Brendan O'Donnell . . . .Record breaker
At the Dunboyne Winter Throws Meet in Co. Meath on Saturday Lifford Strabane AC’s leading hammer thrower Brendan O’Donnell became the first Donegal athlete in history to break the 60 metre mark in the Hammer Throw with a very impressive throw measuring 60.45m, breaking the previous record of 58.71m.
On Saturday also Adrienne Gallen and Hannah Whyte made the long trip to Templemore, Co. Tipperary to compete at the annual Tipp Throws Meet. In the first event of the day in wet and blustery conditions Adrienne had a 10.98M in the Shot Putt, a little down on her best. Hannah also competed well at this event with her best putt being 8.85m.
In the Javelin, Hannah threw the 400g implement out to 25.79m. Adrienne had a very impressive personal best in the Discus of 26.07m whilst Hannah also impressed with a solid 20.10m before having to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
In the Hammer, Adrienne had an excellent first-round throw of 45.53m.
In the Derry 10 Miler Lifford Strabane AC was represented by 16 senior athletes. First was Linda McGrath in 73:05. Claire Keys was the 2nd senior female club finisher in 81:25 with Veronika McGillian 3rd in 81:26!
For the senior males it was Martin Kelly who was first in 74:20. Club juvenile coach Dermot Kelly was next in 76:44 with Chris Cuskelly 3rd in 77:16.
Master Track and Field athlete Mark Doherty attended the AIPO National Powerlifting Championships in Limerick on 24th of February.
Mark placed 2nd overall in the bench press with a 110kg lift, finished 1st in the deadlift with a lift of 202.5 kg and won his category M3 under 100k.