Lifford 5K Results
John J. Cannon 17.22
Vera Haughey 20.27.
A good night for racing, well organised and Pauric Mc Kinney broke the course record in a time of 14.59 (congratulations due).
John Cannon was really pleased with his run over 40 seconds faster than Donegal Town 5K and about 15 seconds faster than last years best time also achieved at Lifford.
Ulster Northern Ireland Track and Field Championships
Following on from her recent good form in the long jump, Mary McLoone
travelled to the Mary Peters track in Belfast for the Ulster Northern Ireland
Track and Field Championships held recently.
In blustery conditions Mary leaped out to an amazing 6.22m to win the
long jump with some 30cm to spare over second placed Nike Ositodunrin of
Edinburgh. A personal best for Mary
and the best jump by an Irish female athlete this year. Unfortunately in the absence of a wind gauge this will not be
recorded for record purposes and coming as it did just after the Irish team was
selected for the European cup, Mary will miss out on selection.
Mary also continued her dominance of the ground jumps with victory in the
triple jump with another consistent jump in excess of 12m.
Her 12.41m was over a metre clear of the second placed athlete.
Club athletes, Vincent Duffy and Tony Cummins turned their talents to the more testing triathlon over the weekend when competing in the Connaught triathlon in Mullaghmore on Saturday 17th. Both men adapted well to this demanding three-event discipline. Finding the going tough in the 750m swim, Vinny and Tony biked well over the 20k and gained several places here. The 5k run was where they excelled and here again valuable minutes were gained with Vinny crossing the line in 1hr 32 and Tony in 1hr 37. Well done to both.
Continuing on the road racing circuit, club athletes, John Cannon, Richard McCarthy and Gary Thomas travelled to Strabane on Saturday for an undulating 10k. John continued his fine form with a good 38.15 while Richard had a tremendous run and crossed the line with a PB in 39.01. Gary also in good form had a solid run in 39.59. All were delighted with their performances.
A very successful social evening was had by all on Friday night in Madden’s Bridge Bar, with good food and craic well into the night. Thank you to Marcella and the social committee for a well-organised evening.
Adidas Irish Runner 5 mile
bus is being organised to travel to the Adidas Irish Runner 5 mile in the
Phoenix Park on Sunday July 09th and anyone interested in securing a
seat please inform Paddy within the next week.
Social and Training
The social committee have organised an evening out on Friday 16th and all club members are invited. The evening will begin with a meal and some wine and will continue with some socialising… The evening will begin at approx 7.00pm in Maddens, the Bridge Bar, Bundoran, in the upstairs restaurant and you are asked to confirm your appearance before lunchtime on the Friday, as table space needs to be confirmed.
Training continues at the usual places and times with the next track session to take place on Sunday 18th at the IT track in Sligo to be there for 10.30am.
Next up for some athletes will be the Buncrana 10k on Saturday 17th followed by the Lifford 5k on the 23rd. The next track outing will be the AAI Junior and U-23 Championships in Tullamore on Sunday July 02.
10k – Enniskillen
Saturday the 10th saw the road racing action switch to Enniskillen for the annual Rotary 10k road race. This year’s race had a new route and one that seemed to suit all. On what was a warm, humid day saw some 475 athletes break the gun from the Lakeland forum at 2.00pm with the first man back on the track in just under 32 minutes. Once again South Donegal athletes were there in their numbers and came home with several prizes.
in the colours of Tír Chónaill AC, Marie Rooney won the MW45 in 44.43 with
Jackie Harvey 3rd in the same category with 52.08.
Also in the TC colours were Philomena Gallagher, 3rd in the
MW35 with a good 45.21 and Vera Haughey 2nd in the MW40 category with
a steady 45.37. This quartet made
up the Tír Chónaill AC woman’s team who won the overall team prize.
Vincent Duffy was the sole TC man in action and was pleased with his
athletes from the new runners group and running in the Team North West Hospice
colours were the unlucky fourth woman’s team, loosing out by the narrowest of
margins. In her first ever-10k road
race, Elaine Farrell produced what was arguably the run of the day with a fifth
place finish in the MW35 category with a superb 47.23.
Showing no sign of fatigue from the previous evenings exertions at the
Donegal Town 5k, Caroline Spratt with an excellent 56.21, just edged ahead of
her sister Jackie with an equally excellent 56.22. Also showing no adverse reaction to the Donegal Town 5k were
Bernie McNeely with another excellent run in 57.44 and Ann Donoghue with a great
58.02, just missing the fifty-eight minute barrier.
Completing the team were Marcella Heron with 60.03, Karen Gilmartin with
60.12 and Carol Roper with 67.41, excellent running in such warm conditions. Well
done to all.
Ireland National Relay Championships
Friday evening the 09th saw the Donegal Road Racing Grand Prix
bandwagon roll into Donegal Town with the Tirconaill Damp Proofing 5k and up to
fifty athletes toeing the line at 7.30pm on the pier, on what was a warm and
windy evening. Several local
athletes performed well on this their home turf. John Cannon of Tír Chónaill AC was once again to the
forefront in sixth place overall in 18.05.
Local man Noel Thomas in 18.19 was second in the MM35 category. Noel was followed across the line by a quatrain of Tír Chónaill
AC athletes with Manus Peoples just failing to dip under the 19 mins with a
19.01. Richard McCarthy close on
the heels of Manus in 19.04 with Ballyshannon men, Michael Gallagher in 19.17
and Vincent Duffy in 19.54 following closely.
Club mate Pat Mc Manus completed the TC men’s contingent with a solid
athletes were also to the fore in the women’s section with Teresa Mc Gloin
from Kinlough and running in the Finn Valley AC colours in second place with
18.22. Tír Chónaill’s Sinead O’Donnell, fresh from her midweek
victory in the All Army 1500m championships in 5.19, finished in 4th
place with 20.32 and battled it out with Shelley Roper in 5th on
20.33. Donegal Town woman Vera
Haughey was second in the MW40 category with a good 21.05 and was chased home by
Ballyshannon woman and winner of the MW35 category in 21.15, Philomena
Gallagher. Jackie Harvey also
running in the Tir Chónaill AC colours crossed the line in a solid 23.58 to
take 1st place in the MW45 section.
Several athletes new to the road running scene from the Ballyshannon / Bundoran area also took part and had enjoyable and worthwhile outing. Gerard McCafferty with a steady 24.58 just edged ahead of Gerry Lally in 25.37. The ever-improving Spratt sisters, with Caroline taking 2nd place in the MW35 category with a great 26.13 and Jackie with 26.47 having great runs. Bernie McNeely with another steady run took 2nd place in the MW45 category with 27.29. Ann Donoghue in 27.43 and Kevin O’Connor in 27.45 completed the local interest in the race.
Womens Mini Marathon
On Bank holiday Monday, June 05th, several athletes made the trip to Dublin and joined with up to 40000 others in the world’s largest all female race, the Woman’s Mini Marathon. Philomena Gallagher was best placed with a 43.55 and followed home by Michelle Harvey in 44.30. Vera Haughey was next in 46 min with Sharon Meehan in 49.20 followed by Jackie Harvey in 50.17. Also taking part and from the club was Shelley Roper and Linda Ward but no times are available at present for them.
Competing in the army colours, club athlete Sinead O’Donnell had a busy two days mid week. On the Tuesday 30th May she ran a 5k in a good 20.23 and on the Wednesday she competed and won the army ladies 1500m in 5.21, her first race over the distance and she was pleased with her time.
Over the next week or so club athletes will be busy on a few fronts. On Friday the 09th the Donegal Town 5k takes place with registration and changing at the Abbey school hall from 6.15pm on with the race at 7.30pm. Then on the Saturday there is the Rotary 10k in Enniskillen with a 2.00pm start and Sunday the 11th will see some athletes travelling to Navan for the AAI Senior Relay Championships, a busy weekend for some.
There will be a short club meeting in Donegal Town after the 5k-road race on Friday evening and those present are asked to attend. The relays on Sunday along with the National league will be discussed as venues have now been decided for the first two rounds. Training continues as normal in the usual places.
Drumhallagh 5K Results
A hilly course but a well organized race held in very good conditions
John Cannon 18.46 - did not get to grips with the course. Hopefully will have an improved outing next Friday on the home course
Manus Peoples 19.22 - Happy with his run.
First Sligo Track Training Session
Craughwell 5K - Galway
Also in action on the Wednesday evening in Craughwell, Galway was Sinead O’Donnell who finished fourth senior lady in a tough 5k with a PB of 20.42.
A big good luck to all those competing in the Woman’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on the bank holiday Monday
Inter-firms 5K in Letterkenny
Wednesday evening last the 23rd saw four club athletes toe the
line for the Inter Firms 5k road race in Letterkenny.
This annual midweek race attracts large numbers and has grown into a
major race over the years. Philomena
Gallagher, going from strength to strength had another good run in finishing
second in the MW35 category with a fine 20.15.
Vera Haughey in the MM40 category was close on the heels of Philomena,
crossing the line in 20.17. Club
treasurer John Cannon dipped under the 17 minutes again with a solid 17.55,
while club chairman Manus Peoples had a steady run in 19.13.
Both men were competing in the MM40 category.
Games in Irishtown, Dublin.
Two great performances from Mary McLoone at the AAI Games on Sunday 21st. Mary won the Long jump with a PB of 5.91m and followed this with another PB when winning the triple jump in 12.40. Great early season form from Mary. Geraldine Stewart putted the shot out to 12.19m for second place another great performance from Geraldine.
Copy of report from AAI website
Despite the swirling winds and incessant rain a number of excellent early-season performances were achieved at the AAI Games in the Irishtown Stadium, Dublin on Sunday 21st May.
Confirming the good form shown recently in Italy where she ran a new personal best for the 400 metres ( 52.76 ) Joanne Cuddihy had a superb double in the 100 metres ( 11.67 W ) and 200 metres in 23.76 ( +1.5 ) moving her to 7th in the Irish all-time list.
Rob Daly made a welcome comeback to competition with a fine win in the 200
metres in 21.54 which augurs well for his prospects later in the season over 400
All Ireland Banks Track and Field
luck to all club athletes in the final stages of preparation for the Women’s
Mini Marathon in Dublin on the bank holiday weekend, Monday June 05th.
Ballyshannon 5K Road Race
The main event of the past week for club athletes was the Ballyshannon
5k, part of the Donegal Grand Prix series.
There was a good turn out from the club and two personnel best were
recorded on the night along with many improved performances from the
corresponding race last year.
Shelley Roper, just recovered from an ankle injury, had her best 5k race to date with a 19.19 and a third place finish in the senior ladies category. Vera Haughey continues her fine recent form with a 20.02 and a second place in the MW category, while Philomena Gallagher, consistent as ever had a good third place in the MW in 20.48. Good runs were also had by Linda Ward in 21.38; Jackie Harvey in 22.18 and Marie Rooney.
In the men’s section John Cannon in 17.36 enjoyed this one. Richard McCarthy in 18.24; Michael Gallagher with a huge PB in 18.45 and Paddy Donoghue in 18.59 were all happy to have dipped under the 19 minutes. Vinny Duffy with 19.19 and Sean Cassidy with 19.40 were both pleased with their runs. Club stalwart Pat McManus had a steady run in 21.44. Tony Cummins in his first race since his exploits at the Boston marathon was happy with his 24.09. Both Tony and Vinny are currently in training for a triathlon later in the summer.
Sinead O’Donnell was also on the PB trail over the weekend. She finished fifth senior lady in a tough 10k road race in Galway on Saturday with a 42.11 run, an improvement of over one minute thirty on her previous best time for the distance. Well done to all.
The club would like to wish Paul Ward a speedy recovery from recent surgery and we hope to see him back on the roads in the not too distant future.
A short club meeting took place after the race in Ballyshannon and a decision was made to order new club singlets, retaining the same colour scheme as the current ones. Also it was agreed that the club would enter a ladies team for the track and field league this summer but that there was insufficient manpower in sprints and field events to enter a men’s team. The next meeting was arranged for Donegal Town on Friday June 09th after the Donegal Town 5k race.
Training continues as usual but with the Wednesday evening session reverting to Castlecaldwell for the remainder of the summer, with assembly in the car park at 6.45pm and training commencing at 7.00pm sharp. A fortnightly track session is also being arranged at the IT track in Sligo on Sunday mornings, details next week.
University Track & Field Championships
Several club athletes were in action recently at the University track and field meeting and all posted good performances. Sinead Peoples competing for the University of Ulster was 4th in a tough 400m hurdles and also a good 4th in the 1500m. Sinead rounded off a good evening when the 4 x 400m University of Ulster team won the gold medal. Michelle Harvey competing for University of Limerick was 4th in a competitive 800m while Emma O’Doherty competed in the multi events.
Northwest 10K 2006
following club athletes competed at the North West 10k recently.
Paul Ward first in MM35-39 in an excellent 34.06 and sixth overall.
John Cannon 37.09 continuing his recent good form.
Richard McCarthy 39.44; Vinny Duffy 40.49; Michael Gallagher 41.30;
Shelley Roper 42.35; Sean Cassidy 42.52; Vera Haughey 43.02; Philomena Gallagher
44.10; Linda Ward 45.37 and Jackie Harvey in 48.05.. Well done to all.
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