18th April 2016-Brendan and Hannah European Age Group Duathlon Championships

Massive congratulations to Brendan Murphy for his superb European Age Group Duathlon championships silver medal performance in Kalkar, Germany over the weekend!!

Brendan took silver in the Sprint distance M30–34 age group championship -5K Run-20K Bike-3.5K Run.

A brilliantly brave effort on the second run when he came from way back to get within 8 seconds of the winner, got its just reward and a much coveted European championship medal…Well Done Brendan!

Another Spartan Hannah Shields was also in action and in the longer distance championship she finished 6th in the F50-54 age group. ” Should have done better ” was her post race comment but Well Done Hannah, top 6 in Europe is not so shabby.

13th April 2016- Bay Road 5km Results

Name AG Club Time
1 520 Conor Bradley MO City of Derry Spartans 15:12
2 511 Danny Mooney MO Letterkenny 15:21
3 199 Gary Slevin MO City of Derry Spartans 15:33
4 263 Jonathan McKee MO Springwell 15:36
5 161 Ann Marie McGlynn FO Letterkenny 16:17
6 245 Roy McGilloway JM Foyle Valley 16:20
7 185 Colin Roberts M45 City of Derry Spartans 16:21
8 256 Kevin O`Boyle M35 U/A 16:25
9 247 Paul McCafferty M45 City of Derry Spartans 16:32
10 244 Ivan Martinez Peiro JM Grupeta Cadaver 16:36
11 165 Michael Murphy M40 City Of Derry Spartans 16:36
12 243 Bliadhan Glass MO Acorns 16:45
13 267 John Gordon JM Springwell 16:52
14 184 Connor McDowell MO City of Derry Spartans 16:56
15 150 Conor Gallagher MO Lifford AC 16:57
16 195 Luke Dinsmore JM Springwell 17:04
17 288 Darren Smyth JM City Of Derry Spartans 17:21
18 250 Sean Melarkey JM City of Derry Spartans 17:22
19 289 James Wallace M50 North Belfast Harriers 17:22
20 144 Alex Brennan M40 Ballymena 17:26
21 148 Eoghan Furey M35 City Of Derry Spartans 17:31
22 253 Emmett Kennedy MO Foyle Valley 17:33
23 258 Jason Scott MO Springwell 17:35
24 278 Ryan Armstrong M45 Ballymena Runners 17:45
25 188 James Stewart M35 Springwell 17:49
26 197 Dermot Lynch M50 U/A 17:54
27 192 Aron Cole M40 Foyle Valley 17:58
28 154 Pawel Lapinski MO Ballymena 18:01
29 157 David Lonnen M50 Lisburn AC 18:02
30 182 Frankie Bradley M35 Foyle Valley 18:04
31 285 Eddie Clyde MO Springwell 18:09
32 191 Mathew Ferry MO Blast 18:15
33 248 Joe Kennedy MO U/A 18:15
34 257 Noel Connor M50 Ballymena Runners 18:16
35 158 Declan McCarthy M50 City Of Derry Spartans 18:20
36 171 Pauline Thorm F45 B’mena & Antrim 18:20
37 180 Marty Dunleavey M50 Foyle Valley 18:22
38 143 Kerry Balmer FO Ballymena 18:39
39 268 Adam Kerr JM Springwell 18:41
40 187 Sharon Leetch F40 Ballymena Runners 18:46
41 189 Brian Geddis M55 Springwell 18:48
42 255 Aidan Devine MO Springwell 18:49
43 146 Phillip Donaghy M45 City Of Derry Spartans 18:51
44 170 Ann Terek F50 Lisburn AC 19:01
45 162 Zach McGowan JM 19:17
46 249 Terry Foley MO U/A 19:20
47 193 Sam Cole JM City of Derry Spartans 19:22
48 167 Gerry O’Doherty M60 Springwell 19:25
49 190 Geraldine Quigley F40 Ballymena Runners 19:26
50 261 Catherine Woods FO Springwell 19:30
51 142 Enekotz Badia MO Barcelona 19:33
52 163 Kerri Mcilmoyle F35 Springwell 19:35
53 246 Gerard Mullen M50 Springwell 19:43
54 181 Gemma McGinty FO Foyle Valley 19:51
55 286 John Howe M40 20:08
56 164 Conor McStravick M45 Springwell 20:13
57 280 Liam Farren M50 20:21
58 153 Shea Kitson JM ERR 20:22
59 179 Andrew McInroy M40 U/A 20:22
60 262 Eamon Abel M50 U/A 20:37
61 259 Richard Burke MO RISE 20:46
62 265 Niamh Carr JF Springwell 20:54
63 269 Glen O`Donovan JM Springwell 20:56
64 198 Niamh McDaid FO LAC 20:57
65 287 Michael Mc Laughlin M55 RISE 21:00
66 152 Clare Harkin F35 City Of Derry Spartans 21:04
67 254 Shane McCormick MO Eglington Road Runners 21:04
68 266 Abigail McBroom JF Springwell 21:18
69 155 Janeen Leese FO City Of Derry Spartans 21:22
70 200 Paula McGilloway F50 City of Derry Spartans 21:34
71 145 Brigeen Canavan F45 City Of Derry Spartans 21:40
72 183 Francis Boal M65 Lagan Valley 21:46
73 282 Andy Temple M35 21:49
74 186 Shelagh Murray F45 City of Derry Spartans 21:58
75 283 Sean Rankin M45 22:17
76 252 Ciaran Logue MO Eglington Road Runners 22:28
77 166 Paul Murray M40 U/A 22:36
78 194 Catherine Moran F55 Foyle Valley 22:50
79 284 Kieran Cooke MO Springwell 22:56
80 277 John Gallagher M40 U/A 22:59
81 521 Peter Clifford M40 23:05
82 149 Ian Galbraith M40 ERR 23:30
83 274 Martin O Hagan MO U/A 23:31
84 159 Jack McConnell JM City Of Derry Spartans 23:36
85 176 Jim Platt M70 Springwell 23:37
86 151 Una Gavin F55 City Of Derry Spartans 23:47
87 178 Pauline Mullen F40 Eglington Road Runners 24:01
88 196 Lisa O`Donnell FO City of Derry Spartans 24:22
89 275 Conlith McLaughlin JM U/A 24:23
90 172 Gerry Ward M55 U/A 24:27
91 270 Raymond Tracey M55 U/A 24:39
92 279 Ciaran Cregan M50 Magee Runing 25:04
93 168 Brigid Quinn F70 Balllymena 25:17
94 147 Steven Elder MO U/A 25:19
95 281 Conor Canavan M55 25:59
96 251 Damien Logue M50 Eglington Road Runners 27:59
97 276 Adam McEntee JM U/A 28:02
98 271 Lisa Tracey F35 U/A 28:02
99 272 Ciaran Tracey FO U/A 30:38
100 273 Mairead Tracey FO U/A 30:38
101 177 Martin Bradley M65 U/A 31:57

17th April 2016- Roe Valley Challenge Trail Race-Spartan Females Dominate

Anne Paul and Janeen Leese represented the Spartan women on Saturday in the Roe Valley Trail challenge. A very challenging course, made slippery underfoot by the unexpected hailstones, the steep climbs and mixed terrain made this a difficult race. Anne Paul pulled ahead early to come in as a strong first female, followed by her teammate Janeen to come in second.

janeen leese roe valley trail challenge 2016

anne paul roe valley trail challenge 2016

Well done to both! 

13th April 2016- Connor on Come Back Trail at Bay Road 5km

Local star Connor Bradley made an impressive return to competitive action with a winning 15m 12s effort at Wednesday night’s Bay Road 5K and Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn also impressed with a 5th place overall finish in the 100 strong field, posting a swift 16m 17s for a comprehensive womens race triumph.

Staged over a new course and in decent conditions marred only by an annoying head wind, the speedy Spartan announced his return to race action with a strong run to see off the persistent challenge of Letterkenny AC training partner Danny Mooney, taking the tape in 15m 12s ahead of Mooney’s 15m 21s, as another Spartan Gary Slevin held off Springwell athlete Jonathan McKee for the final podium spot. His 15m 33s clocking gave him the edge by just three seconds at the finish line and follows a decent run three days earlier at the National 10K in Dublin.

This quartet were well clear of the chasers, led home by the dougthy Anne Marie McGlynn who was followed home by the leading male U20, Foyle Valley’s Roy McGilloway in 16m 20s. Master runner Colin Roberts of the promoting club completed the top six , his 16m 21s netting him the M45 prize ahead of clubmate Paul McCafferty, 9th in 16m 32s.

Another Spartan Michael Murphy celebrated a recent significant birthday by running 16m 36s to claim the M40 prize, Bridgeen Canavan was the top F45 on 21m 40s and Catherine Moran of Foyle Valley ran 22m 50s for the F55 honours.

Apart from the Spartans and Foyle Valley, there were club runners from Ballymena Runners, Ballymena&Antrim, Letterkenny, Springwell, Acorns, Lifford, North Belfast Harriers, City of Lisburn and Lagan Valley. Local community running groups Blast, Rise and Eglinton Road Runners were also represented in the diverse field alongside several unattached runners as the Bay Road race once again brought out the spectators.

11th April 2016- National 10km Road Championships, Dublin, Belfast Titanic 10km and British Fellrunning Championships 2016

Several local runners were in competitive weekend action with Masters Dermot McElhinney and Peter Lilburn expecting to be confirmed as M45 and M60 medallists from Sunday’s National 10K road championships in Dublin.

In windy conditions the Spartans duo clocked respective times of 34m 11s and 39m 43s for what looks like M45 gold and M60 bronze—the results are provisional but Athletics Ireland are expected to forward the medals shortly. Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney ran 33m 08s for an easy M50 gold medal to add to his already impressive tally.

Catherine Whoriskey took 7th place in the female championship race with a gutsy 37m 10s as Olympian Finnoula McCormack posted a 33m 30s winning time. English athlete Andy Maud just eased out Waterside Half Marathon winner Mick Clohisey for the male victory, 29m 55s to the Dubliner’s 30m dead. Gary Slevin was 22nd in the championship with 33m 18s.


catherine 10km dublin 2016

Meanwhile at the Belfast Titanic 10K potential Olympic marathoner Thomas Frazer of St Malachys pipped Gary Murray for the win. Frazer posted 30m 48s to the St Josephs teacher’s 30m 53s as Anne Marie McGlynn also claimed a runners up spot, her excellent 34m 31s leaving her 14 seconds off winner Kerry O’Flatherty of Newcastle AC.

Chris McGuinness in 9th on 32m 19s led the Derry challenge with John Lenehan back for the weekend from London, 18th on 34m 18s. Finn Valley’s Barry Harron was the leadindg M35, 6th on 32m 04s

Finally in Saturday’s British Fell Running championship race in Newcastle County Down, Allan Bogle was the leading NI finisher, 9th overall and just clear of his compatriots Ian Whiteside and William McKee. The testing 14K had some 1200 metres of climbing and included two of Ireland’s highest peaks Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh.


allan bogle

26th March 2016- Wet and Windy Omagh Half Marathon

Good efforts from the Spartans at the Omagh Half Marathon on a wet and windy Easter Saturday…..

A brilliant podium place for Jackie McMonagle, 3rd  a new 89m 21s PB , catching London based Colette Monaghan on the run in to the finish in a terrific run.  Well deserved Jackie and congrats also to team mates Anne Paul,F50 winner and Paula McGilloway as the red vests trio claimed the Women’s team prize.

Gary Slevin narrowly lost a podium place in the men’s race, his 74m 30s clocking just not enough to deny Gary Henderson of Armagh AC who posted 74m 21s to take the final podium place. Still a good effort from ” Slevy ” who came straight from his night shift to line up at 11am in Omagh.

Well done also to Karen Cutliffe, Janeen Leese, Linda Hall and James Crampsey who battled through the difficult conditions in the 27th staging of the Omagh race.

With Catherine Whoriskey posting an 80m 08s PB in a very wet and windy Cardiff Half Marathon this afternoon it was a good day for the Spartans over the challenging 13.1 mile distance. A brilliant run Catherine!

Maybe a good time to mention that our very own and hugely respected Waterside Half Marathon is set for Sunday 4th September this year. Support your local classic and get entered early—-check it out at www.derrystrabane.com


Despite the inclement conditions at both venues the weekend Omagh and Cardiff half marathons proved rewarding for local runners with PB’s for Jackie McMonagle, Catherine Whoriskey and Scott Rankin on the back of focussed efforts.

Starting in Cardiff and the World Half Marathon championship race the persistent wind and rain did the 20,000 field comprising world class, top club runners and the masses no favours whatsoever, but with the top four male finishers all breaking the hour barrier it genuinely was a quality race.

Catherine Whoriskey and Scott Rankin led their respective NI squads in the Home Countries competition and despite the atrocious conditions both produced PB’s with impressive efforts. Catherine placed 10th in the Home Counties section with a really gutsy 80m 09s clocking, a significant improvement on her half marathon debut in the local Waterside race last September and an indication that she could have a big future in distance running.

Scott Rankin posted an excellent 68m 32s, 16th in the men’s Home Countries pecking order and like the female Spartan the Foyle Valley star has decent times from 5K upwards, a good base to take his longer distance racing to a higher level.

For the record Welsh athlete Charlotte Arter and Scotland’s Derek Hawkins led home the Home Countries finishers with 73m 16s and 64m 58s clockings. Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor

of Kenya won overall with a superb 59m 10s, his countryman Bedhim Muchiri second on 59m 36s,
with Britain’s Mo Farah grabbing third on 59m 59s The hopefully Rio bound Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders led the Irish mens team home, his 62m 46s run placing him an excellent 14th overall and with fellow NI runners Thomas Frazer and Kevin Seaward this was good enough to place the Irish team in 7th spot.

Omagh also had its share of inclement weather but individual winners Laura Graham of Mourne Runners and Gideon Kimosop of the Athletics Africa Project made light of it all with times of 78m 07s and 65m 53s getting them home well clear of their nearest rivals. Gary O’Hanlon finished male runner up on 69m 05s and North Belfast Harrier Louise Smith posted 82m 12s for the second podium spot in the womens race.

The Spartans Gary Slevin was involved in a tight battle for third male, battling Gary Henderson of Armagh AC all the way before losing out by a mere nine seconds, 74m 30s to Henderson’s 74m 21s.
Coming straight from a night shift perhaps was the difference for the unlucky Spartan!

Jackie McMonagle too had a race long battle but a late, late surge got her on the podium as her new PB of 89m 21s pushed just one second clear of the London Heathside runner Colette Monahan’s 89m 22s. It was a sprint to the finish line on the Omagh running track for both with the local athlete just having the better legs in the end!

Jackie was well supported by club mates Anne Paul, the F50 individual winner and her sister Paula McGilloway as the red vests claimed the female team prize with back up from Karen Cutliffe, Janeen Leese and Linda Parke.



19th March 2016- Brendan’s Laredo PB-Spain

At tonights 10K in Laredo, Northern Spain Spartan Brendan Murphy produced a brilliant run for a 40 sec PB in 32.18. Having been suffering with a bad flu virus over the month of February Murphy showed tonight he had recovered fully and that his excellent form when back at training over the festive period was no fluke.

brendan murphy laredo 10km spain 2016


Well done Brendan!


19th March 2016- Kyle’s Big PB in Larne

Spartan Kyle Doherty had his best run to date in a red vest finishing 6th in the Larne half marathon in a big PB of 75.41. Kyle has wintered well but a back problem had curtailed his cross country season. However under the leadership of coach Dara Furey this is a big run and bodes well for the Future.


kyle doherty

Well done!

17th March 2016- Mc Cafferty Leads Spartans Home at Melvin 5km

At today’s Melvin 5K Spartan Paul Mc Cafferty returned from injury to record a fine 16.44 for 4th spot.

melvin 5km 2016

After a month out with a calf problem Mc Cafferty will be happy to be back in the swing of things. Michael Murphy followed in 5th in 16.51 and young Spartan Odhran McKane another on the comeback trail after a lengthy sickness was right behind in 16.52. Oran Mc Bride swapped work in the area for a race and was said to be happy with his 19.36 as he also returns from an Achilles problem.

melvin 5km 2016 number2

Well done to all!