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Lifford Strabane AC star McGinley takes JB Logue Trophy.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Lifford Strabane AC star McGinley takes JB Logue Trophy. thumbnail Lifford Strabane AC athlete Alan McGinley who claimed the JB Logue Trophy at the St Patrick’s 5K road race.

OVER 170 runners and walkers from many local clubs took to the start line of the St Patrick's Day 5K Charity race in Strabane on Saturday, raising funds for local charities.

Participants saw a change of route this year, with race organisers opting for a single loop of Strabane which provided some great performances, personal bests and season bests.

And it proved to be a successful day for local club Lifford Strabane AC as Alan McGinley claimed the JB Logue Trophy and Claire McGuigan took the Gerry O'Donnell Cup.

This was the third year of the revival of what was the main running event in the North West.

McGinley was the first athlete to cross the finishing line, in a remarkable time of 16.22, to capture the top prize.

Paul McFadden, of Letterkenny AC was second in a time of 17.52 while Peter McMenamin, of Finn Valley AC, was third, in a time of 18.11.

The first woman home was McGuigan, in a time of 18.08, with Hayley Ballard, of Omagh Harriers, runner-up in 20.13.

Lifford Strabane AC's Linda McGrath was third, finishing in 20.55.

BBC Sports coach of the year, Strabane native, Stephen Maguire, was the official race starter this year and presented prizes after the event.

Stephen was awarded BBC Coach of the year 2017 for his outstanding achievements with team GB who won medals in all four relays in London 2017 World Athletics Championships.

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