Sunday, 22nd April - "Running Mad" Dan Doherty 23rd at 100K World Championships
On Sunday, 22nd April in Seregno, Italy, Inishowen AC member and UltraRunning Ireland team captain, Dan Doherty produced a world class time of 7 hours 7 minutes 20 seconds, leading the Irish to sixth at the 100K World Championships. Dan finished 23rd overall, closely followed by teammates John Byrne and Keith Whyte. With eighteen International teams in attendance, the competition was intense. But Ireland has been turning heads on the UltraRunning scene for years, typified by Helena Crossan's performances in Europe and the USA. IAC can now boast two International representatives among its members.
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Sunday, 22nd April - Titanic 10K and London Marathon - Report
Sunday, 22nd April saw Inishowen athletes in Belfast and London for the Titanic 10k and the London Marathon. Seamus Mc Daid was the sole representitive in Belfast for the popular 10k event, and with a field of 2,500, a fantastic atmospher was felt about the course. Seamus crossed the line in 44.47.
Wednesday, 18th April - Furey Insurances 5K Series - Race 1 (Bay Road) - Results and Report
Wednesday, 18th April saw the first race of the Furey Insurances 5k series, which doubled as the Northern Ireland 5k Championship. A number of our athletes ran the National 10k in Dublin a few days prior, affecting the club turnout at the Bay Road. With the weather good on the evening and vocal support on the course, a proper test of racing was on the cards. As expected, Scott Rankin, Declan Reed and Emmet McGinty took the early lead. It was Declan Reed who broke out of the trio to become 5K Champion 2012 in a time of 15.11. Inishowen AC had fourteen athletes on the start line and some good performances were had. Declan Caldwell was the first Inishowen athlete over the line in 17.59, with Gerard Doherty close behind in 18.16, followed by:
Shane Doherty - 19.05
Ronan Whoriskey - 19.18
Frankie Lavelle - 19.22
Michael Harkin - 20.29
Francis Doherty - 21.22
Seamus Mc Daid - 21.31
Denise Doherty - 22.37
Grainne Gallagher - 22.59
Ruth Doherty - 22.59
Tayna Farren - 24.27
Marie O'Donnell - 24.51
Ursula Lynch - 25.08
Mary McHale - 25.48
Sunday, 15th April - Great Ireland Run - Results & Report
Fifteen Inishowen AC athletes made the journey to Phoenix Park, Dublin for the annual Great Ireland Run, which doubled as the National 10K Championship. Over 11,000 athletes were at the start line, including some of the world's best such as current Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, Kenisa Bekele, taking part in his first Irish event in 10 years...he didn't dissapoint, with a superb display of running to destroy the field in a new course record time, which is also the fastest 10k time on the road worldwide this year - 27.49. The inishowen squad were delighted to be involved in the same event as the great man.
Saturday, 31st March - Omagh Half Marathon - Results & Report
Inishowen AC were in Omagh on Saturday, 31st March to compete in the annual Omagh Half Marathon. A strong team of twenty-nine Inishowen AC runners, the biggest club participation on the day, made the journey to mid-Ulster. It was encouraging to see so many from the Fit4Life programme competing, some of whom were racing over the distance for the first time. Overall, 1500 runners took part in the race and it was a visiting athlete from Dublin, former National Marathon champion Sergiu Ciobanu, who destroyed the elite field in a time of 64.08, which was a near four minutes ahead of second place finisher, Stephen Duncan of Omagh Harriers.
Finnbar Gallagher was the in-form Inishowen athlete on the day with a 1.23.41, followed by Buncrana athlete, Christian Mc Ginley who finished strongly in a time of 1.24.35. Helena Crossan continued her good form with a 1.26 finish to get on the podium as winner of the Masters Ladies race. She was also third female finisher overall.