Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

 

Hughie Gallagher RIP 1924-2017
It was with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of club president, Mr. Hughie Gallagher.  Hughie had lived a long and industrious life, largely due to a healthy lifestyle, involvement in sport, working the land and relative lack of the stresses of modern day life - which was a hallmark of his generation.
  Hughie was a former Donegal Person of the Year but it is his long and positive involvement in master’s athletics which stood him apart.  He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.  Just two years ago in August 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat.  He travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.  Even though he suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. 

Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.

  Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.  Hugh was a proud member of Milford AC and put the club on the map at national level.

  Hughie was waked in his family home in Creevy, Carrigart and his funeral took place in Carrigart on Monday.  Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago.  He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Glenmore 10mile.
Fantastic performances from the 15 club athletes who took part in the Glenmore 10mile (16km) race in Stranorlar on Sunday.  A great overall turnout of 470 runners faced the starter on the bridge separating the Twin Towns.
The frosty conditions left runners in a quandary as to what clothing to wear, but that apart, one couldn't get a better morning in early February.
All 15 Milfordians surpassed and exceeded their early season expectations. 

John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent finishing in 61.38.  Former couch to 5km participant Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km running a pb of 70.54.  James Whoriskey and Daniel Cullen ran 71.19, Eoin Sheehy 72.43 and Philip McGovern 74.40.  David Connors not too far adrift in 76.25.

  Ita McGettigan made a great return to running (as she currently primarily trains for triathlon) running a pb of 76.42.  Siobhan McHugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to run 78.47.  Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, running 81.16.  Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength running 81.59.  Paula Hegarty also on top form, running 82.19.  Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline McElwaine and Bernie Gallagher running 88.25, 90.55 and 91.01 respectively.  Mary McDaid put in her best performance in a club singlet running 95.29.  Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.

Paddy Ryan

The club extend congratulations to club member Paddy Ryan, who put in his best cross country race to date when he finished 6th in the National Garda Cross Country Championships in the Phoenix Park last week running 36:20 for the 10km distance.  His team, the Northwest Division were narrowly beat by 2 points by the Garda Training College in the team event.

Brendan Boyce

The club extend congratulation to local man and Letterkenny AC athlete, Brendan Boyce, who set a pb and county record of 11.38 for the 3km indoor walk at the AAI Games in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin last Sunday.  Speaking afterwards, he said, ‘it was a very positive opener to the season as he had been concentrating on 50km work in January’.  He hopes to take that form to the National Indoor 5km Championships in two weeks’ time at the same venue.

Finn Valley’s John Kelly also broke the county shot put record at the same meet, with a throw of 17:49mts.

 

Up Coming Races

The final race of the Lifford 5km series takes place this Sunday in Lifford starting at 10:30am.

The National Master’s Cross country Championships and Juvenile B takes place at Waterford I.T. on Sunday.  County men’s and ladies teams will hope to be in contention in the team categories.

The ‘Marine Harvest Fanad’ 5km series in Milford on Saturday 25th February, starting at 11am.

The next longer race is the ‘Cara’ Bundoran 10 mile and 10km which takes place in Bundoran on Saturday 11th March, starting at 10:30am.

The Convoy 10km takes place in Convoy on Sunday 9th April starting at 10:30am.  Entry fee €10.00.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club member Fiona Grier and her husband Paul on the recent death of Paul’s Aunt

 Peg McArdle nee Grier.  May she rest in peace.rly season, expectations.
John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent, finishing around the 61min mark. Former couch to 5 km participant, Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km to open up a slight gap on James Whoriskey, Daniel Cullen, Eoin Sheehy and Philip Mc Govern. David Connors and Eoghan Fogarty not too far adrift.
Ita Mc Gettigan made a great return to running, (as she currently primarily trains for Triathlon) running a pb of around 4.47/km. Siobhan MC Hugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to get well under 80 mins, avg of 4.52/km.
Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, averaging 5.01/km. Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength, on avg 5.03 per km. Paula Hegarty also on top form running avg 5.06/ km approx.
Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline Mc Elwaine and BernieGallagher all well under 90 mins approx. Mary Mc Daid put in her best performance in a club singlet running around 95min mark.
Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.
WELL DONE.ich stood him apart. He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.
Just two years ago in 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat. He had travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.
Even though he had suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the Championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.
Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.
He will be waked at his family home in Creevy, Carrigart today and tomorrow. His funeral mass will take place in Carrigart chapel at 11am on Monday 6th February. Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago. He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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