Jason Smyth Caps Excellent Week for DTC

18 May 2018

Northern Ireland athletes Leon Reid and Jason Smyth both clinched victories over the rarely-run 150 metres at the Great CityGames in Manchester on Friday evening.

Jason Smyth

Paralympic great Smyth clocked 15.82 seconds to take an emphatic victory in the T13 race.  Five-time Paralympics gold medallist Jason Smyth finished ahead of Zak Skinner

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Reid produced a strong finish to win his race in 15.52 as he held off Dutch athlete Solomon Bockarie by 0.05 seconds.

“I fear no one at the moment,” said Reid, 24, after his win. “I kept my form well at the end of the race which is what I’ve been doing.”

In April, Reid earned Northern Ireland’s first Commonwealth Games athletics medal since 1990 when he was promoted to 200m bronze after England’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a lane infringement after crossing the line first.

English-born Reid is hoping to be given clearance by the IAAF to switch international allegiance so that he will be able to compete for Ireland at this summer’s European Championships in Berlin.

Five-time Paralympics gold medallist Smyth’s time left him 0.91 ahead of Britain’s Zak Skinner.

17 May 2018

Two DTC athletes  were in action at Wilkie’s Run  with Robert Bigger (31:49)  taking first prize in the M60 category while Cathal McLaughlin just missed out on the M50 prize with a 28:56 timing.

15 May 2018

Cathal McLaughlin was the winner of the M50 age group at the Inter-Firms Race in Letterkenny.  It was a memorable evening for the DTC chairman with his E & I Engineering squad winning the team competition.

13 May 2018

Marina approaching the 12 mile mark.

Marina Murphy took an excellent second place in the Strabane-Lifford  Half Marathon in  85:23.  Michael Murphy suffered a foot injury after five kilometres but manfully struggled on to finish an excellent  third in the M40 age group with a 82:57 mark.

Irish New Report

Strabane was buzzing  as over 1,000 runners hit the roads for the annual Strabane-Lifford Half Marathon that followed a route taking in both sides of the Tyrone and Donegal border.  Gerard Gallagher and local woman Claire McGuigan dominated the men’s and women’s respectively while the solitary entrant Karol Doherty ploughed a lonely furrow for a hard-earned victory in the wheelchair race.

Michael Murphy is prominent early on along side eventual winner Gerard Gallagher.

Gallagher was among the first to show at the front as the field got under way in bright but cool conditions from Meeting House Street in Strabane. The Finn Valley runner was never subsequently headed as he drove on for a convincing victory in 73 minutes and 41 seconds.

Gallagher eventually came home over a minute and a half clear of Letterkenny’s Ciaran McGonagle who had also completed the Belfast City Marathon just a few days earlier. Shercock’s James Treanor looked as though he might snatch the runner-up spot late in the race but in the end had to settle for the bronze medal as the Rosses native dug deep into his reserves to hold on.

Claire McGuigan adopted similar tactics in the women’s race to Gallagher and looked strong throughout as she saw off the challenge of Derry Track Club’s Marina Murphy by over three minutes with an impressive 82:08 mark. Murphy had an even bigger margin of seven minutes over a distant but deserved third placer Denise Ward from the Foyle Valley club in Derry.

Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, congratulated the tired participants at the finish line, before presenting the prizes.

“Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon – and the crowds of enthusiastic well-wishers who lined the route to give encouragement to the runners” he said.  “Although the main winners were local, this year’s race has attracted entrants from all over the island of Ireland as well as internationally – and for a high proportion of runners taking part it was their first half marathon this year, which was heartening to see.”

Earlier Gerard Gallagher had kicked off a busy weekend programme by winning one of three races on Friday night. Just two seconds separated him from Derry Track Club’s Paul Barbour in Aghyaran with a 17:05 timing. Barbour’s clubmate Michelle Donnelly was first woman in 20:27.