Community out in force for holiday run

A sprint for the line during the St Patrick’s Day 5K in Strabane.

THE annual St Patrick’s Day 5K in Strabane proved a massive success once again, with 172 participants hitting the streets as local duo, Alan McGinley and Claire McGuigan sealed the coveted silverware.

Funded by the Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP) Strabane, DFC and O’Neills Sportswear, the run was organised to encourage everyone of all ages to get up and out no matter if it is to either walk, jog, or run – it was all about the community getting together to improve their health and wellbeing.


The route of the main race was changed this year due to the shops opening on the main street. The new route provided a great opportunity for the local residents to come out and support the people, who in turn supported local charities – one of which was to purchase a defibrillator for the town with Ronan McAnenny in turn purchasing the heated box and installing it outside his premises on

John Wesley Street for access to the public. The other beneficiary is the Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund.

The event was held in conjunction with Strabane and District Caring Services, PHA (Public Health Agency), O’Neills, Sigersons GAA Club and the local Community Rescue Team.

This year’s JB Logue Cup went to Strabane Lifford AC athlete Alan McGinley. The trophy had been resurrected thanks to Mark Connolly; the prized silverware which was first presented in the 1950’s when the same event was held over a 10 mile race in Strabane.

The leading woman was Claire McGuigan, who also represents Strabane Lifford AC, and she was presented with the Gerry O’Donnell Cup by Declan O’Donnell, son of the late Gerry.

BBC Sports coach of the year, Stephen Maguire presented all the winners with their prizes and the organisers were keen to thank him for his time, and they also wished to thank Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O’Neills Sportswear for supplying each participant and volunteer with a warm woolly bobble hat, which was greatly appreciated on the day it was.

They would also like to thank Strabane and District Caring for their sponsorship and contribution to the first prize. Spot prizes were sponsored by local businesses: STS (Strabane Training Services), Peak Performance, Salon Select, Divine Hair and Beauty and Medicare.


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