Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

National Cross Country, Dundalk
There was another huge turnout in Dundalk on Sunday for the National Juvenile Uneven
Age Group Championships and National Ladies and Men's Novice Championships.  The overhead weather conditions were as good as possible on a mid-December day and the underfoot conditions were equally good, bar a tad sticky on the undulating course.
On the ultra-competitive 12 race card, Donegal pride of place goes to Cranford AC's, Oisin Kelly, winner of the u13 boy’s race.  The Kilmacrennan ‘pocket rocket’ came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.

  Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.  Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11:30am.  The Ramelton girl was competing in the u11 girl’s race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155 starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the county team that finished 5th.  Cranford’s Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.

  Gerard Marley had to wait until 3:10pm, the men’s novice race being the last race of the day.  The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra-competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23:52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3:58 per km.

  The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men’s novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan (LAC) making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark McPaul (FV) in 18th.  19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley’s Clonliffe Harriers, winning the coveted team prize.  Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies novice with a top 16 finish.

Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

The Ryans

Noelle Ryan ran 2:05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half Marathon on Saturday, while husband Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17:13 in his hometown on Sunday, finishing 2nd overall.

The club extends congratulations to the other Ryan’s, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.

Club 3km Handicap

The Annual Milford AC 3km Handicap will take place on Wednesday 28th December, starting at 1:00pm.  Registration will be at the clubhouse from 12pm.  Cost is €5.00.  Presentation and refreshments will take place in The Traveller’s Inn, Milford afterwards.  The race is open to athletes outside the club also.  Parents are asked to note, it is strictly only for children aged over 14 years old to comply with Athletics Ireland rules.

Club Membership Fees

The club membership fees have been set similar to last year, i.e. one juvenile athlete €25.  2 juveniles from one family €40.  3 = €60.  Family membership €100.  Senior and master men and ladies €50.

  Club juvenile registration night will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 6:30pm.  All parents and coaches are asked to attend.  Club children’s officer Darina Ferry will be in attendance to give a talk on child protection protocol etc.  All senior and masters athletes are asked to have membership fees paid by the end of January 2017.

Couch to 5km

The club couch to 5km programme 2017 will commence on Monday 23rd January 2017, running for 9 weeks, culminating with the 2nd Milford 5km series race on 24th March.  The weekly programme will be as before, i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday commencing at 7:30pm sharp at the track around the football pitches at Moyle.  Cost is €50.00 for the nine weeks.  The fee will also act as club membership for the remainder of 2017.

  Over the past number of years the Couch to 5km programme has been a catalyst for setting people on the road to improved fitness and achieving running feats previously thought unattainable, i.e. completing 10km, a half marathon and in some cases – a marathon.

County Board Presentation Night

The Donegal County Board Annual Presentation night will take place in the Finn Valley Centre on Saturday 14th January 2017.  Club founder, Hugo Duggan has been selected as the Hall of Fame recipient.

ace. The Kilmacrenan 'pocket rocket' came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.
Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11.30am. The Ramelton girl was competing in the u.11 girls race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the County team that finished 5th. Cranford's, Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.
Gerald Marley had to wait until 3.10pm, the men's Novice race being the last race of the day. The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23.52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3.58 per km.
The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men's novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan, (LAC), making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark Mc Paul, (FV) in 18th. 19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley's, Clonliffe Harriers,winning the coveted team prize.
Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies Novice with a top 16 finish.

In the u.11 boys race, Cranford's, Caolan Mc Fadden finished a great 4th overall with young Churchill lad, Boyd Russell, running for Olympian, Derry, a close 5th.
John Mc Groddy, Cranford, was 10th in the u15 boys race.
Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

THE RYAN'S
Noelle Ryan ran 2.05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half marathon yesterday, while Husband, Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17.13 in his home town today, finishing 2nd overall.
The club extends congratulations to the other RYAN'S, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ' Ireland's fittest family'

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