THE second in the three race Dalys XL Lifford AC Spring 5K Series attracted 300 athletes to the streets of Raphoe on Sunday.
The race winner was Paul Barbour, Omagh Harriers, in a time of 15 minutes 39 seconds, almost half a minute clear of his closest challenger Letterkenny’s Christopher Johnston (16:03) with Martin Cox, Project Africa Athletics, third in 16:24.
Five other athletes broke the 17 minute barrier in what was a high quality race. They were Pauric Breslin (Letterkenny AC), James Clarke (Clones AC), Cathal McLaughlin (Derry City Track Club), Adam Speer (Finn Valley AC) and Mark Mullan (City of Derry Spartans AC).
Local Lifford athlete 27 378 Claire McGuigan was the first woman to finish in 18:53, ahead of Kathleen McNulty (Finn Valley AC) 19:57 and Hannah McGowan (Derry City Track Club) 20:18
The Spring 5K Series, organised by Lifford Athletic Club has proven itself to be a big draw, year on year attracting big numbers to its three races in St Johnston, Raphoe and Lifford.Held across three different venues from which the club draws much of its membership and support, the Series provides ideal opportunities for many different people to kick start the New Year on a positive footing.
From the serious athlete looking to get in some early season races, to the recreational runner and walkers getting out, getting fit and having fun, there is something in this Series for everyone.
The Series also provides opportunities for the local communities to engage with events on their doorstep and to come and join in and be part of the fun.
1, Paul Barbour Omagh Harriers AC15:39; 2,Christopher Johnston, Letterkenny AC 16:03; 3, Martin Cox Project Africa Athletics 16:24; 4 Pauric Breslin Letterkenny AC 16:37; 5 James Clarke Clones AC 16:40; 6 Cathal McLaughlin Derry City Track Club 16:42; 7 Adam Speer Finn Valley AC 16:48; 8 Mark Mullan City of Derry Spartans AC 16:53; 9 Ciaran Collins Project Africa Athletics 17:02; 10, Matt Doherty Derry City Track Club 17:05