Big numbers expected for popular Buncrana 5K

Runners pictured at the start of the Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K last year.
Runners pictured at the start of the Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K last year.
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The 11th annual Buncrana 5k road race, sponsored by Sean Furey Insurances of Buncrana and Carndonagh, will take place on Wednesday next and the popular race is expected to attract significant numbers.

Over the last 10 years, the race has become a highlight in the North West racing calendar due to the proven fast course and the excellent organisation.

2013 was another record breaking year with Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty running a new Irish record for the course of 14.34 mins to win from Spartan Declan Reed on 14.48.

In the same race Scott Rankin ran 15.00 for 3rd place. This year the aforementioned three are likely to do battle once again.

Rankin has just edged out Reed a number of times this year so far and has a recent 8.31 PB for 3k on the track. Reed is also in great form, winning the Irish masters Cross Country title this year and last week winning the Dublin 10k track championships in 31.30.

Doherty is also in excellent shape and recently went sub 15 mins in the Ballyshannon 5k.

Local hopes rest with the evergreen Pauric McKinney who is a former three time winner of the event and was 5th last year. Others to look out for include any of the Annadale Striders or St Malachy’s boys, who, if they make the trip across the Sperrins, mean business.

The men’s team race was won very convincingly by City of Derry Spartans last year with six in the top 10 and all sub 16 mins.

Both Foyle valley and Letterkenny AC will surely have something to say about the team battle in 2014.

Last year the ladies were also in flying form. Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn ran an excellent 16.32 last year to finish 18th overall in what was the second fastest performance ever by a female on the course.

This year McGlynn has been in even better form and could challenge former Olympian Maria McCambridge’s 2010 record of 16 mins and 7 seconds.

Also in the reckoning could be three time winner and No. 3 on the all-time list Finn Valley’s Therese McGloin who ran 16.35 in 2010.

Interesting to note that McGloin got married to Ciaran Doherty during the year and you wouldn’t get good odds betting against and husband and wife double victory on the 28th.

Other contenders include Lifford’s Natasha Adams, Finn Valley’s Helen Stockdale and Springwell’s Gemma Turley. Last year the Inishowen ladies were surprising but deserving winners of the team race.

A Race for Everyone

Despite all this talk of records and the fleet of foot, the main aim of this race has always been to provide competition for all levels of runners and joggers.

It doesn’t matter if you have just started jogging and have to take walk breaks every so often, you are more than welcome to Buncrana.

Also worth noting that due to Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) rules, no athlete under 16 years of age will be allowed to compete.

The race is also number eight of the Donegal Athletics Board’s Summer Grand Prix series which this year comprises a staggering 55 races.

Registration for Wednesday’s race takes place from 5.30pm at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, adjacent to Buncrana Leisure Centre.

Entry fee is E10/£9. Chip timing in operation. Race starts at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments provided after in Scoil Mhuire. Showers available in Buncrana Leisure Centre.

Pre-race entries can be emailed to furey5kentry@gmail.com - simply state your name, gender, age on race day and club! These must be received by 6pm on Tuesday, May 27th.

Your race number can be picked up on the night when payment is made. Due to the large numbers expected please help us and yourselves by pre-entering!

Any of those who intend to register on the night please get there early.

The Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k is organised by Eoghan and Dara Furey with the help of City of Derry Spartans AC, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Buncrana Leisure Centre and the help of the local community.

For further details contact race directors Eoghan and Dara Furey on 00353 879474883/00353 866061514.