Lifford Strabane athletes impress at Convoy 10K

Thursday, 13 April 2017

DESPITE the early race start Lifford Strabane AC athletes were in cruise control at Convoy 10k Road Race on Sunday, on what proved to be a perfect morning for racing and spectating.

Among the 254 finishers at this popular road race, Lifford Strabane AC was represented by 28 senior club athletes and one junior male athlete. 19 well deserving personal bests and fast times were recorded by these athletes, with many having raced last weekend.

This reported 'fast course' does not come easy, with plenty of inclines to keep you working on from 2.5K to 6K. A downhill finish encouraged runners to push it right to the line.

The club's solo junior male participant, young Mark McCurdy, had a superb run to finish six minutes faster than his previous 10k time for a personal best time of 50:49.

First three male senior club athletes, all running personal bests and fantastic times, were; Philip Kelly 38:17PB, taking one minute off his previous time, Kevin McMenamin 39:47PB who also took one minute off his previous time, and the ever consistent John Coyle, who is having a great racing season to date, ran 41:37PB.

First three female senior club athletes who ran personal bests and superb times were; Linda McGrath leading the pack and taking over two minutes off her previous 10k time to finish in 45:09PB, Carmel Hoynes just pipped her fellow club athlete to the line in 46:06PB, taking one minute and 40 seconds off her previous time over this race distance, with Roisin McGinley's super race form continues as she the race of her life knocking five minutes off her previous 10K time to finish in 46:11PB and placed second in F50+ Category.

Other club athletes times were: David McNulty 42:49, Oliver Barrett 43:04, Martin Kelly 44:22PB, Christopher Cuskelly 44:41, Claire Keys 47:24PB, John McElwaine 47:28, Ursula Coyle 48:26PB, Aidan McGrath 48:51PB, Andrea Porter 49:17PB, Oonagh McGuigan 49:32 1st 10K, Joyce McKittrick 49:33, Jay Walsh 50:23, Pius Doherty 50:27PB, Eileen Crawford 51:16PB, Laurence Doherty 51:30PB, Paul Crawford 51:57, Stephen Kerlin 55:18PB, Rhonda Porter 55:28, Lisa Kerlin 59:30PB, Orla McNulty 59:53PB, Judy Duddy 59:55PB, Denise Langan 67:15.

Over the last two weekends Anne has been extremely busy taking part in her very first duathlon in Rathmullan, followed up by the Shore to Summit event in Drumfries located between Buncrana and Ballyliffin.

The club has planned to host a small competition on Tuesday, April 18, for U9 to U11 members. Volunteers required to help out with this event. Check the facebook page for further details.Parents of juvenile athletes should note that the club will be closed for Easter holidays from Friday 14th to Wednesday 19th, inclusive apart from the competitonfor the relevant age groups.

Normal training arrangements resumes on Monday, April 24. Any queries regarding these

matters contact us through your child/childrens coach or via thefacebook page. Training continues for the senior athletes on Tuesday 18.

On Thursday, April 20, Lifford Strabane AC will be providing chip timing at the O.N.E. Perpetual 5K in Carrigans, race starting at 7:30pm. Juvenile training nights are at the club on Monday and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Adults on Tuesday and Thursdays for 6:45pm. Couch-2-5K Programme continues Thursdays on 6:30pm.


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