Sports

Bench unveiled in memory of Kevin

Thursday, 27 July 2017

THE evening sun shining down on the track at Lifford Strabane Athletic Club last Thursday made for the perfect backdrop as club members, past and present, alongside friends and family members of the late Kevin Boyle attended the unveiling of a bench in his memory.
Kevin was a loyal and valued member of our club who sadly passed away earlier in the year, and the bench is intended to be a place where people can sit, reflect and remember Kevin's friendship, courage and determination.
Kevin continually inspired people after his diagnosis with motor neurones, displaying great resilience in the face of adversity, and always running right up until his untimely death. The club thanked all who attended and for those that provided the refreshments on the evening.
Club action
It was a relatively quiet but none the less productive week for athletes at the club after a very busy few weeks. Four athletes in action at two different road races on the evening of Thursday, July 30.
At the Run for Fun hosted by Naomh Colmcille, placing second overall at this race was club athlete Paul Dillon.
At the St. Paul's Church 5K in Ramelton, which proved to be a tough course with the heat and a 2K incline at the start, senior club athlete James Stevenson ran 17:22 to place third overall. Angela McHugh ran a personal best in 29:11, crossing the finish line with fellow club member Caroline Lynch Dillon, recording the same finishing time of 29:11.
On Saturday, Lifford Strabane AC was represented at the M.A.D. Adventure Race, which involves a run, kayak and cycle. Paddy Tourish was first to finish in a time of 1hr 29:09. Paul McNamee finished in a time of 1hr 30:19 and Anne Donnell in 1hr 52:21.
At the Dervock 10K, husband and wife team, Mickey and Maddy McCurdy, were among the 87 runners at the start line. Maddy had another strong run, running a personal best in 54:27 and winning the F40+ category. Mickey finished in a time of 60:40.
Track and Field
Lifford Strabane AC high jumper Shannon Craig and javelin thrower Gareth Crawford made the journey to the National Senior Track & Field Championships held in Santry Stadium, Dublin. The two young athletes were competing amidst very experienced senior men and women in their respective field events. Despite the gallant efforts from these young athletes, they found the competition standards to be extremely high from much senior athletes.
Upcoming dates for the diary: Owen Roe O'Neills 5K Road Race, Thursday July 27, 7:30pm. Danny McDaid 15K Letterkenny July 30, 11:30am.

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