The Convoy 5K has a reputation for producing fast times and last Tuesday’s event didn’t disappoint. Danny Mooney was the first of the Letterkenny Athletic Club contingent, finishing in 3rd place in a time of 15.35.
First across the line was Finn Valley AC’s Gerard Gallagher in 15.17. In 4th place was Eoin Hughes, with another good sub 16 minute performance of 15.43.
Annmarie McGlynn broke the existing women’s course record when she took the women’s prize in 16.02. Raymond Birch finished in 16.30.
Sean McFadden made a welcome return home to Donegal and recorded a time of 17.40. Niamh Kelly had an excellent run and was the 3rd woman in 18.08. Patrick Brennan had a fine run and came home in 18.08. Barry Mackey’s good form continued and he was the leading M55 runner in 18.41.
Dessie Shiels’ time was 18.56. Darren Beecroft clocked 20.12 and fellow LAC M50 runner, Ciaran O’Donnell, was just behind him in 20.20.
Stephen Shiels finished in 20.31, Eimear Gormley in 20.49, Pat Brady in 20.50, Gary Kearns in 20.56, Catherine McKinley in 21.22 and Niamh McDaid in 22.03.
Ivan Toner was the winner of Wednesday evening’s Illistrin National School 5K. Ivan’s time was 16.38 on a course which featured a tough uphill 2KM start.
Darren Price won the M40 category in a time of 18.16. Male Junior, Adam McDaid, was 1st in his category in 19.48.
Paddy McDaid’s time was 20.21.LAC M50s, John Hughes and Frank Pinder, ran 20.39 and 20.44 respectively. Mark McFadden was just behind them on 20.52.
Male Junior, Charlie Robinson, finished in 22.04. Female Junior, Sarah Robinson, in 24.09 and Male Junior, Jack Robinson, in 24.40.
Nicole McDaid clocked 25.03, Hugh Gallagher 25.33, Jack McDermott 25.39, Frankie Pinder 27.29. , Molly Robinson 29.55, Katie Ryan 30.22, Aoibhinn Maguire 31.01 and Ruby McMonagle 42.15.
Dessie Shiels’ impressive form since his recent return to competitive running reached a high in Friday evening’s Mantis 5K in Killygordon.
Running in his second 5K inside 72 hours, Dessie clocked 17.46 and took 37 seconds off the 5K PB he recently set in Buncrana. That equated to an impressive figure of more than 3% off his existing PB. Dessie was 11th overall and 6th in a highly competitive M40 category.
Noel Lynch’s time was 21.20. Margaret Shiels had a strong run and won the F50 category in 21.47. Rosses AC athlete, Charlie O’Donnell, won the race in 15.48. Wheelchair athlete, Karol Doherty, recorded an exceptional time of 12.02.
4 LAC runners had good runs when they visited the capital of Inishowen on Saturday.
The leading LAC runner in the long-established Buncrana 10K was 5th placed Philip McHugh, who crossed the line in a highly creditable time of 35.49.
Ciaran O’Donnell was the 3rd M50 runner in 42.53. Gary Price’s time was 46.26 and Adrian Callaghan’s was 48.47.
The race winner was Foyle Valley AC’s Matt McLaughlin in 34.05.
Ciaran Doherty was also in action on Saturday. He had an excellent run in the Ballymote 5K, the 4th event in the 2019 6 race Sligo Road Race League.
Ciaran’s time was an excellent 15.37. He was 4th overall and the winner of a keenly contested M40 category, which also featured 2 of the top Masters in Connacht – Eamonn McAndrew, North Sligo AC (15.41) and Seamus Somers, Sligo AC (15.42). First across the line was Jake O’Regan, St John’s, in 14.56.
Teenage LAC runner, Conor Farrell, was first across the line in Saturday morning’s Letterkenny parkrun. His time, in his 6th Parkrun outing, was 20.36.
Cathal Roarty had a top 10 finish and was 2nd in the M55 category in 23.40. Just over 12 hours after running in the 5K in Killygordon, Noel Lynch was the 2nd M50 runner in 25.35.
He was followed by fellow M50 LAC runner Paul Lee, in 25.43. Young Ronan Burke finished in 27.34.