A weekend of action and PBs for Lifford Strabane AC

Thursday, 6 April 2017

FOR the second weekend in a row Lifford Strabane AC athletes, their parents and coaches made the trip to Athlone to the National Juvenile Indoor Championships with athletes competing over the two days in their respective events.

On Saturday past, Adrienne Gallen was the only medal recipient of the weekend. This young thrower placed second overall in the Girls U14's Shot Putt 11.58M to take home a silver medal, narrowly missing out on gold by a mere 1cm. In the same event club athlete ine Marie McBride achieved a personal best with a throw of 10.27M to place seventh overall.

In the Girls U12 Long Jump, Ashleigh McArdle jumped 3.75m to place ninth overall.

In the Boys U19's 800M, Alan McGinley placed fifth overall in 2:02:32 and Niall Elliott in 2:08:59 placing eighth.

In the Boys 60M Hurdles, Diarmuid O'Donnell had a great result to run a PB in this event.

On the second for the competitions it was the turn of club juvenile athlete Olivia Cuskelly to compete in the 3KG Hammer event. This is the first year for this young athlete to compete with this weight. Olivia, the reigning U15 champion, found herself competing against a very experienced group of athletes 13 in total, some as much as two years older. Olivia had a great performance to place fourth overall with a personal best throw of 38.42M.

On the roads there were 30 athletes in action at the 28th Spar Omagh Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run. The runners had a damp start and found the hilly course windy in places. The 5K Fun Run had 1,451 finishers. Lifford Strabane AC was represented by club athlete Debbie Deans in this race.

The half marathon was a sell out with 1,679 finishers in total. Lifford Strabane AC was represented by 29 club athletes, 19 of whom ran personal bests. With a few running between 10 minutes and 12 minutes faster than their previous half marathon race finish times.

Garreth McCullagh was the first male Lifford and Strabane AC male athlete to cross the line in a smashing time of 1:24:58PB. This is a great result for this athlete who has been concentrating on shorter distances lately. The ever consistent Michael Duncan was next to the line in a terrific time of 1:25:41PB. Raymond Hoynes displayed great racing form to finish third for the club in a superb time of 1:28:45PB. This is the first time this athlete has run a sub 1:30 over this distance.

The ever improving and showing great potential Linda McGrath was the first of the female senior club athletes to the finish line. Linda had a fantastic run to finish in 1:47:01PB with fellow club athlete and training partner Veronika McGillian hot on her heels finishing in 1:47:20PB. Maddy McCurdy was third to finish for the club in 1:57:18PB, 11 minutes faster than her previous half marathon time.

Almost 500 runners and walkers were blessed with sunny skies on Sunday for the Rundonegal Womens 5K. Lifford Strabane AC were represented by four club athletes at this event. Roisin McGinley was the only club female athlete in action at this race. Roisin's fine form continues, running a personal best in a super time of 22:27PB - 37 seconds faster than her previous best time over this distance and placed second in the F50+ Category. Club athlete Pius Doherty was next in 26:31, Shaun Doherty in 26:34 and Laurence Doherty in 26:35.

"Well done to all who competed over the course of the weekend," said a spokesperson. Congratulations to all who ran well deserved personal bests. Personal bests are a result of commitment and positive attitude to your training.

"Convoy AC will be hosting their 10K Road Race on Sunday, starting at 9:30am. The club would hope that our club members will attend this race and show their support to this local club.

"Term 2 membership payments are now due. Payments can be made at the clubhouse between 6.30pm and 8pm between Monday, April 3 and Thursday, April 6.

"Training continues for juveniles on Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm. Adults continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.45pm. The Couch to 5K programme continues on Thursdays at 6.30pm. All new members welcomed."


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