LED by Keith Shields in a swift time of 31 minutes 12 seconds, Foyle Valley A.C. runners dominated Sunday’s Riverine 10K in Lifford.
Pius McIntyre and Chris McGuinness completed the top trio as the promoting club’s Anne Marie McGlynn ran 35 mins. 24 secs. for a convincing women’s race victory ahead of Derry runners Catherine Whoriskey and Denise McElholm.
Freddy Sittu, meanwhile, was in Carlingford on Friday night and he posted an impressive 14 mins. 48 secs. to win the 5K at the Co. Louth venue, just ahead of Annadale Striders’ Paddy Hamilton who ran 14 mins. 58 secs.
Also on Friday night Alan O’Hara defeated Joe McAlister at the Cookstown 5 miler, 25 mins. 24 secs. to 25 mins. 54 secs. and the prolif ic Gemma Turley won again with a 30 m ins. 40 secs. clocking.
But back to the Co. Donegal venue last Friday night and Keith Shields produced another excellent run to lead the field home with over 200 finishers in the Riverine 10K.
The Foyle Valley member has maintained an impressive run of form for months now and he emerged a clear-cut winner ahead of clubmates Pius McIntyre, 33 mins. 14 secs. and Chris McGuinness on 33 mins. 35 secs.
The classy Anne Marie McGlynn of Lifford AC was an even more emphatic winner of the women’s race, her 35 mins. 24 secs. placing her 7th overall and well in front of the 39 mins. 03 secs. of City of Derry Spartans atahletic, Catherine Whoriskey and the 40 mins. 48 secs. of Foyle Valley athlete Denise McElholm.
The major men’s age group winners were - M40 Martin Irwin, Finn Valley on 35 mins. 49 secs.; Lifford’s Bill Duncan M45 with 37 mins. 10 secs.; Joe McCarthy of Foyle Valley, M50 with 39 mins. 53 secs. and City of Derry Spartans Peter Lilburn was the top M55 on 38 mins. 31 secs.
Meanwhile, in the Junior age group there were significant first ever podium placings for Creggan club, Bolt, who had Caolan Campbell and Kiristin Mullan take the honours.
Freddy Claims top
honours in Carlingford
Derry’s Resident Kenyan, Freddy Sittu, was busy on Friday night at the Carlingford County Louth and saw off all-comers with a tasty 14 mins. 48 secs. victory.
Behind him was top Annadale Strider Paddy Hamilton with a 14 mins. 58 secs. effort and in third place, Carl Dunne of Dunleer AC on 15 mins. 10 secs.
The African star has been traversing the country in search of races and intends to remain based locally until the end of September.
Indeed, he is expected to feature at the Gransha Grounds for both the upcoming annual “Dessie’ss Run” on August 27th and the 32nd staging of the popular Waterside Half Marathon which is set for Sunday, September 8th next.