The ‘Black and Amber 5 Miler’, which attracted an excellent field of 118 runners, was won, in convincing style, by Keith Shields, of Foyle Valley AC, in a time of 25.27. He was followed by Adam Speer and Mark McPaul, both Finn Valley.
The 1st LAC runner home was 4th placed Pauric Breslin, running 27.58. Sean McFadden was just behind him, with Raymond Birch and Barry Meehan also recording sub 30 minutes. Darren Price and Ciaran O’Donnell, both benefitting from the months of dedicated Marathon training that they undertook in the build up to the Dublin Marathon, had excellent runs and were closely followed by Marcus McClintock.
Paul Cosgrove started 2015 the way he’d finished 2014, by smashing his existing 5 mile PB by over a minute, to record an excellent time of 31.25. Paul has been reaping the rewards of his hard training over the past 2 years and 2015 should be another great year for the Letterkenny based Galway man.
Also finishing strongly were Garvin Walker, Mark Diver, Kieran Coyle Daniel Cullen and Barry Mackey, all of whom were sub 35.
Richard Raymond, after a troublesome injury, made a welcome return to competitive action, with his time of 35.55 winning him 1st prize in the M60 category.
There were excellent performances by many other LAC athletes- Seamus Morrison, Michael Galvin, John Hughes, Bernard McDyre, Ryan Hilferty, Fabian McShane, Cathal Roarty, Liam Tinney, Mick Doherty, Joe Higgins, Mark Gildea and junior men Donal McGinty and Sam O’Donnell.
Several LAC women put in outstanding performances. 1st woman home was ever improving Sinead Peoples, in 33.19. Noreen McGettigan’s 33.52 gained her 1st prize in the W35 category. Next LAC woman was the in form Shauna McGeehan (34.00), followed by Frances Judge (1st W45) and Marie Boyle, both 34.01. Emer Gormley, back in Letterkenny for Christmas/New Year, on holiday from her teaching job in Dublin, ran 35.52.
Other LAC women who had good runs were Patricia McKenna, Ciara Finnegan, Michelle Gillespie, Niamh McDaid, Amanda McGrath and Sinead O’Gorman. 2 LAC runners took part in Milford AC’s 3K last Sunday, December 28th. Adam Friel ran a time of 11.12, with Daniel Cullen finishing in 11.41.
On New Year’s Day, 3 LAC runners were in action in the Raphoe 5K, all 3 gaining top 12 finishes. Peter McGinley ran 19.40 in a race won by Finn Valley’s Jack McBride in 16.45. Barry Mackey ran 20.19 and picked up first M40 prize, with Kevin Greenan running 20.20. Also, on January 1st, Hugh Gallagher ran 21.42 in a 5K in Sligo.
The action will soon return to cross country. After a brief respite over Christmas/New Year. the Northern Ireland and Ulster Intermediate and Masters’ Cross Country Championships will take place, on Saturday January 17th, in Coleraine.Tags: