On Tuesday December 16th, Letterkeny AC held a 'welcome home' reception for club athlete Anne Marie McGlynn, who had captained the Irish women's cross country team in the European XC Championships in Bulgaria. Apart from captaining the team, Anne Marie was also a scorer on the team, which picked up Bronze Medals in this highly prestigious event. The reception was held in the hall at Aura Leisure Centre. Michael Galvin club chairman, Ciaran O'Donnell, coach Teresa McDaid, Councillor Michael McBride, Chairman of Donegal County Athletics Board Brendan O'Donnell, and LAC Club Captain Aidan McKenna all spoke highly of Anne Marie's achievement, emphasising her work ethic and the impact she had as a positive role model for young LAC athletes. Ciaran O'Donnell then conducted a 'Question and Answer' session with Anne Marie. Finally, the local media and club members were given an opportunity to take photographs and to chat with Anne Marie.
Immediately after Anne Marie's reception, the club organised its annual 'GOAL Mile', on the track at Aura. Over 40 runners completed the challenge, on a cold, wet, windy evening. Danny Mooney, Ciaran Doherty, Danny McBrearty, and Pauric Breslin and all did a sub 5 minute mile.
Aidan McKenna was the only LAC runner who competed in the Sparta AC cross country race at Gransha, Derry. Aidan had an excellent run. The race was won by Declan Reed, a Sparta M40 athlete. Only 1 other runner from the age M40 category finished ahead of Aidan.
All club members are reminded that the annual Christmas Day club run will take place at 10.00 a.m. Runners should meet at Letterkenny Town Park/St Conal's.There will be a charity event on Sunday December 28th, starting at 10.00 a.m. in Corravaddy Forest, Letterkenny. The event, called 'Rudolph's Day in the Forest' is a family walk/jog in aid of 'Self Help Africa' and 3 route options are available to participants- 3 mile, 5 mile and 9 mile.
It was with great sadness that the club heard of the untimely death, on Saturday, of club stalwart, Neil Cullen. Neil travelled to athletic events at County, Provincial and National level. He was a National official and a time keeper at National Juveniles. Neil dealt with all the entries and organised all the transport and accommodation for the club. He was at the track on Tuesdays and Thursdays with his notebook recording times. He looked after new athletes and was always looking to spot new talent. He was instrumental in starting Sports Hall Athletics in Letterkenny. He travelled to Birmingham with the Ulster team, which always included LAC athletes. He was recognised by English Athletics just a few years ago, for his immense contribution in Birmingham. Neil was very recently recognised by LAC, at the juvenile awards in Arena 7, where he was presented with an award in recognition of all his work with Letterkenny Athletic Club. Neil retired from his 'day job' as a Psychiatric Nurse several years ago and devoted much of his added free time to the club. Neil Cullen will be sorely missed by all who knew him. May he Rest in Peace.
Letterkenny Athletic Club would like to thank local media outlets for providing a forum in their publications for the club to publicise its achievements and activities, during the past year.
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