A LADY on a recent serial winning habit, Springwell’s Gemma Turley, emerged the convincing winner of Tuesday night’s Foyle Valley’s 3Kms in the “Out the Line “ Series,
And the gent’s race winner, City of Derry’s Paul McCafferty, had to battle hard to see off the challenge of clubmate Cathal Logue and the host club’s Stephen Connor, as close to 100 runners participated in race two of the three race summer series on the Letterkenny road circuit.
Super vet, McCafferty, posted a winning 16 mins. 32 secs., just two seconds ahead of Logue with Connor third in 16m 39s.
This trio were well clear of the chasing pack and delivered an exciting up front contest on the flat out and back circuit.
Turley, meanwhile, was in cruise control from the gun to emerge a convincing winner in 18 mins. 41 secs., well ahead of City of Derry Spartan Miriam Bridge, 20m 37s and in third place the unattached Charlene McIntyre on 20m 50s.
In fourth spot overall was the leading M40 Finn Valley’s Martin Irwin with a 17m 09s run, the Spartans Mark Mullan was next on 17m 22s and took the top M35 award, just ahead of Ryan Snodgrass of Foyle Valley’s 17m 23s.
Teenage triathlete Mark Murray took the U18 age group win with 18m 57s, Marty Dunleavy, Joe McCarthy and Peter McLaughlin were the M45, 50 and 55 winners.
Joanne Bryson of Eglinton Road Runners was the top F35, Sandra McKeever, Verona Campbell and Kate Meehan were the leading F40, 45 and 50 category winners.
The Series concludes next Tuesday evening next on the same circuit, albeit rising to 5 miles, and another exciting night’s action is anticipated.
More Road Race Action
Meanwhile, this weekend has a busy road race schedule starting tonight (Friday) with the Castllefin 5K and the Cookstown 5 miles Classic, both having 7.30 p.m. starts. It’s Donegal again on Saturday with the Cranford 5K at 6.30 p.m. and also on Sunday with the Lifford/Strabane inaugural Riverine 10k. This one has 2.00 p.m. start.
Sunday also has the Cookstown Half Marathon, incorporating the World Police and Fire Services Games Championship which has already attracted over 600 runners for the 2.00 p.m. start at the Tyrone venue.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the action switch south to Dublin and the National Half Marathon Championships, being staged within the show business sounding Rock&Roll Half Marathon. Christy McMonagle and James Brown are confirmed local participants with the former looking to deliver his fifth age group national title of the last six years. He missed out with injury a few years ago and will be favourite at 69 years of age to sign off his M65 years with yet another individual gold medal.