This was an astounding weekend for the club with fantastic performances in races across Ulster and further afield! The club is really going from strength to strength at the moment.
In the All Ireland schools cross-country in Jordanstown young Edel Monaghan had the race of her life placing 10th in the Junior Girls race. She was the first girl from Ulster across the line and has now been selected for the Northern Ireland team for the junior race at the London Marathon. A fantastic achievement and well deserved!
Donal Lynam also had an excellent race in the Junior Boys, placing 13th and leading St Michaels to a an All Ireland team gold medal. His training had been seriously interrupted due to illness in the weeks before the race so to place so high was an outstanding and very brave effort. The other St Michael's boys Jack Scallion, Oisin Morissey and Shane McGullion all impressed finishing in the top 22 to win the team gold.
Massive credit to junior coach Tommy Farrell for his invaluable coaching and support of the club's junior athletes. Also to Francie Shaw for his dedication to athletics in St Michaels.
The All Ireland Universities cross country championships were also held the same day in Jordanstown. Stephen Prentice running for Queen's University had a fine race placing in the top 40 in a classy field featuring several Irish internationals.
Closer to home the club was well represented in the Bundoran 10 mile race in very windy conditions. Adam Cooke showed he is back in top form after a winter break finishing an impressive 11th overall in a time of 58:57 whilst Tara Malone just missed out on a podium place finishing 4th in the ladies race in an excellent time of 66:37. Brian Johnston was the next club finisher in a time of 70:53 just holding off Karen Dolan who was only 2 seconds behind!
Not too far behind were Julie Wood (80:23) Denise Mc Elroy (83:56) and Oonagh Fitzpatrick (84:34) excellent running! (pbs?) Shows how their dedication to training is paying off and wouldn't be surprised if all three ladies get under 75 minutes next year way things are going!
Also in action on Saturday was Fergus McGirr and myself (Conan McCaughey) in the Carmen 10k in gale force conditions. I was happy to come 3rd in 33.02( a slight pb) whilst Fergus placed 5th in a time of 34.38 continuing his excellent run of form.
If all that wasn't enough Glenn RPhair ran in the renowned Trafford 10k this morning in Manchester placing 42th in an outstanding time of 32:49. This was not only a pb but a new club record for 10k (men) to boot!
Great to see everyone out and running so well already in the year, apologies to anyone I've left out, (or if you ran a pb and I didn't mention it).