5K Spring Series comes to a close in Lifford
Thursday, 16 February 2017
SUNDAY was 'D-Day' for Lifford Strabane Athletics Club as the club brought its annual 5K Spring Series to a close with the third and final race at Lifford.
The large numbers of participants in the two prior races made the points table very interesting and for some it was all depending on this final race performance. As a bitterly cold wind blew on the morning of the race, 70-plus Lifford Strabane members were among the 271 runners who took to the start line of the final race.
The race would take the athletes around three loops of the town, finishing in 'The Diamond'.
The first three senior male athletes to the finish line for the club, all clocking fantastic times, were James Stevenson, fifth overall in 17:18, Garreth McCullagh, who was second with a personal best in 17:54, coming in 10th overall, and third was Paul Dillon, 13th overall in 18:00.
The first three junior male athletes home for the club with outstanding performances all around were Charlie McElwaine, fourth finisher overall in 17:16; Niall Elliott, sixth finisher overall in 17:31, and Brandon McGrinder keeping the very high racing standard up to finish in 17:33.
The first four senior female club athletes to cross the finish line, all running consistently throughout the race series with super finishing times were Leoni Mullen as the first lady finisher overall with a well deserving personal best in 19:37, Carmel Hoynes ran a personal best in 22:15, and two ladies recording the exact same finishing time of 22:47 were Claire Keys and Ursula Coyle.
The first three junior female club athletes to the finish line for Lifford Strabane AC, displaying some gutsy performances, were Katelyn Stevenson in 24:16, Clara Mullen with 24:31 and Sarah Gibson, who missed one of the races in the series due to illness, finishing in 24:39.
Listed below are the 5k series Lifford Strabane AC category winners and times over the race series:
1st in Senior Male Category; James Stevenson 17:45, 17:42, 17:18
2nd in M40+ Category; Paul Dillon 18:15, 18:02, 18:00
1st in M45+ Category; Michael McGrinder18:36, 18:42, 18:19
2ndin M45+ Category; Raymond Hoynes 19:44, 19:48, 19:31
2ndin M50+ Category; Michael Duncan 19:16, 19:23, 19:22
2nd in M60+ Category; Pius Doherty 23:23, 23:35, 23:45
1st in Junior Male Category; Brandon McGrinder18:05, 18:12, 17:33
2ndin Junior Male Category; Wilson Craig 20:13, 20:31, 20:14
3rd in Junior Male Category; Charlie McElwaine N/A, N/A, 17:16
1st in Senior Female Category; Leoni Mullen 19:43, 19:48, 19:37PB
3rd in F40+ Category; Carmel Hoynes 23:01, 22:49, 22:15PB
1st in F50+ Category; Ursula Coyle 23:41, 23:13, 22:49
2nd in F50+ Category; Roisin McGinley 23:47, 23:27, 23:00PB.
1stin Junior Female Category; Katelyn Stevenson 25:21, 26:26, 24:14
2ndin Junior Female Category; Clara Mullen 25:52, 26:16, 24:31
3rdin Junior Female Category; Sarah Gibson 25:17, N/A, 24:39
A spokesperson for Lifford Strabane AC said: "On the circuit and in terms of supporting the club, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our club members in their excellent racing results. Well done to all who improved their times with season bests and personal bests."
"Thank you to those who provided food for the after race refreshments throughout the race series, and to those that took on the various roles of marshalling, chip removal, tea making, registration duties. Also, Pat Carlin for First Aid, Strabane Search & Rescue, Gardai, Naomh Pádraig GAA for providing parking facilities, Clement Clarke for entertaining the runners during the tea, Brendan and his team of time keepers for running a very successful race series and Liam Daly for his unwavering support of the annual race series proprietor of Daly's XL, sponsor of the '3 Race 5k Spring Series'.
"Lastly we would like to thank every athlete that took to the start line of our 5k series which made it the huge success that it was and would hope to see you all again at our future road races."
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