DONEGAL ATHLETICS IS on the rise, with eight new county records confirmed this year.
The Donegal Athletics Board’s Tom Thompson was keeping an eye on the numbers over the last few months.
“As the county get more coaches qualified and better equipment and infrastructure at club level this has only increased the desire of our younger athletes to want to represent their country and for our senior athletes to try and keep ahead of the chasing pack which in turn leads to our county records changing on a yearly basis,” he said.
“We have had someone from Donegal at every international competition this year should it have been competing or managing a team which is a great testament to our county.
“So once again plenty of new records and to put it in perspective over the last three years there has been 23 new County records and with our younger athletes competing near and far hopefully we will see a lot more.”
This year we have eight new county records which are as follows
BRENDAN BOYCE; Brendan (pictured above) went to the Worlds and got two new PB’s this year with the walks in the 10,000m (41 minutes 16.25 seconds) and the 50 km (3 hour 48 minutes 55 seconds).
JOHN KELLY; John had another great season with the shot and his new county record now stands at 15.97 metres.
DEMPSEY Mc GUIGAN; Dempsey has went from strength to strength and has thrown the hammer out to 66.90 metres.
JANINE BOYLE; Janine had a great season and her new county record of 11.92 seconds for the 100 metres puts her among the best in the country.
KATE McGOWAN; Kate has been knocking on the door for the last couple of years and it shows that hard work and dedication pays off and her new 400, Hurdle record is 60.67 seconds.
MARY McLOONE; Mary showed again what a fine athlete she is with her new triple-jump record of 12.81 metres in Bilbao earlier on this year.
NAOIMH McGRANAGHAN; Naoimh got her new hammer record of 38.37 metres at the National League this year.