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Local athletes acknowledged at annual club awards evening

ON Friday night, Lifford Strabane AC hosted its annual awards evening in Maggies Tavern, St Johnston.

Juvenile award recipients: Ellie McCurdy, Adrienne Gallen, Jude McCrossan, Cormac O’Donnell, Alisha Cuskelly, Ross Henderson, Darragh Kirk, Ryan Henderson, Caoimhe Gallen, Harriet McCrossan, Una O’Donnell and Emily Neeson.

Junior award recipients: Brendan O’Donnell, Alan McGinley and Brandon McGrinder.

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Under 23 award recipient: Darryl Crawford.

Senior award recipients: Gareth Crawford, Damien Crawford, Dympna Houston, Claire Keys, Veronika McGillian, Jess Moorehead, Linda McGrath, Claire McGuigan, Garreth McCullagh, Paul Kelly, Kenny Melaugh, and Michael Duncan.

Overall Master athletes were Linda McGrath and Paul Kelly.

Overall Senior athletes were Claire McGuigan and Kenny Melaugh.

Meanwhile, on a chilly Sunday morning, 10 Lifford Strabane AC athletes took to the start line of the St Patrick’s Day 5K charity race in Strabane, which was organised to help raise funds for local charities.

It was Alan McGinley who finished first for the club, placing second overall in a super-fast time of 16:17 minutes. Paul Kelly was next to the line, placing third overall after running a season’s best time of 17:25.

The third senior male finisher for the club was Liam Cleary, who finished in a great time of 21:21.

In the ladies race it was Lifford Strabane AC’s leading lady, Claire McGuigan who stole the show, finishing as first lady and fourth overall in a season’s best time of 17:35. Claire was awarded the Gerry O’Donnell Cup for the second consecutive year.

Edel McCauley was the only other female participant for the club in a time of 30:41.

In the junior male category, it was young Cormac Carlin who finished first, placing 14th overall and fourth for the club in a personal best time of 19:58.

Other club finishers were Sean Carlin (21:51), Dominic Carlin (22:28), Laurence Doherty (25:57) and Sean Michael Morris (35:27).

Anyone wishing to order club gear please contact the club’s PRO Carmel Hoynes or private message the clubs Facebook page.

On Saturday, May 4, Lifford Strabane AC will host its second annual Throws Fest. More details to follow.

Anyone interesting in getting involved with assisting with Juvenile training on a Monday night from 6:30pm can they contact any committee member to express their interest.

Juvenile training: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm – training for athletes aged 10 years and under will be held in Lifford Community Centre on Mondays at 6:30pm sharp; Walking Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm; adult training, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45pm. New members always welcome. All training sessions are coach led.

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