction on a number of stages last weekend. On Saturday a large number of club members travelled to Omagh for the annual Half marathon and recorded PB times, and a few won prestigious catagory prizes.
Results of club athletes: 187 Maurice Kane 01:33:16 pb; 188 Noel Hoey 01:33:16 0 pb; 253 Philomena Gallagher 01:35:38; 262 Paul McDevitt 01:36:29 pb; 313 Sean Cassidy 01:38:23; 365 Linda Ward 01:40:07 2nd in cat; 388 Julie McMullin 01:40:59; 474 Sharon McGowan 01:43:31; 521 Caroline Spratt 01:44:52 pb; 545 Brian McMullin 01:45:24; 587 Jane McDevitt 01:46:46; 590 Ann Donoghue 01.46.50 pb; 591 Paddy Donoghue 01.46.52; 645 Paul McGee 01:48:53; 648 Garrett Boyle 01:48:55; 664 Bernadette McNeely 01:49:37 pb; 753 Claire Flood 01:52:52 pb; 787 Loretta Cullen 01:53:38 pb; 827 Gerard Healy 01:54:58 pb; 874 Riona McHenry 01:56:39 pb; 890 Deborah Dawson 01:57:09 pb; 963 Nora Timoney 01:59:59; 984 Carnel Gormley 02:00:29.
Many of these athletes continue to group train Bundoran,B allyshannon, Bundoran and Donegal Town.
Congratulations also to the clubs group of juveniles who travelled to Nenagh at the weekend and performed so successfully. The number of medals, PB performances and top six finishes was a deserving reward for their application to training/preparation during the winter months. Kelly McGrory, Karl Griffin and the Girls U17 4 x 200m relay team victories were exceptional. McGrory, two weeks earlier, had won the U17 60m hurdles ans finished 2nd in the 60m, was again one of the stars of the meeting when she recorded a PB 26.08secs in winning the 200m final and later on Sunday anchored the relay team of Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullan to a 1min46.18secs victory.
Karl Griffin, also won his heat in the UU18 -800m and in an impresive final recorded 1min 54.70secs for another club victory.Race walking was introduced into the club three years during a summer camp. Sarah Timoney, on Saturday afternoon, became the first club athlete to medal at National level when she won bronze, following a great battle, in the Girls U16 -1,000 event.
Well done to all and to the following who performed with distinction - Mark McGuiness, 6th U18 -800m-2mins 6.45secs,PB, Mark Boyle, U16 -800m 2mins 13.7secs PB, Kate McGowan, 200m U16 heats,Race walkers Jessica Quinn and Ciara Crawford,and the U16 4 200m relay team of Ruth Gillespie, Chloe Masterson, Kate McGowan and Eva McMullan -2nd in their heat.
Donegal Town was the venue on Sunday for the first of the clubs Spring 5k series. Over 70 runners,joggers and walkers turned out for what was a most enjoyable and family fun event. The 2nd date for your diaries is Sunday morning 15th April, start time 10am
Another date for your diaries is next Monday.The annual club Easter Monday Open invitational meet has attracted a huge entry form all over the country. Ian Rogers, Clonliffe Harriers, National Po;le Vault champion,sprinter Chloe Bloomer, Lagan Valley,and Andrew Doyle ,2011 British U20 Shot champion will lead a group of national champions locals to look out for will be Finn Valleys record breaking thrower John Kelly and Tir Chonaill pair Kelly McGrory and Kate McGowan.
Club athletes should have thier entries with David Doherty by training on Thursday night; Entries will not not be accepted on the day
It is also the time of year for entries for Ulster schools competition.Athletes from Magh Eine, Bundoran, Scoil Colmcille, Abbey Voc School Donegal Town and St Catherines Killybegs should indicate to their school coaches/teachers immediately the eventsd they wish to participate