Successful week of action and new records for Lifford Strabane AC

THERE was another very busy and successful week of action for the athletes and coaches of Lifford Strabane AC.

On Saturday, Februrary 23, at the Dunboyne Winter Throws Meet in Co. Meath, Lifford Strabane AC’s leading hammer thrower, Brendan O’Donnell, became the first Donegal athlete in history to break the 60-metre mark in the Hammer Throw with a very impressive throw measuring 60.45 metres.

“This was the very promising athlete’s first competition of the year in what will be his first full season as a senior athlete. Brendan marked this by going further than any Donegal man has ever gone before by breaking the previous Donegal Senior Hammer Record of 58.71m which he set last July in Bangor,” said a spokesperson for the club. “Congratulations Brendan on what is an exceptional promising start to the new season.”

Then, on Saturday, March 2, the club's Adrienne Gallen and Hannah Whyte made the long trip to Templemore, Co. Tipperary to compete at the annual Tipp Throws Meet.

“In the first event of the day in wet and blustery conditions Adrienne had a 10.98M in the Shot Putt, a little down on her best but a good putt nonetheless in what was very trying conditions,” continued the spokesperson.

“Hannah also competed well at this event with her best putt being 8.85m. In the Javelin, Hannah threw the 400g implement out to 25.79m and will be pleased with this early season performance.

“Adrienne had a very impressive personal best in the Discus of 26.07m whilst Hannah also impressed with a solid 20.10m before having to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

In the Hammer, Adrienne had an excellent first-round throw of 45.53m, a solid season opener with the 3kg implement and a mark to build on as the track and field season progresses over the next few months.

“Well done to both athletes on making the trip to Tipp worthwhile! Wishing Hannah a speedy recovery from her shoulder injury.

“Meanwhile, closer to home at the increasingly popular Derry 10 Miler which had a record number of participants with over 1,300 runners signing up for this road race. The race itself started on the running track at St. Columb’s Park with runners doing a lap of the track prior to taking to the road with the weather not being ideal for racing. Lifford Strabane AC was represented by 16 senior athletes at this event.

“First of the Lifford Strabane AC’s athletes to the finish line was the unwavering Linda McGrath. Linda had a strong run to finish in a superb time of 73:05! Well done Linda. Claire Keys was the second senior female club finisher in a great time of 81:25 with Veronika McGillian third female club finisher hot on her heels in 81:26!

“For the senior males it was Martin Kelly who was first to the finish line in 74:20. Club juvenile coach, Dermot Kelly, was next to the line for Lifford Strabane AC in a super time of 76:44 with Chris Cuskelly third senior male club finisher in 77:16. Well done everyone.”

Other news

Master Track and Field athlete, Mark Doherty, attended the AIPO National Powerlifting Championships in Limerick on February 24. Mark placed second overall in the bench press with a 110kg lift, finished first in the deadlift with a lift of 202.5 kg and won his category M3 under 100k. Well done Mark.

“Well done to all who competed and represented Lifford Strabane AC over the course of the week. Congrats to all competition winners, category winners, medal recipients, those whom achieved deserving personal bests, record makers and record breakers! All at the club are tremendously proud of your achievements,” added the club spokesperson.

Orders for club gear are now being taken. Anyone wishing to order club gear please contact the club’s public prelations officer Carmel Hoynes or private message the club’s Facebook page.

Lifford Strabane AC’s awards night will be held on March 15 in Maggie’s Tavern. This is the perfect chance to get glammed up and celebrate with your fellow club mates on the club’s success. The event starts at 7.30pm with food served at 8pm, tickets are priced at €5 or €20 for family ticket. Tickets are available from committee members Dale Armstrong, Orla McNulty and Lisa Kerlin.

Notice to club coaches: please encourage all athletes’ to attend the awards ceremony – destined to be a great night of celebrations.

On Saturday, May 4, Lifford Strabane AC will host the second of their annual Throws Fest. More details to follow.

Anyone interesting in getting involved with assisting with Juvenile Training on a Monday night from 6.30pm can contact any committee member to express their interest.

Juvenile training Mondays and Wednesdays will take place at 6.30pm (weather permitting). Training for athletes aged 10 years and under will be held in Lifford Community Centre on Mondays at 6.30pm sharp.  The Walking Club meet on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 6.30pm. Adult training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm. New members always welcome. All training sessions are coach led.

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