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Busy time for Lifford Strabane runners

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Busy time for Lifford Strabane runners thumbnailBusy time for Lifford Strabane runners

AS 2016 came to a close and 2017 got off to a start, there was a flurry of activity from Lifford Strabane AC members.
Many finished a very successful racing year off on a high with well deserving personal bests (Pb's) or category prizes. These are very much welcomed by athletes anytime of the year, to achieve them on the final day of the racing year brings feelings of satisfaction. It is the just rewards for all those athletes that trained consistently through the year and it puts down markers for new goals and challenges for themto focus on in 2017.
Northwest Indoor Games
On Friday, December 30, Lifford Strabane AC's McGinley brothers, Alan and Conor, travelled alongside fellow club athlete Charlie McElwaine to the AIT, Athlone to participate in the Northwest Indoor Games. All three young lads displayed solid performances. Their showing at this event will benefit them with valued experience for the coming indoor competitions commencing at the end of January.
Aghyaran St Davogs 5K
On Saturday, The club had athletes attending two road races. Three adult and one juvenile member were among the 70 athletes who supported St Davog's GAA 3k walk/5k Run in Aghyaran. The first Lifford Strabane AC club member to the finish line was young Aaron McGrath in a smashing time of 20:35 (PB). This athlete was the winner of the Male U16 Category, and seventh finisher overall. Linda McGrath was the second finisher for the club in a super time of 23:12, placing third senior lady overall. Martin Kelly was the next club member to cross the finish line in a time of 24:52 followed by Maddy McCurdy 29:15.
Lough 5
At the Loughmacrory 5 mile road race were there was well in excess of 500 athletes, with the club was well represented at this race with 19 adult and one juvenile club member taking to the start line. Among the the 20 club members three picked up category prizes and numerous PB's were achieved. First senior male club athlete to cross the finish line in a fantastic time of 29:03, placing ninth, overall, was Paul Kelly. Paul was the winner of the M35+ Category. Michael McGrinder was second senior male athlete home for the club taking a massive 39 seconds off his previous 5 mile race time to finish in a super time of 32:07(PB), 35th finisher overall. Making a return to racing after being out of action for a number of months due to injury, and finishing third for the club in a great time of 32:34 was club athlete Shea Carlin, 37th overall.
Lifford Strabane AC's only juvenile male representative, Brandon McGrinder, had another fantastic race to run a very impressive 46 seconds faster than his previous best time over this distance to finish in a superb time of 31:10. Brandon was also successful in placing second in the U19 male category, 25th finisher overall.
Ita Kelly was the first female club member finisher. Ita placed second in the F45+ category running a great time of 35:55. Second female club finisher was Bridgid McCloskey who runs with the Glenelly Branch of Lifford Strabane AC finishing in a time of 46:44(PB), 51 seconds faster than her previous 5 mile race on Boxing Day. Third was Lorraine McGrinder returning from injury to finish in a fine time of 51:40.
Raphoe 5k Family Fun Run
On Sunday, New Year's Day, Raphoe's 5k Family Fun Run took place. 11 adult and four juvenile athletes showed up to support this event. This race was well supported seeing 200 plus runners takingto the start line. 1st senior male club member finisher was James Crossan in a fantastic time of 18:12, Ed McGroarty was 2nd in a time of 21:57 followed by John Craig in a fine time of 22:05.
Thomas Mullen Jr, who is more accustomed to competing in track and field events, had a great run to finish in a terrific time of 19:50. Harvey Mullen finished second in the boys category in a superb time of 21:51. Katelyn Stevenson had a strong run to finish in a time of 25:12, placing second junior female. The youngest member of the Mullen family, Clara, was successful in winning the girls category running a great time 26:53.
First senior female club member home for the club was Yvonne Cairns in a fine time of 25:38. Mary Mullen was next to finish in 26:49, Orla McNulty finished in a time of 29:59 followed by Lisa Kerlin 30:49.
Looking ahead, on Sunday January 8, at 11am, the 'Run for Lucas 5k Fun Run' race takes place in Clady, hosted by Urney St Columba's and Clady Cross Community Development Association. 5 entry fee.
Lifford Strabane AC's 5k series commences on Sunday, January 15, with St Johnston/Carrigans race starting at 10am. Race two takes place on Sunday, January 29 and the final race of the Winter/Spring 5k series takes place on Sunday, February 12. More details to follow in the coming week.
Juvenile training times; 6.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Adults training times; 6.45pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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