What a season it has been for Foyle Valley duo, Scott Rankin and Pius McIntyre!
Following on from their recent one-two success in the Furey Insurances 5k Series, Scott (9.24secs)and Pius (9.29secs) once again grabbed the top two spots in the first race of the inaugural ‘Out the Line’ series, sponsored by LO-LO-ALC.
Hot on their heels, came third placed Chris McGuinness (9.30secs) also from Foyle Valley AC while first female home was Catherine Lilburn (11.04secs) of City of Derry and Miriam Bridge of City of Derry was next female finisher in 11.4.
An exciting feature of this 3k race was the number of joggers/fun runners taking part, including a sizeable entry from from the Old Library Trust.
These runners have only begun running recently, ably supported by Rosie O’Brien, Sean Hargan, and Eddie McCallion.
They hope to complete all three legs of the inaugural ‘Out the Line’ series and are aiming to complete the Waterside Half Marathon in September next.
Next race in the LO-LO-ALC sponsored ‘Out the line series’ which is a 5k race, takes place this coming Saturday, August 4th, again “out the line”, again starting at 10 a.m. with registration in Long Tower Youth and Community Centre.
The final race of the series – a five miler- takes place, again ‘out the line’ on Saturday, August 11th commencing at 11 a.m.
Chairperson of Foyle Valley AC, Cathal McLaughlin was delighted with the numbers participating in this first run.
“This has been a great start for our “Out the Line” series,” he said. “Nearly 70 runners registered to race and jog this relatively unusual distance of three kilometers.
“We anticipate even more next Saturday for the more traditional 5k race. The five miler the following Saturday (August 11th) will serve as a good platform especially for new runners who have an eye to take on the Waterside Half Marathon.
“It was also great to see the Old Library Trust crew running and in such numbers,” he added.
“We are really pleased to harness the financial support of LO LO ALC- their sponsorship makes it so much easier to organise a three legged event like this.”