Claire wins her first Irish team selection

THE weekend of October 19 was another busy one for Lifford Strabane AC’s athletes, coaches and committee members.

The big news of the weekend came last Sunday when Lifford Strabane AC’s Claire McGuigan made the trip to Abbottstown Sports Campus for the Spar Autumn Open International Cross Country Xperience extremely worthwhile, placing second overall in the F35+ category, which resulted in Claire qualifying for her first Irish Vest!

This is just rewards for this athlete who displays great attitude and commitment to her training! Claire will now go on to represent Ireland at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships next month.


On Saturday, Lifford Strabane AC had a number of club athletes toeing the line at the fund raiser for the local St Mary’s Primary School, Strabane. The route started above the location of the school, taking the race goers down the Melmount Road, turning left at the Urney Road, left again up the drag of the Northern Link before making their way to the finish line in the school grounds.

First three senior male finishers for the club were Paul Kelly, placing third overall in a superb time of 18:24; placing fourth overall was Conor McLaughlin in a great time of 19:29, with Martin Kelly finishing third for the club in 20:32.

For the ladies it was Linda McGrath, who was third senior lady finisher overall in a fine time of 21:58, ahead of Dympna Houston in 22:43, followed by Catherine Quigley in 31:28.

In the male U19 category, Lifford Strabane AC’s Cormac Carlin placed third overall in a fantastic time of 21:59, ahead of Daire Houston (27:13), followed by Liam Quigley in 31:28.

Orlaith McCrory was winner of the female U19 category in a fine time of 22:25, followed by the young Darcie Clarke in 24:16 and Sarah Jane Campbell in 26:57.

Juvenile club athlete Jaime McGinley opted for the 1K distance to take first place overall.


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