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Gladys First in North West XC

City of Derry Spartans hosted the latest round of the of the Athletics NI Winter Cross Country League.
All is still to play for in the league and Harriers sent as very strong squard to pick up as many points as possible.
Gladys Ganiel O’Neill was the clear winner in the ladies race; coming home in a time of 21:38, a full minute ahead of Letterkenny’s Fionnuala Diver.
Patricia O’Hagan completed in podium spots in a time of 22:54. Gladys was accompanied in the ladies race by Roisin Hughes (24:28) and Paula Wallace (28:27).

The home supporters in Gransha park had something to cheer about when Declan Reed from City of Derry AC was first across the line in the gentleman’s race.
Dave Morwood from Annadale wasn’t far behind in 19:07 and Scott Rankin from Foyle Valley was 3rd in 19:24.

Connor McGill was first harrier home in 6th (19:37) with Alan O’Hara right behind in 7th (19:42).
Adam Boyd and Tommy Hughes (1st in VM50 category) were the next pair home in 17th and 18th respectively (20:15 & 20:27)
Edward Cooke was all on his own in 25th (20:54). Simon Reeve was 42nd (22:00) and Eoin McQuillan 45th (22:18)
Travis Todd and Laurance Johnston finished together with the same time, 22:37, 50th & 51st; how nice.
Paul Jenkins covered the 6km course 23:13 for 69th. Finishing in quick succession were Lance Breen in 80th (23:39), 83th James Wallace (23:40), 87th Joe Norney (23:44)
Robert Irwine 104th (24:18), Gerry Gibbon 111st (24:38), Greg McClure 117th (24:53), John Murphy 130th (25:35), and Martin Cox 157th (26:38).


Waterworks was pleasantly mild on Saturday. Brendan Grew was first harrier home but was pipped into second for a change by Phil Wood in a time of 17:48.
Gerry Gribbon made the top 10, 19:29 was good enough for 8th in a warm up before Derry.
Sean McShane was just inside the 20 minute mark (19:58) to finish 11th.
Tony McCambridge was not far behind at all in 12th (20:02), another Derry bound runner Greg McClure 14th (20:07), and Mark Shields 15th 20:10
Kilian Woods was 20th in a PB of 20:50, 7 seconds ahead of John Murphy in 21st (20:57).
Mannix McAlister was 25th (21:41) in his 61st parkrun.
No new PB for Mr. PB Jack Carberry in 33rd (22:12) who was paced by Lance Breen in 34th (22:13).
John Johnston got a new personal best time of 22:45 in 37th while Patrick McClure was 49th (23:36).
Jason Reid eeked away at his time with a PB of 23:41 in 51st.
Eamon Sheridan was 73rd (25:39), a place and second ahead of John O’Hare in 74th
Piaras McShane was 96th (29:22) and Aaron McCann 119th (34:16)

Drew Crawford was at Victoria park finishing 87th (27:25).
Connor McQuillan had a great run at Ecos, just pipped into second with a PB of 17:56
At Falls park Jim Clinton was 25th (39:09)
Paul Williams tried out Queens parkrun for the first time, finishing 25th (22:38)