Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Mighty Marty

Former world boxing champion, Barry Mc Guigan, said, " It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog", and that was certainly the case on Saturday last as the diminutive Marty Lynch put in a hell of a performance to win the 250 kilometer RACE in a record time of 13hrs 47mins.
The Ramelton man had an absorbing battle with Endurance specialist, Shaun Stewart. After the 1st run (23.6km) kayak stage (15km) and the 1st 96km cycle stage the Creeslough man had gained a substantial lead but on the mountain climb and 2nd cycle of 68 km Marty had reduced the deficit to just over 5mins.
A few km into the Marathon Marty discarded the heavier cycle clothing, took a chance on not getting cold later, a decision that propelled him into the lead and record a record marathon time for the event of 3hrs 31.  The phenomenal performance saw the Letterkenny based barber beat the course record, beat the teams and beat the darkness.
Michael Mc Hugh proved the surprise package of the day, (although not to Hugh Coll).  The Cranford man started with a near pb half marathon and an ok kayak.  But an exceptional 1st cycle (despite a puncture) saw him claw back many places to go into 3rd overall.  The mountain stage and the 2nd cycle (3 further punctures), saw him fluctuate between 3rd and 5th. Like Marty, it was the marathon stage where he made decisive ground moving clear to secure an unbelievable 3rd place overall in 15hrs 11mins.
Peter O Donnell put in a tough day with sickness and cramps.  After the mountain stage, himself, Damien Mc Bride and Hugh Coll headed off together for the 2nd cycle stage and that formation didn't change until the end, - all 3 crossing the finish together in joint 5th place in 15hrs 27mins.  Peter had the consolation of matching last year's finish place and improving time wise by 47mins.  Hugh Coll put in a great day also taking almost 2 hrs off his time from last year. His kayak time (1hr15.35) proved to be the fastest club time of the day and one of the fastest overall.  Damien Mc Bride was a first time entrant, and also coped well over the 6 stages, finishing strong with a sub 4hr marathon.

New club member Patrick McGee had an outstanding overall performance finishing in 17hrs33mins.  Despite lack of running training he ran 1:53 on the first run and put in a 4hr45 marathon.
Brian Doherty as a first time entrant also coped well with the challenges throughout the day.  His mantra was, to pace it well, and that he did, crossing the line in 17hrs 47mins.
Mark Scott completed very well throughout the day, the big former rugby player expected the marathon to be his toughest stage, having to walk much of it.  Like most, his goal was to finish inside the 24 hrs and that he did with 20hrs 37mins.
The team event was won by the aptly named, 'Three wise men', wise enough to do only sections of it!!
Joe Gallagher, the 2 runs, the exceptional 65 year old Martin Kerr having the fastest kayak and mountain climb times of the day, and Martin Gallagher doing the 2 cycling stages.
A great day overall where the weather was unprecedented and showed the County at its very best.
Great credit must go to Hugh Coll who encouraged, cajoled, and threatened even this group over the past six months.  6 days per week training, half day cycles every Wednesday and up to 11 hrs training on some Sundays.
It also proves, that if sports people are prepared to put in the work, battle the physical and mental challenges on the day and have a bit of luck, .. that targets can be achieved and ambitions realised.
Well done also to all the participants families who 'endured' over the past 6 months.
Thanks to Sylvester Hiemstra for great photos, to Darina Ferry for supply of tea homemade bread in Rathmullan and to all who came out to support.  Well done.

Ryan, Mc Neil and Winston Shine in Bundoran.
Thirteen club athletes travelled to sunny Bundoran on Saturday to take part in the popular Cara sponsored 10km and 10 mile events.
Paddy Ryan headed to the South of the County to compete for the second week in a row.  The Milford based Garda followed up his Killybegs 5km win with another impressive run, finishing 5th in the 300 plus field of the Bundoran 10km event, recording a good early season time of 36.53.

  Most took in the now favored 10 mile event, where the 1200 finishers surpassed the number of medals available on the day.  Richard McNeill is in fine form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32sec finish time.  Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017.  The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81:16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air in Bundoran to run a great 80:27.

Club Finishers
Richard Mc Neill 72.32 pb
James Whoriskey 77.16
Teresa Winston 80.27 pb
Francis Diver 80.38
Agnes Ryan 88.50
Eileen Hewett 89.49
Bernie Gallagher 90.56
Rosemary Mc Gee 93.14
Jacque Barrett 93.34
Ann Trearty 96.45
Kathleen Begley 1hr40.10 Pacing
Jim Mc Cahill 1hr 40.50

Well done to locals Nigel Black 85:50 and to Mulroy College Principal Fiona Temple who ran a pb of 91:31.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km

The 2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km will take place in Milford on Friday evening 24th March starting at 7pm.

Registration will take place at the club house from 6pm.  Chip timing, entry fee as before, runners €8.00, walkers €5.00, prizes as before in usual categories.

The Couch to 5km group have almost completed their nine week training programme in preparation for this race.  The 50 plus participants have made great progress over the recent weeks and are now ready to tackle the popular 5km distance – many for the first time.

Club Presentation Night

The annual club presentation night will take place on Friday 31st March at 8pm in Mulroy College.  Special guest will be Danny Ryan.  The former professional boxer has maintained his fitness regime over many years, - inspiring his family to do likewise.  The family finished 3rd in “Irelands Fittest Family” hosted by RTE recently.

Danny went on to win a bronze medal at the Master’s World Indoor Rowing Championships held in New York recently.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

favoured 10 mile event, where the 1200 entry surpassed the number of medals available on the day.
Richard Mc Neil is in fine 2017 form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32 secs finish time.
Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017. The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81.16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air of Bundoran to run a great 80.27 on Saturday.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

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