20th staging of North West 10K

Ciaran Doherty and Maria McCambridge back on the podium in Letterkenny's showpiece

20th staging of North West 10K
Ciaran O'Donnell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Letterkenny AC's Ciaran Doherty won yesterday's North West 10K Road Race in a time of 31:59, with his club mate, Danny Mooney, second in 33:37 and Finn Valley's Mark McPaul third in 33:30.

Another former winner, Maria McCambridge, made sure her trip from Dublin was worthwhile when she took victory in the senior women's section. The DSD runner posted a time of 34:38, with Letterkenny AC's Fionnuala Diver second in 37:58 and Michelle Lannon of Roscommon third in 40:06.

Around 1,800 people took part in what was the 20th staging of the famous road race/walk.

Organisers had been expecting an entry of 2,000 and PRO, Declan Kerr, said the committee were delighted at the turnout.

“Given the ever-increasing number of events that are happening, we are extremely happy at the numbers that turned out today,” Declan told the DPP/DD last night.

“We had in the region of 1,800 taking part today - a breakdown of that is about 1,100 runners and 700 walkers,” the PRO commented.

While there was some light rain at the start of the race yesterday afternoon, it stayed dry for the greater part.

“The weather yesterday morning was very good and those who were waiting until the last minute all registered before the one o'clock deadline. While there was a slight breeze, the temperatures were fine and conditions were favourable,” Declan added.

“This year marked the 20th anniversary of the race first held back in 1997. The committee has once again put in a huge amount of work to make sure that the best event possible is stage. It was good to hear those who took part after the race praising the great efforts of those who do so much behind the scenes.”

The PRO continued: “The most important thing was to raise as much money as possible through the North West 0K. The two benefiting charities this year are the Donegal branches of Spina Bifida and the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Both charities put in a huge amount of effort yesterday and in the build-up to yesterday's race.”

The North West 10K has raised €710,000 for 31 different charities.

“We are looking forward to presenting this year's beneficiaries with a good return. The people of Letterkenny and the north west have been extremely generous and that was reflected again this year.”

Declan said that since the committee introduced online registration and pre-event registration, it has left things much easier to manage on the day of the race.

“People could register on line and could also come along to the office at the Community Centre and register in the days leading up to the race. This was a big help and meant there were little or no delays. Thankfully, the event went off hitch free,” he added.