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Denise puts her best foot forward for charity

Clare Elliott in action for Lifford Strabane AC.

LIFFORD Strabane AC walking club member Denise Langan was putting her training to great use by raising funds for very worthy charities over the course of last week.

Denise competed in four events in total – the Relay for Life, the Aurivo in Killygordon, the Strabane Leukaemia and Lymphoma Walk and the Ladies Foyle Hospice Run/Walk in Derry.

At the Aurivo 5K in Killygordon, despite the thundery downpours prior to the race start, 273 runners/walkers toed the line. Lifford Strabane AC’s senior athlete Liam Cleary, who has come into great racing form of late, finished in a super time of 20:36 minutes. Joyce McKittrick, not having raced in over five months, made this her comeback race and finished in a decent time of 24:21.

At the Donoughmore NS 5K, a total of 229 runners/walkers took to the starting line. Toeing the line once again was senior athlete Liam Cleary, who had another consistent run, finishing in a 20:18, placing third in the M40+ category.

Aidan McGrath was next to the line for Lifford Strabane AC in 24:49, Jay Walsh finished in 27:35, with Laurence Doherty hot on his heels in a time of 27:36. Clare Elliott finished in a super time of 23:27, placing second female finisher overall and first in the F40+ category.

At the first of the Paul Murray Memorial 5k Grand Prix Series, Lifford Strabane AC/Glenelly runner, Linda Hayes finished in 27:43 minutes.

At the NI and Ulster Open Senior and U18-20 Age Group Championships, at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast, where all club athletes brought home medals to make the journey worthwhile.

Results were as follows: Girls U18 discus (1kg), Aimee Gallen placed 3rd, throwing 16.19m, and second in the U18 girls javelin 500g, throwing 17.19.

Winning the boys U18 shot (5kg), Ryan Henderson threw 9.31m, and he also won the boys U18 hammer (5kg), throwing 26.22.

Boys U18 javelin (700g), Xavier McCann placed second, throwing 42.35m.

Winning the boys U19 javelin (800g), Michael McMenamin threw 29.53m.

Winning the boys U20 javelin (800g) with a very impressive new personal best throw of 64.37m was Gareth Crawford.

Winning the boys U20 hammer (6kg) was Brendan O’Donnell, throwing 65.19m.

Winning the boys U15 pole vault, which is a new event for juvenile athlete Cormac O’Donnell, jumped 2.20m

FULL ARTICLE IN THURSDAY’S STRABANE CHRONICLE

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