Letterkenny AC International Track Meet- 10th July 2015


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At Friday’s Letterkenny AC International a group of Spartans were in competitive action. On a holiday home from America, Spartan Jp Williamson was 2nd in the 3000m in 8.35.16 while likewise Aaron Doherty returned from Spain to impress also with a 8.51.61 clocking. Great runs by both red vests! Conor Doherty battled well for a 9.08.13 clocking. In the 800m Shane McGowan returned to form; now being coached by Eamon Gee to produce a big run finish of 1.57.70.

Well done to all!

Rathmullan 5K Report and Sub 23 Results-10th July 2015

Spartans Triumph with impressive PBs and Age Category Wins in Rathmullan


Two course records smashed in Rathmullan 5k with Conor Bradley breaking 15 minutes at 14:58 for the men's and Natasha Adams running an impressive 16:29 for the women's

Two course records smashed in Rathmullan 5k with Conor Bradley breaking 15 minutes at 14:58 for the men’s and Natasha Adams running an impressive 16:29 for the women’s


At Thursday Night’s Rathmullan 5K Spartan Conor Bradley returned superbly after a spell on the sidelines with a shin injury to smash the course record and win at a canter in 14.58. The Spartan will now hope for a injury free spell as he no doubt turns his attentions to much bigger races.

New recruit and Dungiven man Dermot Mc Elhinney smashed the 16 min barrier for the first time as he claimed 3rd place in a tight finish with Pauric Breslin and Ivan Toner both Letterkenny AC.

Catherine Whoriskey again impressed as she finished 2nd in a PB of 17.36 behind the class act Natasha Adams. Jackie McGinley finished 4th in a PB of 18.45 as she showed she is progressing nicely ahead of the European masters.

Kyle Doherty and Micheal Murphy both secured top 10 finishes against over 400 competing athletes. A huge posse of red vests made the journey and competed on the night with two eye catching runs in Christopher Crampsey claiming 2nd MJ and Liam George, now back in the red vest,claiming 3rd MJ. Results are listed below with City of Derry Runners and North West Triathlon in Bold.

Well done to all!

Rathmullan 5k 2015- Sub 23 Minutes Results

Place, Bib, Name, Sex, Age Category, Club Affiliation and Time
1 700 Conor Bradley M SM City of Derry 14:58
2 699 Pauric Breslin m SM Letterkenny AC 15:50
3 271 Dermot Mc Elhinney m M40 15:52
4 194 Ivan Toner m M35 Letterkenny AC 15:53
5 203 Mark McPaul m SM Finn Valley AC 15:58
6 673 Anthony Doherty m m35 16:13
7 270 Shane Mc Nulty m M35 Finn Valley AC 16:18
8 252 Kyle Doherty m SM City of Derry 16:20
9 282 Dermot McElchar m SM Finn Valley AC 16:20
10 258 Michael Murphy m M35 City of Derry 16:25
11 698 Natasha Adams w SW Letterkenny AC 16:29
12 650 John Doherty m M35 Cranford AC 16:41
13 672 Raymond Birch m sm Letterkenny AC 17:06
14 646 Noel Diver m SM Rosses AC 17:14
15 668 Martin McColgan m JM Carnoustie 17:22
16 215 Anthony Doherty m M45 Milford AC 17:28
17 243 Kevin Ferry m M40 Letterkenny AC 17:30
18 641 Kieran Crawford m SM Letterkenny AC 17:31
19 47 Barney Ferry m M35 Crumlin Runners 17:32
20 166 Catherine Whoriskey w SW City of Derry 17:36
21 278 Ben George m M40 Letterkenny AC 17:38
22 615 Darren Price m M35 Letterkenny AC 17:44
23 266 Paul Russell m M35 17:49
24 193 Brian Crossan m M35 Letterkenny Kick Boxing 17:59
25 594 John Whoriskey m M35 18:01
26 227 Niall Barry m M35 18:03
27 302 Christopher Crampsey m JM City of Derry 18:04
28 241 James Stevenson m M35 Lifford AC 18:05
29 242 Liam George m JM 18:08
30 276 Luke Davy m SM 18:09
31 184 Dermot Connolly m m55 City of Derry 18:10
32 142 Russell Porter m SM Russells C 2 5K 18:15
33 616 Ciaran O’ Donnell m M45 Letterkenny AC 18:15
34 236 PJ Hagan m SM Milford AC 18:19
35 183 Colin Mc Nulty m M40 Finn Valley AC 18:20
36 287 James Donaghey m Convoy AC 18:21
37 77 Peter Lilburn m M60 City of Derry 18:23
38 401 Fergus Callaghan m SM 18:32
39 269 Barry Chambers m M35 Finn Valley AC 18:34
40 277 Sinead Peoples w SW Letterkenny AC 18:34
41 305 James Crampsie m M45 City of Derry 18:36
42 192 Jackie Mc Ginley w W45 City of Derry 18:45
43 630 Ryan Jordan m JM 18:48
44 636 Ray McGaghey m M45 18:49
45 69 Donal Haughey m M60 Tir Chonaill AC 18:51
46 291 Michael Galvin m m40 Letterkenny AC 18:53
47 234 Declan Mc Girr m M35 Foyle Vallley 18:56
48 224 Desmond Fahy m m45 Orangegrove AC 19:03
49 244 Paul Coyle m M35 Foyle Valley 19:06
50 629 Troy Hegarty m M35 Letterkenny AC 19:07
51 643 N.N. 643 19:12
52 635 John McFadden m M35 19:21
53 205 Kieran Murray m M35 Milford AC 19:27
54 71 Daniel Hewitt m SM Crumlin Runners 19:29
55 195 Jane Mc Ginley w W35 Letterkenny AC 19:30
56 696 Mark McFadden m M40 19:40
57 316 Donnchadh Parkinson m JM 19:46
58 592 Curley Coyle m M35 Ramelton 19:50
59 250 Paddy Ryan m SM 19:51
60 297 Damian Rogers m m45 19:56
61 314 Brendan Connor m M50 City of Derry 19:58
62 247 Shaun Boyce m SM Speer Performance 20:00
63 248 Karl Egan m SM Speer Performance 20:00
64 274 Kealan O’ Donnell m JM 20:06
65 686 Gerard Marley m SM 20:07
66 134 Brian O’ Donnell m M40 Crumlin Runners 20:15
67 576 James Whoriskey m M35 Milford AC 20:16
68 300 Peter O’Donnell m M35 City of Derry 20:18
69 685 John Ward m SM Milford AC 20:22
70 200 Michael Duncan m M50 Lifford AC 20:25
71 639 James McLaughlin m M50 20:25
72 280 Marie Harper w W35 Finn Valley AC 20:30
73 408 Darragh Kelly m M35 20:32
74 667 Seamus Ferry m M45 Milford AC 20:34
75 653 Paddy McCambridge m M50 North Belfast Harriers 20:36
76 208 Ita Kelly w W45 Lifford AC 20:41
77 216 Pj Lyons m M40 20:42
78 649 Colette McElwaine w W40 Milford AC 20:42
79 571 Adrian McGarvey m M35 20:43
80 631 Martin Jordan m M35 20:58
81 246 Ciaran McLaughlin m SM 21:00
82 213 Ben Folan m JM 21:01
83 253 Janeen Leese w SW City of Derry 21:05
84 313 Paul McGilloway m M50 North West Triathlon 21:05
85 251 Kevin Doherty m M40 Crumlin Runners 21:08
86 627 Mark Curran m SM 21:08
87 204 Kenneth Moore m m45 Milford AC 21:12
88 218 Stephen Shiels m M40 Letterkenny AC 21:13
89 564 Geard Dorrian m M50 Milford AC 21:14
90 260 Stephan Canavan m m40 North West Triathlon 21:25
91 261 Brigeen Canavan w W45 City of Derry 21:25
92 199 Michael Gallagher m M55 Foyle Vallley 21:33
93 202 Fergal O’Gara m SM 21:38
94 642 Lynn Crawford w SW 21:40
95 402 Joe Coyle m SM 21:43
96 196 Rachel Doherty w W40 Foyle Vallley 21:44
97 267 Paul Mc Namee m M50 Lifford AC 21:44
98 198 Paula McGilloway w W50 City of Derry 21:50
99 628 Rory Reynolds m M35 21:52
100 265 Noreen Bonner w W55 21:53
101 693 Marian Kerr w W35 21:55
102 67 Clare Harkin w W35 City of Derry 21:58
103 249 Richard Raymond m M60 Letterkenny AC 21:59
104 206 Noel Mc Cormick m M40 22:01
105 177 Kenny Merritt m SM 22:05
106 670 Francis Diver m M45 Milford AC 22:06
107 262 Brendan Sheridan m m45 22:19
108 565 Neil McBride m SM 22:26
109 172 Christopher Cuskelly m M40 Lifford AC 22:28
110 411 Owen Fogarty m M50 Milford AC 22:28

Raphoe 5k- 7th July 2015

Spartan Duo Take Honours At Raphoe


Sarah and Joe on the winning team in Raphoe on Tuesday Night

Sarah and Joe on the winning team in Raphoe on Tuesday Night

Sarah Kivelehan continued her recent sparkling form with a convincing win at Tuesday night’s Raphoe 5km. Sarah ran a swift 19 mins 36 secs to take first prize in the open ladies’ section and 4 seconds ahead of teammate Joe Mc Carthy on 19 mins 40 secs who once again took second prize in the 50 plus category.

Both deserve credit for taking up the challenge of two races in three days and no doubt Sarah’s coach and recent First Class Honours Graduate Dara Furey, will be aiming to take her to the next level in the near future.

Action now moves to Rathmullan on Thursday night where City of Derry ladies will travel in strength to challenge for honours under the direction of Dara. Good luck to all!!!

Newtowncunningham 5km -5th July 2015

Podium Places and Great Wins for Spartan Trio!

Sarah, Un and Joe collecting their prizes after impressive runs on a hot and humid Sunday morning

Sarah, Una and Joe collecting their prizes after impressive runs on a hot and humid Sunday morning


On Sunday 5th of July in the Newtowncunningham 5K a trio of Spartans collected prizes on what was a humid day and a very hilly course!

Sarah Kivelehan continued her winning streak as she collected another impressive win running 20.00.

Una Gavin also made it onto the podium finishing 3rd with a great run in 22.57.

Veteran Joe McCarthy finished in 20:50 to collect an excellent 2nd in his M50 category.

Good efforts by all.Congratulations to all three!

Upcoming Malin Races: Sunday 26th July 2015


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Following on from the success of last year’s sixth Malin Road Races, INISH Pharmacy are delighted to once again sponsor the 5K Road Race and the Malin Mile. This year we are again running a senior and a Juvenile Malin Mile.


Once again, in addition to €100 personal prize money, the First Male and First Female back for the Malin Mile (winners) will earn €100 for their Athletic Club – SO IF THEY WIN, THE CLUB WINS!


The Senior Malin Mile @ 11.00am – Sunday 26th July 2015


The Senior Mile starts in Malin Town. The runners run out over the bridge. They then turn half a mile out and run back in to town again – turn left and again finish at the phone box.


The Junior Malin Mile @ 11.05am – Sunday 26th July 2015


The Junior Mile follows the same route as the Juvenile Mile race. The runners run out over the bridge. They then turn half a mile out and run back in to town again – turn left and again finish at the phone box.


Malin 5K @ 11.30am. (Walkers not only welcome but encouraged) – – Sunday 26th July 2015


The 5K Race will follow the same course route as previous years. It will start outside Malin Town on the Culdaff Road. The runners will run out of town towards Ballyboe. They will then turn left and run up towards the Malin – Glengad Road. Once at the road the will again turn left and run back downhill towards the town. The finish line is at the telephone box.


There is a €10 race entry for all participants. ALL the entry fee money goes directly to the RNLI. INISH Pharmacy contributes the Prize money – and we are delighted to do so and support these events and the RNLI. Inishowen Athletics supplies the Junior Mile Race medals.




There will be Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals for the first 3 in each of the juvenile age categories (under 13, 15 and 17 male and female). In keeping with Athletics Ireland guidelines, for a juvenile to be under 13 they must not be 13 on or before

the 31st December 2015. In other words, they must be 11 or 12 in all of 2015 and not 13 until 2014. The same applies to all the other age groups.


The current Junior Race Record was set last year by Ben Ferran (Lagan Valley AC) and is 5 minutes and 23 seconds. The current Female Junior Race Record was set last year by Mary Teresa Doherty (Inishowen AC) and is 6 minutes and 12 seconds


Senior MALIN MILE @ 11.10am


       Open Race –


1st Prize €100 (plus €100 prize money given to winner’s Athletic Club)

2nd Prize €75

3rd Prize €50

4th Prize €40

Both Male and Female categories.


If the male or female race record is beaten then an additional €30 will be given to the 1st place winner.


The Male Malin Mile record is held by Patrick Brennan (Letterkenny AC) in a time of 4.27.


The Female Malin Mile record is held by Joanne English (Letterkenny AC) in a time of 5.40.


Malin 5K Road Race @ 11.30am


Open Race – aged 18 and over


1st €50

2nd €40

3rd €30


Age Categories –


Age 35-39 – First to finish €25 (Female category only)

Age 40-44 – First to finish €25

Age 45-49 – First to finish €25

Age 50-54 – First to finish €25

Age 55-59 – First to finish €25

Age 60 and over – First to finish €25


Both Male and Female categories


If the race record is beaten then an additional €25 will be given to the 1st placed male and female winners.


The male record is currently 15 minutes and 26 seconds (15.26). This is also held by Patrick Brennan (Letterkenny AC).

The female record is currently 18 minutes and 41 seconds. This is held by Helena Crossan (Inishowen AC)

Walkers are not only welcome but also very much encouraged. Anyone who registers as a ‘Walker’ will be entered a draw for one of three €20 Inish Pharmacy Gift Vouchers.



For more information contact Colin Deeny at Inish Pharmacy – 00353-74-93 29324 or colin@inishpharmacy.com. Inish Health is a health group providing Pharmacy, Podiatry and Physiotherapy services in Inishowen.



Road Runners Eye New Dessie’s Run and Waterside Half Marathon Courses

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Two long established and very significant road races, City of Derry Spartans annual Dessies Run and the Council led Waterside Half Marathon are beginning to loom large in the thoughts of local road runners and joggers, as the 25th August and 6th September respective dates draw closer.

The local pavements, Parks and Greenways abound with runners of all descriptions and many of them have Dessies and the WHM in their sights. Eight weeks to the Dessies 10k and nine weeks to the 13.1 mile WHM and while entries for the latter have been available online since early June, the Dessies Run entry process will open this Monday 6th July.

To enter simply send your Name, Club if any, Age on Race day and TShirt size to dessierun@gmail.com

The entry fee is £10 and this can be paid when the race pack is collected on the day at race HQ in the U3A Foyle building in the Gransha grounds between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday 25th July. With TShirts on offer to the first 150  entrants early entry is advised.

On the day entries will also be taken there at the same time and the race will start at 7 15pm sharp with a new course set to be introduced this year. The race will still start and finish in Gransha but will now take in the Greenway between Gransha and St Columbs Park, courtesy of the new Phase 3 extension and there is a guarantee that the currently locked Gate will be open to facilitate the runners on 25th July!



Dessies Run of course is an ideal pre Waterside Half Marathon outing  and the Council led classic on Sunday 6th September also boasts a new course this year as the race returns to its roots in St Columbs Park.  The Foyle Arena will host the Waterside and the start will be from the adjacent Ebrington site with a finish in the natural amphitheatre of the St Columbs Park running track.

The new route takes in the original Limavady Road opening section, ducks under the Foyle Bridge into Gransha before returning to cross over the Foyle Bridge en route to the Bay Road Park. Its then up the Greenway from Fort George and onto the road, beyond the Council Offices to head along Queens Quay, the Foyle Embankment and Foyle Road.

A left at Coshowen back onto the Greenway and back past the Railway Museum to cross the Peace Bridge and enter St Columbs Park for the final 300 metres or so on the Track.

A very runnable new course and it has already caught the imagination of many runners as entries have been pouring for the 2015 edition of the WHM, which first burst on to the city streets way back in 1981.

Make sure you get on board early as there is a strict entry limit and a 21st August closing date for both the full Half Marathon and the 3 Person Team Relay with each team member running a leg of approximately 4.5 miles.

For details and online entries go to www.WHM15.com  or email halfmarathon@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com with any inquiries.

Manorcunningham 5k 30th June 2015- Update to follow

At tonight’s Manorcunnigham 5k there was a spartan 1,2,3 in the ladies race. Sarah Kivlehan was the outright winner running 20.02 on a very hot and humid night for racing. Impressive considering the course wouldn’t be considered one of the fastest on the local racing circuit. Ciara Fraser claimed 2nd in 21.11 while Bridgeen Canavan claimed 3rd in 22.03. Well done ladies!

Meanwhile Odhran Mc Kane was the winner of the inaugural Glen 5K. Spartans James and Christopher Crampsey were also in action. Times to be confirmed.

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Buncrana 5k- 28th May 2015

Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5km Big Success!

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Over 200 runners once again took part in the epic clash of the fastest along the coastline of Buncrana on Wednesday night 28th of May 2015. 

Declan Reed finally made it to the top of the pile at a windy Buncrana 5K on Wednesday night, notching his first win at the Inishowen venue by just three seconds from Spartans club mate Greg Roberts, 15m 10s to 15m 13s, with Finn Valley’s Barry Harron claiming third on 15m 27s. Natasha Adams of Letterkenny AC belied the conditions with an emphatic winning time of 16m 37s ahead of the Spartans duo Catherine Whoriskey who posted a 17m 48s PB and Jackie McMonagle on a gutsy 18m 57s.

Close to 200 finishers were recorded at the popular 5K sponsored as ever by Sean Furey Insurances with runners from all the NW clubs joined on the start line by visitors from North Belfast Harriers, Ballymena Runners, Ballydrain Harriers, Springwell, Dromore and Lagan Valley among others.

Reed was pushed all the way by club mate Roberts and only got away inside the final kilometre but he was delighted to add his name to the distinguished winners list at the prestigious Buncrana race. The swirling wind made really quick times difficult but the duel between the leading pair kept the spectators happy and Roberts fine run, just days before he toes the line in Sunday’s Walled City Marathon may raise expectations of the Spartan as he prepares to mix it with the Kenyan runners at the weekend.

Natasha Adams ran just two seconds slower than her 2014 time, a brilliant effort in Wednesday’s conditions. She took full advantage of the absence of Teresa Doherty and Anne Marie McGlynn to post a very impressive win and demonstrate once again her genuine talent. Catherine Whoriskey smashed her PB , going under 18 minutes for the first time to announce her return to the big time podiums. Jackie McMonagle too had a good one and was very happy to claim a notable third place finish, her best ever in this race.


Letterkenny’s Jane McGinley , fourth female finisher, was the top F35; Karen Cutliffe and Claire Connor of the Spartans were top F40 and F50 respectively; Ballydrain Harrier Debbie Matchett took the F45 award and Foyle Valley’s Catherine Moran and Dromore’s Mary Mackin grabbed the F55 and F60 wins.

in the Male age groups Foyle Valley’s Roy McGilloway impressed again finishing just outside the top ten with a terrific 16m 08s,; Letterkenny’s Ivan Toner was the M35 winner and the Spartans pair of Dermot McElhinney and Colin Roberts topped the M40 and M45 categories. Newcomer McElhinney impressed many with a big PB of 16m 07s and could be one to watch.

Two locals Tony Grant of Foyle Valley and the Spartans Peter Lilburn were the leading M55 and M60, Lilburn’s 19m 11s a good run. Two visitors Brian McKee, unattached, and Lagan Valley’s Desmond Brownlee took the M50 and M65 prizes and in the four to score team races Letterkenny pipped the City of Derry quartet of Catherine Whoriskey, Jackie McMonagle, Sarah Kivelehan who ran a 19m 17s PB and Janeen Leese. The Smale Spartans however did the business as Declan reed, Greg Roberts , Dermot McElhinney and Colin Roberts combined for the win ahead of Finn Valley.