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Huge weekend of action for Lifford Strabane AC.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Huge weekend of action for Lifford Strabane AC. thumbnail The Lifford Strabane AC athletes who took part in the Glenmore 10Mile Road Race.

FROM GLASGOW to Athlone, Abbotstown to Ballybofey, one of the busiest weekend of sporting activities for the athletes of Lifford Strabane AC saw a cache of medals and plentiful personal bests.

Juvenile athletes Diarmuid O'Donnell, Harvey Mullen, Cormac O'Donnell and Ashleigh McArdle representing the club at the Scottish Athletics Combined Events Championships in Glasgow.


It was the determined Diarmuid that struck gold winning the Scottish Combined Events U13 Championships after what can only be described as a herculean performance which included several best performances for this young athlete over the five events. Diarmuid competed for the title against 20 other competitors from all over Scotland, beating them on their own turf.

Ashleigh McArdle's gutsy performance in the U13 Girls Combined Events Scottish Championships resulted in an excellent seventh place overall, with a personal best high jump of 1.38m.


Harvey Mullen placed 11th overall in the Boys U13 Combined Events Scottish Championships. Cormac O'Donnell placed 13th overall in the U15 Boys U13 Combined Events Scottish Championships with a personal best high jump of 1.46m.

Meanwhile in Athlone at the Ulster Juvenile Indoor Championships, the future stars of Lifford Strabane AC were producing performances resulting 13 medals in total - four golds, five silvers, four bronze - qualification for the All-Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in March.


The first of the gold medals came from Ross Henderson in the U16 Boys Shot Putt, while older brother Ryan Henderson took gold in the U18 Boys Shot Putt.

Cormac O'Donnell and Ashleigh McArdle made the round trip from Glasgow to Athlone worthwhile with both athletes picking up the final two gold medals. In the U15 Boys High Jump Cormac jumped a personal of 1.54m, 8cm higher than his previous jump in Scotland.

Ashleigh too jumped a personal best taking gold in the U13 Girls High Jump with 1.40m.

Silver medals came from Adrienne Gallen in the U15 Girls Shot Putt, Chloe Costello silver in the U12 Girls Long Jump. Nathan Russell silver in the U12 Boys High Jump and U12 Boys 60m hurdles. Silver for Clara Mullen in the Girls U12 High Jump. Bronze medals came from U12 Girls Relay Team, Caoimhe Gallen in the U12 Girls Shot Putt, Una O'Donnell in the U14 Girls Shot Putt. Emer McFadden in the U12 Girls 600m race. Well deserving personal bests for the young Oran Gallagher in the U13 Boys 600m race and U13 Boys 60m hurdles.

Lifford Strabane AC's Shannon Craig was in action in Abbotstown, Dublin at the AAI Games. Shannon took third place in the Senior Women's High Jump event clearing the bar with a jump of 1.60m, showing great improvements on last weekends performance.

All at Lifford Strabane AC would like to thank the club coaches who have given so much of their time over the past number of months in preparation of their athletes for such events.


A special mention of appreciation to the parents of these young athletes for their continued support, ensuring that their children are given every opportunity of success and participation in the sport of athletics, transporting the children to training and competitions.

On the road racing scene, the venue was Finn Valley Centre for the second Glenmore 10mile Road Race. This race had 551 finishers which saw quite a large contingent of Lifford Strabane AC athletes taking to the start line one juvenile and 33 senior athletes in total.


The morning itself was a cool, dry, calm morning with a winters sun breaking through to keep a chill out of the air.

Great racing performances were had from all 34 club athletes with many personal bests being achieved. Paul Kelly was the first club athlete to the finish line running a personal best in a super-fast time of 59:33 placing an impressionable eighth overall.


In 10th place overall was the ever-improving Kenny Melaugh. Kenny finished second for the club running a personal best in a fantastic time of 59:39, knocking a substantial four minutes off his previous time over this distance.

Master Athlete Bill Duncan was next to the line for the club. This gutsy athlete finished 15th overall, running a personal best in a superb time of 60:39 which resulted in him taking first place in the M50+ Category.


Brother Michael Duncan finished fourth for the club and placed second in the M50+ Category running a personal best in a terrific time of 64:20. Juvenile Athlete Mark McCurdy finished in the fine time of 87:34.

For the ladies it was comeback queen Linda McGrath that was the first of senior lady athlete to the finish line. This athlete showed great potential in 2017 and unfortunately had to take time out of racing but has picked up were she left off. Linda finished in a super time of 75:16, just a mere five seconds slower than her personal best time.


Veronika Novakova was next to the line for the club running a personal best and hot on her training partners heels in a speedy time of 75:31. Claire Keys was the third senior lady finisher for the club in a great time of 80:02.

This weekend sees the final race of the 5k Spring Series taking place on Sunday, February 11. The venue for this race is Lifford. Race commencing at 10:30am. Registration takes place at Lifford Strabane AC.

In other news, Lifford Strabane AC are delighted to announce their first annual Lifford Strabane Throw Fest will take place at the Ben O'Donnell Track, Lifford on Saturday, April 28.

The club look forward to welcoming throwers everywhere to Lifford in what will be the largest ever gathering of throwers in the North West.

All throwing events will be catered for - Discus, Hammer, Javelin and Shot. Age groups from U14 to Senior will be catered for, and more details are to follow.

Pre-ordered club gear is now ready for collection. Thanks to all whom took advantage of the collection nights organised. Can anyone with items to collect message the clubs facebook page to arrange collection. All goods must be paid in full on collection.

Save the date for the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday, April 29, costing 23. Registration now open at: www.derrystrabane.com/halfmarathon .

Details of new route will follow shortly.

Juvenile Training continues Monday and Wednesday at 6:30pm. Walking Group continues Mondays and Wednesday at 6:30pm.

Adult Training continues Tuesday and Thursday 6:45pm.

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