FOYLE VALLEY’S Chris McGuinness scored his first big race win with a front running victory at Monday night’s Jog in the Bog, leading home some 100 participants in the process.
And a familiar name returned to winning ways last Saturday as Allan Bogle took the honours at the Lurig Hill Run Challenge in Cushendall.
The Spartan has recently returned home after four years working abroad and was an impressive winner of the 20th staging of the annual Lurig Run, a challenging 3.5 mile hill race with over 1,100 feet of climbing in Cushendall.
His time of 29m 34s gave him a 19 second cushion over the talented Mourne Runners teenager, Andrew Annett with last year’s runner-up, Ballymena runner, Jonny Steede third on 30m 18s.
Springwell’s Gillian Wasson ran 37m 40s to lift the women’s title and Foyle Valley master Billy Orr warmed up for the Jog in the Bog with a 39m 37s effort. Good to welcome Allan back to the local scene!
Monday night’s Jog in the Bog attracted a big field and produced an exciting up front contest between the Foyle Valley duo, Chris McGuinness and Keith Shields before McGuinness made it home with a six second cushion for the 5K distance.
The winner was timed at 16m 37s, Shields at 16m 43s and in third spot was the delighted City of Derry man, Mark Mullan whose 17m 13s gave him a first ever podium finish.
The race adopted the Colm Quigley memorial prefix for the first time on Monday evening and the magnificent perpetual trophies went to McGuinness and the female winner, Emer O’Brien of Letterkenny who stormed home in 19m 07s, ahead of the City of Derry pair, Catherine Lilburn on 19m 21s and Amy McDaid (U20) with 20m 49s. Camilla McGranaghan was the third placed female open finisher.
Leading Bogside Finisher
It was appropriate that the trophy for the leading Bogside/Brandywell finisher went to Daniel Quigley, the late Colm’s eldest son who like his father is an accomplished triathlete and was a clear winner in the local male category.
Another triathlete, Joanne Doran took the leading local female prize and Daniel’s aunt Rose, a former top Sparta AC athlete was the F50 age group winner.
The other category winners were;
U20 Male - Connor Doherty;
M40 - Teague Whoriskey;
M45 - Bill Duncan;
M50 - Michael Gallagher;
M55 - Liam Clarke;
F35 - Deirdre Quigg;
F40 - Anne Marie McLaughlin;
F45 - Brenda Kearns;
Local Male Junior - Rory McGilloway.