Milford AC News 07/09/16
O’Donnell Leads Milford in Derry
Milford AC had another big turnout of runners adding to the record entry of over 1600 in last Sunday’s Waterside Half Marathon in Derry.
The unfortunate occurrence of a road traffic accident on the course, prior to the start, delayed the race for up to an hour, which in turn affected all athletes with regard to warm-up, food intake etc.
Milford’s leading runner, Peter O’Donnell made up for lost time at the start, as the Kilmacrennan man powered his way around the new style course in a pb of 1:21:53. Damien McBride was in close proximity to Peter, the Milford mechanic running 4 seconds inside his best, recording a pb of 1:22:48 as he continues his impressive season of distance running.
Marty Lynch bounced back from his disappointing run in the recent Donegal half marathon – due to a chest infection. The Ramelton man was just outside his best with a great 1:23:48. Michael McHugh set a pb of 1:30:56, making a great come back from a recent painful back injury. James Whoriskey took in his 2nd half marathon in two weeks, the Lifford based teacher running a consistent 1:38:56.
Nat Doherty was just outside his best with 1:44:54. Mark Scott running well in his 2nd half marathon recording 1:47:20. Teresa Winston led the Milford ladies contingent, finishing just outside her best with 1:53:38. Aine Whoriskey continued her record breaking form, as she recorded her 2nd pb for the 13:1 mile distance, taking 45 seconds off her Donegal Half Marathon time, recording 1:52:57. Francis Diver likewise improved on his Letterkenny outing by one minute recording 1:57:42.
Barry Browne led a quartet in the 2:03 minute bracket. The Milford garage proprietor running 2:03:03, followed by Jacqui Barrett in 2:03:08, Rosemary McGee 2:03:07, and Agnes Ryan taking in her 3rd half marathon of the season, recording 2:03:29.
Bernie Gallagher is getting back to her best after a recent eye operation, with 2:09:42. Fiona Blaney ran steady and strongly to record 2:10:34 running alongside 1st time half marathon, Frank McTaggart – the Ballyare man also finishing strongly in 2:10:34.
Club secretary Bernie O’Donnell only recently upped her mileage in preparation for the longer distance and with the pacing help of Paul Ryan ran a great 2:27:20. Jim McCahill paced Sinead McTaggart and despite a very sore knee, ran very well to finish in 2:35:48. The Ballyare woman is determined to complete the Dublin Marathon, where she will be running to raise money for Pieta House to build a centre in Donegal.
Brendan Boyce Home Coming
A large crowd turned up at Milford Hall on Friday night to welcome home Olympian Brendan Boyce. The event was hosted by Milford Parish Community Games Committee, spearheaded by Mary O’Donnell.
A cavalcade accompanied Brendan from Letterkenny, where he arrived at 6:15pm after travelling up from Cork.
Presentations were made to Brendan to mark his 19th place finish in the 50km walk in the Rio Olympics 2 weeks earlier. Manus O’Donnell representing the Milford Parish Community Games made a presentation to Brendan as did, Hugo Duggan from Milford AC, Joe McNulty from Baile na nGalloglach GAA, Noel Gillespie from Milford Utd. Soccer Club, from Bernie Gallagher representing Brendan’s sponsor – Marine Harvest Fanad and John Coyle from Milford Ju Jit Su.
Guest speakers included Michael Galvin from Letterkenny AC, Danny McDaid 1972 and 1976 Olympian, and Patsy McGonagle athletics team manager for the last 5 Olympics.
Thanks are extended to all who helped prior to the event and to all who helped on the night. Brendan is on a short break in Milford before returning to training for a Road Walking Race in China before the end of September.
M2M Charity Cycle
The club extend congratulations to Hugh Coll and the 15 cyclists who raised a massive €15,400 for Donegal Mental Health and Ramelton Nursing Unit after their recent 400km cycle from Mitchelstown to Milford (M2M).
Juvenile training has just resumed after the summer break. A large number of children turned up on Tuesday night last, where Brendan Boyce was on hand to demonstrate the techniques required for race walking. Training times will be as last year, - Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm at Milford pitches.
As the numbers are increasing particularly in the younger age groups, more help is required to help out at training with regard to supervision. Anyone willing to help out is asked to contact Hugh Coll.
The Donegal 5km road championships take place this Sunday in Buncrana, starting at 11am.
The Mulroy College 10km will take place in Milford on Saturday 17th September, starting at Mulroy College at 11am.