Nakita Burke reinforced her status as one of Ireland’s top runners in the National Senior Track and Field Championships at the Santry track, Dublin, at the weekend.
She was 5th in the 5000m race in 16.43. The race was full of the elite of Irish distance runners, with Fionnuala McCormack winning it in 16.07.
Johnson Bangura was 7th in his 100m heat in 12.47 secs. The winner of the heat was Colin Doyle, Leevale AC, in 11.22 secs. Eoin Kelly was 5th in his 400m heat.
Kathryn McDevitt had a sensational triple gold success in the Northern Ireland Masters’ Track and Field Championship.
She was the gold medallist in both of her 2 specialist distances of 100m and 200m.
Kathryn won the 100m in a time of 13.31 seconds. Her 200m winning time was 27.05 secs.
Her terrific, triumphant trilogy was completed when she picked up gold in the 400m.
Not only did her time of 62.76 secs give her a gold medal; it was also a PB. Kathryn’s performances were made even more remarkable because of the very strong wind she had to battle.
As a bonus, she gained a silver medal in the Triple Jump.
These astounding successes will fill Kathryn with confidence ahead of the World Masters’ Track and Championships.
Kathryn will be competing in the 200m, the Triple Jump and will be a key member of the Irish 4 x 100m relay team and the 4 x 400m relay team.
To complete a memorable weekend for Kathryn, her young son, Matthew, won a silver medal in the 60m race at the Donegal County Community Games Finals.
Danny Sharkey won the M60 3000m Walk in 19.59.29.
Caitriona Jennings put on an excellent performance in the 10,000 metres race in the Hong Kong Athletics Championships at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground.
The 10,000m is a tough event under any circumstances but Caitriona had to endure a temperature of 29 degrees, as well as a 77% humidity level.
The community of Glenswilly put on a 5K on Tuesday evening which, as usual, was of a very high standard.
The race was well organised, the food after the race was a veritable banquet and the chip timing provided by Brendan McDaid was thoroughly efficient.
The popularity of the event was underlined as there were more than 500 runners taking part.
Paul Caulfield was the leading Letterkenny AC runner in a fast time of 17.02, which gave him 14th place.
Darren continued his remarkable consistency and crossed the line in 17.12.
Adam Friel’s time was 17.26. LAC’s ‘King of the PBs’ Michael Harkin, continued his astonishing success. He brought his 5K time down to 17.26. Michael’s evening was made more successful as he won 1st prize in the M45 category.
Shauna McGeehan was the 3rd woman in 18.36. Claire McGuigan, Lifford Strabane AC, was the winner in 17.01.
Mark Nee was the 2nd M45 finisher in 18.42. Philip McGee’s time was 18.56. Cian Friel clocked 19.05. Dessie Shiels was the 3rd M45 finisher in 19.12. Dessie’s brother, Keith, was just 3 seconds behind in 19.15.
Anna Russell clocked 19.30 and Joey Segal 19.31. Barry Mackey showed that he has recovered from his recent injury problems with a sub 20 minute time of 19.53.
Stephen Shiels finished in 20.29, Adrian Callaghan in 20.34, Fintan Smith in 20.47, Derek Campbell in 21.39 and Paul Sweeney in 21.40.
Brendan Delap was the 2nd M60 runner in 22.14. Owen Kelly’s time was 22.16. Noreen McGettigan’s time of 22.27 gave her 1st place in the F45 category.
Niamh McDaid’s time was 23.15 and Rosaleen Doherty’s was 23.41. Margaret Shiels was the leading F50 runner in 23.51. Richard Raymond was to the fore in the M60 category in 24.15. Mairead Cullen’s time was 24.19. The race winner was Declan Ferry, Rosses AC, in 16.03.
Noeleen Scanlan and Aidan McKenna both had good runs in the Newell 10K on Friday evening.
Noeleen was the 3rd woman and 10th overall in a fast time of 35.15.
Aidan was 7th in a highly competitive M50 category in 39.38. The 1st woman was Fionnuala Ross, Armagh AC, and the overall winner was Yared Derese, Carrick Aces.
Barry Mackey travelled to the Midlands on Saturday morning and the journey was well worthwhile.
Barry ran an excellent time of 32.53 for the Derravaragh (Co. Westmeath) 5 Mile race.
It was Barry’s second race of the week. Barry finished in a highly creditable 13th position in a race that was won by Ronan Wogan, in 26.51.
Fin Begley was 3rd in her category in the stamina sapping Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club’s event on Saturday.
The Triathlon, based in Downings, consisted of a 1.9K swim, a 90K cycle and a Half Marathon.
The event was made even tougher by the atrocious, and most unseasonal, weather conditions.
Parkrun regular, John Doherty, completed his 45th Letterkenny parkrun in 26.11. First across the line was Frank Sherry, in 18.45.
The very popular Letterkenny AC New Mills 10K will take place on Sunday July 17th, with a 11.30am start. More details will be provided in future weeks. The club is grateful to Diver’s Hyundai for their valuable sponsorship.