THE McGlynn family have had several reasons to celebrate of late, with Ann-Marie’s exceptional performance at the Dublin Marathon where she broke the Northern Ireland women’s record when finishing as the second lady overall.
At the weekend, the Strabane woman was celebrating again after winning the ladies Seely Cup 10K for the second time in a new course record time. Ann-Marie completed the testing Ormeau Park course in 33.41 minutes, surpassing Theresa Duffy’s 1989 time of 33.43 minutes for her sixth PB of the year.
But it wasn’t only Ann-Marie who was celebrating at the weekend, so too was her husband Trevor, who was named Athletics NI’s joint Community Coach of the Year alongside Springwell RC’s Alistair Bratten.
Trevor was nominated for the accolade, which he received from Peter Stanley, who coached Jonathan Edwards to the triple jump world record, by the athletes he coaches, who include Mark McBrearty, Orlagh Colton, Collie Harkin, Mark McConnell, Mark Donnelly, Tina Gallagher, Cathal McDevitt and Fabien McNamee.
“It’s good to get one from the national governing body,” beamed McGlynn, who also received Omagh Harriers’ senior male athlete and track and field male awards a week earlier.
“It’s one of the best awards I’ve ever received and it’s the first coaching award I’ve ever received,” the Strabane man continued.
“I was delighted about it and it’s recognition for all the work that goes on behind the scenes – the things people don’t see like the planning, writing schedules for people, all the other work that has to be done.
“A lot of work goes into it and there’s years and years and years of knowledge, courses, travelling to different parts of the world, learning from different coaches, some of the best in the world, Olympic athletes. Then there’s the qualifications.”
As a junior athlete, the Strabane man was ranked third in the world for the sprint hurdles before a hamstring injury pushed him towards coaching.
Since then, he has combined his love of learning to help others excel, while also remaining competitive in a variety of disciplines himself.
“I love picking peoples brains and I love learning about the biomechanics of the body.
“Since I came back to athletics in a big way about six or seven years ago I’ve been doing about 50 per cent coaching and 50 per cent competing, but it’s good, I enjoy it. I love giving back, passing on all the knowledge I’ve got.”
Trevor is currently preparing himself and his pupils for the indoor season, which gets underway on December 28, followed by the
All Ireland Indoor Pentathlon Championships, Scottish Championships, UK Championships, and he and Mark McConnell hope to compete at the World Ultra Multi-event Indoor Championships at the end of March in the South of France.
Ann-Marie, meanwhile, sealed an impressive victory at the Seely Cup, finishing almost a full minute in front of her Letterkenny AC team-mate, Nakita Burke, with Jessica Craig third.
Saturday’s outing was her first competitive run since that stunning performance in only her second marathon in Dublin at the end of October.
Over the next few months, she will ramp up her preparations for only her third ever marathon in the Spring as she continues her attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.