Last week (6th July) was a busy one locally with both the Rathmullan 5K and the Letterkenny Sub 4 Minute Mile meeting seeing local runners featuring prominently.
On Thursday night in Rathmullan Connor Bradley made a welcome return to competitive action and with a 14m 58s clocking he easily took the honours at the front of a massive field. The impressive Bradley is back after a lengthy layoff and blitzed the opposition to win by almost a full minute from Letterkenny’s Pauric Breslin on 15m 50s with his fellow City of Derry clubmate Dermot ” Archie” McElhinney posting a new 15m 52s PB to finish third overall and first M40 home. Kyle Doherty 8th and Michael Murphy 10th got top ten finish places with 16m 20s and 16m 25s.
Letterkenny’s Natasha Adams was an equally impressive female winner, 11th overall on a speedy 16m 29s and in second spot was the Spartans talented Catherine Whoriskey with another big sub 18m run, her 17m 37s moving her ever closer to the 17m barrier.
The age group awards were heavy with City of Derry winners, Dermot Connolly was the top M55 on 18m 10s, Peter Lilburn’s 18m 23s gave him the M60 honours, Brendan O ‘Connor posted 19m 58s for the M50 win, Jackie McMonagle in fourth overall with 18m 45s was the top F45 and her sister Paula McGilloway ran 21m 50s to claim the F50 prize.
Friday night’s big Letterkenny T&F meeting saw big runs in the Mens 3000m from runner up JP Williamson whose 8m 35.16 finish time behind American Carl Stones on 8m 27.28s, was impressive. The Spartan won the local bragging rights finishing ahead of fourth placer Scott Rankin’s 8m 40.45s and Arnie Doherty’s 8m 51. 61s for sixth. Chris McGuinness was seventh on 8m 59.21s.
Shane McGowan showed some of his real ability with a 800m time of 1m 57.70s, finishing fourth and Aaron Carlyle took the same place in the 400m. In the featured Men’s Mile there was no sub 4 clocking this year as the American winner posted 4m 00.41s to narrowly miss the target. Danny Mooney was the top local , sixth in 4m 08.89s.