Continued Success Despite Challenging Conditions
Over the last number of days Spartans have enjoyed success in all age groups from junior to veteran, highlighting a plethora of talent in all disciplines and often under arduous conditions. Saturday the 1st August was no exception. Spartans Brendan Murphy and Joe Mc Carthy disregarded the atrocious weather conditions encountered right up until 5.00pm and travelled to Castlefinn to take part in their annual 5km which is part of the Donegal Gran Prix series and was run over a new and challenging course this year.
The pair enjoyed much- deserved success with Brendan finishing an excellent second overall on 16mins 25 secs behind Saint Malachy’s quality act Joe Mc Allister on 15mins 48 secs. Finishing in third place after an earlier challenge came Michael Crumley on 16mins 35 secs.
Joe Mc Carthy peeled some 10 secs off his Malin 5km time finishing second in the V50 category on 19mins 44 secs, despite his late arrival with no warm up.
Patsy Mc Gonagle , Irish Team Manager and Finn Valley stalwart, was official time keeper and the large field of almost 300 runners was testimony to his hard work. Full credit to Castlefinn AC for an excellent event and the surprise presentation to the much-respected Gloria Donaghey (Finn Valley AC) for both her charitable work for the Foyle Hospice and total dedication to Donegal athletics was well received by the large crowd attending the prize giving. Next up this weekend is the classic Danny Mc Daid 15km hosted by Letterkenny AC and no doubt City of Derry Spartans will once again be challenging for honours in all categories, irrespective of weather conditions.