Sports

Busy weekend of action for Lifford Strabane AC

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A VERY busy weekend of activities from Lifford Strabane AC club athletes kicked off on Friday at the Donegal Sports Star Awards in Letterkenny.

Club juvenile members, Thomas Mullen Jr and Aaron McGrath were recognised for helping secure for the first time ever a UK Sportshall Title with the Donegal U15 Boys Team last April.

On Saturday, attentions turned to club athlete Conor Gallagher in the indoor competitions at the Irish Life Health National Indoor round two at the AIT International Arena, Athlone. Conor raced in the Mens Guest 1500m, placing 13th overall with a time of 4:43:92. At the same venue on Sunday, it was the turn of two juvenile athletes to get into the action at the Irish Life National Junior and U23 championships.

Shannon Craig jumped her way to claim the national junior high jump title. This is Shannon's first national junior high jump title, a deserving result for an athlete who puts a lot of dedication and hard work into her athletics that does not go unnoticed by all at the club. Alan McGinley was the other athlete in action and he had a strong run in the Junior Men's 1500m, placing sixth overall in a fine time of 4:09:13, a mere one second outside his personal best.

 

5K 3 Road Race Series

Sunday saw the second race of the club's 5K DalysXL 3 Road Race Series. This year the club opted for Strabane to be the venue for the second race in the series, for the first time since the series began. New and unknown routes add to the anticipation and excitement to races, with athletes venturing into the unknown and unware of what route that lies ahead of them.

The morning itself started out frosty and very cold but things soon heated up by the time the runners made their way towards the 2k marker. This race was well supported from local clubs and over 80 of our own club members, including 9 from the Glenelly branch of Lifford Strabane AC made up the 302 runners toeing the start line. Before the race commenced a minutes silence was held in memory of our club member Kevin Boyle who sadly passed away a week ago. the club thanked all for the dignified manner and respect displayed.

The consistent club athlete, James Stevenson, was first male senior home for the club this week again in a fantastic time of 17:42, running seconds faster than the first race in the series, placing tenth overall in a top quality field. Paul Dillon was next to the finish line, running a superb time of 18:02. Garreth McCullagh was the thirrd senior male finisher in a super

time of 18:08. Juvenile member Brandon McGrinder was first of the juvenile males to the finish line for the club in a terrific time of 18:12, Wilson Craig was second in a super time of 20:31 with Rory Carlin finishing third for the club in a great time of 20:45. For the ladies it was Leoni Mullen finishing second overall with an outstanding time of 19:45. Club athlete Dympna Houston had a great run to finish in a superb time of 21:27. Dympna was closely followed by Jacqui Timoney who finished in a time of 21:33.

Juvenile female member Clara Mullen displaying real determination for such a young athlete to finish in a fine time of 26:16 with fellow club athlete Katelyn Stevenson running 26:26 over the 5k distance.

The final race in this series which takes place on Sunday, February 12, in Lifford. Elsewhere, the 'Couch to 5k' programme continues on Thursdays at 6:30pm. The draw for the free entry into Omagh Half Marathon which was kindly donated by organisers of this event will take place on Thursday, February 2, and all registered club members that have both their registration and term one of their club membership paid. The draw takes place prior to training on Thursday at the club.

Training continues for juveniles on Monday and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Adults training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45pm.

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