20 September 2016
Derry Track Club claimed a hat-trick of wins at its own 2nd Annual Invitational Road Relays on a fast 2.6km circuit around the Craigavon and Peace Bridges .
The Master ladies kicked off the night in style with Marina Campbell opening up with the fastest leg of the race. Debutante Lisa McLaughlin and Deirdre Haigney completed a fine all round effort.
Cathal McLaughlin set the DTC Masters off to a solid start with the fastest time of the evening although Darrell McKee impressed on the first leg for the Acorns Senior team.
The Senior men were probably the most impressive with our six fastest runners all finishing up in the seven fastest times of the evening. JP Williamson showed he had lost none of his speed after a quiet summer with a scintillating effort on the second leg of the B team.
It would have been probably a DTC 1-2 but for Foyle Valley’s Darragh Crossan taking a shortcut on the exit from Ebrington. In the spirit of sportsmanship no disqualification was imposed by the hosts. However, that did not prevent this post.
1 Derry Track Club 30:27 ( M Murphy 9:34#, L McLaughlin 10:18, D Haigney 10:35)
2 Foyle Valley 30:34 (M McMullan 9:41, L McGuigan 10:50, G Neill 10:03)
1 Sperrin Hrs 32:28 (T Quinn 10:30#, L Mitchell 10:53, N Gillespie 11:05)
2 Foyle Valley (E McGilloway 10:48, O Moran 11:17, A Mullan 10:59)
1 Derry Track Club 34:59 (C McLaughlin 8:17#, A Boyle 8:44, T Shiels 8:32, K Connolly 9:26)
2 Acorns AC 37:07 (K Bigmore 8:33, C Mullan 8:55, N Hassan 9:46, D Murphy 9:53)
3 Sperrin Hrs 40:29 (A Devlin 9:15, M Thom 10:14, M McCullough 10:18, A Rea 10:42)
1 Derry Track Club 31:59 (M Cox 7:44 , M Doherty 7:51, S McGowan 7:53, C Millar 8:31)
2 Foyle Valley 32:41 (S Connor 8:13 , D Crossan 8:05*, O Gartland 8:10, M McLaughlin 8:13)
3 Derry Track Club B 32:43 (P Barbour 7:58, JP Williamson 7:36#, C Doherty 7:51, C McIlveen 9:18)
4 Acorns AC 33:09 (D McKee 8:00, G Donnelly 8:13, F McDaid 8:26, M Loughran 8:30)
5 Sperrin Hrs 34:07 (G Corey 7:56, B Taggart 8:24, M McDermott 8:52, S O’Gara 8:55)
6 Foyle Valley B 35:30 (T Murphy 8:32, M Hockley 8:44, R Mooney 9:59, M McGowan 8:30)
7 Sperrin Hrs Mixed (S Henry 13:23, T Gourley 10:49, L Smailes 11:42,)
# Fastest leg.
* D Crossan covered shorter course by running up grass banking in Ebrington.