21 November 2021 – Adam Kirk-Smith headlined a busy weekend for DTC athletes with a fine 24th place in the National Senior Cross Country, making him the first Ulster-based athlete across the finish line. Good news also is that AKS has committed himself to DTC for 2022 becoming our first contract athlete for the year.
22 Andrew Coscoran Star of the Sea A.C. 31:52
23 David Mansfield Clonmel 31:53
24 Adam Kirk-Smith Derry Track Club 32:02
25 James Dunne (U23) Tullamore Hrs 32:04
Elsewhere David Mellon scored his second consecutive (third in all) win at the Buncrana parkrun, coming home in windy conditions with a 20:22 clocking. David hopes to complete his Malcolm McCausland recorded 24:55.
Mark Quigley showed a continued improvement since joining DTC with a runner-up spot at the Derry City (5.3km) parkrun.
“Tough course!,” said Mark. “Came through 5K at 19:23 so happy enough with that, 20:41 and second place overall.”
Our Paralympic T13 100m champion Jason Smyth has recently received a civic reception in his home village of Eglinton, Co. Derry/Londonderry. Here is the newspaper report https://www.derrynow.com/news/athletics/691993/eglinton-welcomes-six-time-local-paralympic-gold-hero-home.html
We also welcome Stephen Logan as a new member. The NI man is based in South Yorkshire but will be running for us in the NI & Ulster Masters’ XC Champs at the end of January
Finally, DTC would also like to welcome Carly Chestnutt who is currently on trial with the club. First impressions are very positive.