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Milford AC News

Milford AC 3km Handicap

The club will hold its annual 3km club handicap road race on Monday 28th December, starting at 1pm.  Registration is from 11:45am in the clubhouse.  Start is at Bernard Nash’s house on the Milford Road, and follows the usual 5km route finishing at the council offices.

  The handicap race was a traditional Christmas type of event that incorporates a bit of fun into the still competitive side.  The weaker runner get a head start on the faster runner, based on current or near past form.  The optimal result is to have everyone finish together or nearly together, and that’s where the fun element comes in as there can be much lamenting of the handicapper, before the start or even more so at the finish!

  The first six across the line receive prizes with spot prizes on offer to many others in raffle form.  Refreshments and presentation in the Travellers Inn, Milford afterwards.

Other events over the festive period

The Annual Finn Valley AC 5km takes place on Boxing Day starting at 12pm.  The original Boxing Day run still takes place in Cranford, although now held in cross country form in the Cranford Park, and not the traditional road 4 miles, as in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

  The New Year’s Day Run/Walk in aid of Crumlin Hospital will take place as usual in Downings starting at 12pm from the “Singing Pub”.  The Atlantic Drive route is almost 13km, and is a good way to refresh body and mind with the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean after the New Year’s Eve celebrations!

Club Training

There will be no juvenile club training until the schools re-open in the New Year.

There will be no senior group training on Thursday 24th (Christmas Eve).  There will be no senior group training on Sunday 27th as the 3km handicap is on Monday 28th.  Training will continue on Tuesday 29th (hill session).  No group training on Thursday, New Year’s Eve as many are doing the Atlantic Drive (13km run) on New Year’s Day.  Training will resume as normal on Sunday 3rd January.

Couch to 5km

The 2016 couch to 5km programme will start on Monday 18th January at 7:30pm.  Further detail in the New Year.

Festive Greeting

The club extends thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 the most successful to date, and extends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and hopefully we can build on the past success for the Olympic Year of 2016.

Milford Athletic Club News

National Juvenile Championships Milford’s Corey Lee McConigley and many other athletes and supporters from the county braved the difficult weather conditions of last weekend, making the long journey to Dungarvan, Co. Waterford for the National Uneven Age

Competing in his first All-Ireland Cross Country event the teak tough and determined Corey Lee McConigley was in action early in the day competing in the U-11 boy’s race, representing both his club and county.

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  In the large field he battled strongly to finish 79th overall from 161 finishers in muddy conditions, over the 1500mts distance.  This wraps up a great 2015 season in cross country where Corey started in September with a 5th place finish in the Primary School qualifiers in Milford.  4th in the County Club Championships in Carndonagh, and 5th in the corresponding race at Finn Valley.  A great race in Lifford saw him finish 4th in the primary schools finals, in u-11 boys, and 20th in the Ulster’s Championships 3 weeks ago at Finn Valley.  The club acknowledge the efforts of his parents in driving to the event and his coach Josephine McConigley for her effort, in preparing him for the race.  The county u-11 boys’ team finished 5th overall on Sunday led home by Cranford’s Max Roarty in 17th place. 

  The club extend congratulations to other county athletes on excellent performances, Finn Valley’s Hannah Murray 2nd in the u-11 girls, Aoife McGrath Finn valley 6th u-15 girls, Jack Holian L.A.C., 14th u-13 boys.  Oisin Kelly Cranford 15th u-13 boys.  Letterkenny bronze team medalists u-13 boys, and Donal Farren, L.A.C. 15th in the u-17 boys race.  Well done to all.  Next National Cross Country is the National ‘B’ and Cross Country Relay Championships in Dublin on 9th January.

Winter Woolie Warmer 5km

Milford AC had 9 athletes compete in last Thursday’s nights “Winter Woolie Warmer 5km” in Letterkenny.  On a cold late night start the club had 2 athletes set a pb.  Gerard Marley broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time running 19:58.  Eoin Fogarty did likewise, getting under 23:20 for the first time running 23:16.

  Paul Russell was lead runner finishing 7th overall in 17:41.  Damien McBride 18:30, Daniel Cullen LAC 19:40, Gerard Marley 19:58, David Connors 20:53, Daniel Hewitt 20:55, Eoin Fogarty 23:16, Trisha Nulty paced Bridget Friel in her first 5km after an injury lay off to 31:47.

J.J. Reid Movember 3k

Three club athletes ran on Tuesday nights J.J. Reid sponsored Movember 3km in Letterkenny.  Another pb from Gerard Marley finishing in 11:34, Josie Lawlor 15:20 and Bridget Friel 18:33.

Turkey Trot

This Sunday the Annual L.A.C. turkey Trot takes place in Letterkenny, starting at 11:30am.  Registration at the Aura Leisure Centre.  Ten nearest predicted times wins a turkey.

Transition Year Couch to 5km

The club are running a Couch to 5km with the transition year students in Loreto Community School.  The club acknowledge the help of Transition Year Co-ordinator Mr. Adrian Doherty.  The programme started on Tuesday, and will run for 8 weeks.  The aim of the programme is to promote health and fitness, and giving budding athletes an introduction to running.

Milford AC News

This weekend Donegal athletes make the long journey to Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, for the All Ireland Uneven Juvenile Age Groups and Novice Ladies and Men’s Championships.

  The uneven age groups starts at under eleven and progresses to under seventeen.  Milford AC have a sole representative on the u-11 boys’ team, where local lad, Corey Lee McConigley, was selected on the County Team.  The diminutive Milford native has put in some tremendous performances over the ‘Country’ in the past 2 months, finishing in the top 5 in all the county club and primary schools races, and placing 20th in the recent Ulster Championships.  The club extend him best wishes on Sunday.

Dates for the Diary

The road scene is relatively quiet at present, but a flurry of activity around Christmas, traditionally starts with the Letterkenny AC Turkey Trot.  The famous ‘predict your time’ race will take place on Sunday 13th December, starting at 11:30am.  The ten correct or nearest predictions wins a turkey.

  On Thursday 10th December the Cross Country Relay Trials for the Donegal u-12 and 14 teams (boys and girls) will take place at Finn Valley AC starting at 7:20pm. 

  The All Ireland Cross Country Relays will take place on the 9th January at the Alsaa Complex in Dublin.  The same day as the All Ireland ‘B’ Cross Country Championships.  U-12 is for children born in 2004/2005 and u-14 is for children born in 2002/2003.

  Thursday 10th March the Ulster Sportshall Finals take place in Magherafelt.  The UK Sportshall Finals take place in Manchester on the 16th/17th April.

Club 3km Handicap

The club 3km handicap will go ahead this year again, taking place on Monday 28th December at 1.00pm.  The inaugural event last year proved a success, both for club runners and for runners from further afield.  All welcome, entry fee €5.00

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Milford GAA Notes 25.11.15

*AGM*
Our AGM will take place on Sunday 6th of December at 5pm in the Clubhouse. Anyone with any interest in the running of the club is asked to attend


*U14/U16 Girls Trip to Diblin*
Our U14 and U16 Girls teams made the trip to Dublin on Saturday to plat a friendly against Ballymun. Afterwards the teams attended the International Rules match against Australia. Thank you to everyone who helped out on a great trip.

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*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 6-8-18-22. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Jim Diamond, Aidan McHugh, and Ciaran McHugh. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,460. Don't forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2015 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford AC News 25.11.15

Last Sunday’s National Juvenile and Senior Cross Country Championships held in a sunny Santry Demense, Dublin, proved one of the most successful events staged nationally in many a year.

  The idea to move the inter clubs senior race pre-Christmas, proved a winner, with big numbers in all races, big support on the side-lines, and the cream of Irish distance running out in force particularly in the senior men’s and ladies events.

  The competition was very intense throughout the various even age groups through to senior level.  Milford AC extends congratulations to local athletes competing for various clubs who performed very well at this high level.  To young Kilmacrennan lad, Oisin Kelly, running with Cranford AC finishing 12th overall in the boys u-12 race.  Letterkenny’s Gemma McFadden 12th in the u-14 girls.  Fanad girl, Karen Gallagher, running for Finn Valley, 14th in the u-16 girl’s race, and Donal Farren, Letterkenny, 10th in the u-18 boy’s race.

  In the senior men’s race, Gary Murray, husband of Mulroy College P.E. teacher Evelyn Crampsie, finished an excellent 14th in a very competitive race, 3rd scorer on the Clonliffe Harriers team, who won the team title by one point from Leevale AC.

  Clonliffe Harriers and Santry is the spiritual home of middle/long distance running in Ireland and the club had many local athletes compete in the famous black singlet over the years, notably Paddy Marley, Hugo Duggan, Danny McDaid, Liam Marley, Frankie McDaid, etc.

  While the numbers competing in Donegal are at an all-time high, Sunday’s races, particularly the junior and senior races prove the point that,- the quality athletes from the county are in ever increasing decline!

Club Tops

Club ‘quarter zip’ tops are now available in various sizes from x/s to large.  Club hats with logo also available.  Many have been pre-ordered.  Contact James Gibbons.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club athlete Barry Browne and family on the recent death of his grandmother, Isobel.  May she rest in peace.

Couch to 5km

Many are making enquiries about the next couch to 5km programme.  It is hoped to get started in early to mid-January 2016, weather permitting, full details later.

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