LOCALS SUCCEED IN CASTLEFIN, LETTERKENNY AND DUBLIN
North West runners brought home championship medals from Sunday the 2nds National Half Marathon in Dublin with age group golds for City of Derry Spartans Christy McMonagle in the M70 category and Pauric McKinney of Inishowen AC who claimed the M50 honours, and Una Gavin did very well to grab F55 bronze in a challenging day in Dublin.
Meanwhile in Letterkenny there was another local success as Chris McGuinness of Foyle Valley clocked a winning 51m 42s at Sunday’s annual Danny McDaid 15k road race. His clubmate Gemma McGinty ran 65m 22s to take the runners up spot in the Women’s race behind an outstanding 53m 38s effort from the brilliant Natsha Adams of Letterkenny AC—–third overall in the 220 strong field!
Defending champion Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders retained his men’s individual title in Dublin posting a useful 65m 09s and Leevale’s Lizzie Lee ran 73m 29s for an emphatic victory in the women’s championship.
McMonagle racked up his seventh successive age group success over the 13.1 mile championship distance with a good 93m 45s clocking and Gavin in her first year at F55 posted a 1hr 42m finish time for her podium place. McKinney who trains with the Colin Roberts group locally has just turned 50 and banked another National championship distance medal with a 72m 26s finishing time.
Wrapping up the weekend action Brendan Murphy was another red vest on the podium with his second place finish in 16m 25s behind St Malachys star Joe McAlister’s 15m 48s at Friday night’s Castlefin 5K. Joe McCarthy ran 19m 44s for second in the M50 age group.
LYON CALLS FOR LOCAL MASTERS
A small group of local athletes travel today to Lyon, France, for the World Masters T&F championships among them Jackie McMonagle and Danea Herron of City of Derry Spartans and the Derry City Track club duo Cathal McLaughlin and Robert Bigger.
McMonagle goes in the F45 5000m and 10,000m ; Herron in the F55 Heptathlon,; M45 McLaughlin and M55 Bigger will most likely tackle the 800m/ 1500m combination in their respective age groups.
Good Luck to them!