WHILE many sporting events had to be cancelled over the weekend due to to the weather conditions, Carmen Runners members refused to let the snow and ice stop over 200 runners taking part in their ninth annual 10K and 5K road race.
Due to the original route being ruled out as it was unsafe to run on with ice and snow, an out and back course was used as a second option.
Even with frequent snow showers and, at times, gale force winds, there were some fantastic times recorded, none more so that Ann-Marie McGlynn’s effort of 34.39 minutres, which smashed the female course record by over two minutes!
Foyle Valley AC’s Keith Shields took the overall win in 32.40 minutes, followed by Eoin Hughes, Acorns AC, in 33.39 with Mc Glynn third. The 5K was won by Carmen Runners own Martin Cox as he continues his return to form with another superb sub 15.30, closely followed by Acorns duo, Darrell McKee and Martin McVey.
10K male top 10
1, Keith Shields, 32.40; 2, Eoin Hughes, 33.39; 3, Paul Barbour, 35.11; 4, Vincent McAlister, Acorns AC, 35.23; 5, Conor Gallagher, Lfford Strabane AC, 35.42; 6, Pierce McCullagh, Sperrin Harriers, 35.47; 7, Gavin McGlinchey, City Of Derry Spartans, 36.25; 8, Aidan O’Hagan, Acorns AC, 36.38; 9, Michael Kerr, Carmen Runners AC, 36.56; 10, Paul Conway, Acorns AC, 37.43.
10K top 10 females
1, Ann-Maire McGlynn, Letterkenny AC, 34.39; 2, Grace Carson, Mid Ulster AC, 39.10; 3, Leanne Sands, Acorns, 42.37; 4, Olivia Mullin, Greencastle AC, 43.20; 5, Michelle Donnelly, 43.40; 6, Maire Harper, Finn Valley, 44.40; 7, Oonagh Maguire, Knockmany Runners, 45.17; 8, Catriona Gillen, Carmen Runners, 45.46; 9, Siobhan Hughes, Carmen Runners, 46.00; 10, Patricia Harley, Run for Enda, 46.27.
FULL REPORT IN TODAY’S STRABANE CHRONICLE