It was a busman’s holiday for Derry Track Club athletes at the GOAL Mile in St. Columb’s Park. Despite enjoying a deserved rest after a hard year, they turned out in their numbers to raise funds for the third world charity Click here for GOAL website.
Carmen Runner Michael Kerr made the journey down from Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone to spin around the park for the fastest road time.
The fastest track time went to another Tyrone-based athlete Tim Shiels with the Faster Pastor showing a clean pair of heels to the opposition.
Elaine Connor was the fastest woman but the seemingly tireless Lara Smailes impressed with several high energy efforts both on the road and the track.
Paralympic star Conor McIlveen was the busiest man of the day and must have run most, if not all, of the five heats. The Big Dawg never really could decide whether the clockwise or anti-clockwise route was the faster.
Finally, discretion being the greater part of valour, he withdrew to the coffee shop to ponder the matter further (and lick his wounds!)
Ben Mellon and Tom McLaughlin also put in a solid shift for the good cause that helps improve living conditions for thousands in the third world.
Lee Casey also made a guest appearance to churn out an impressive loop of the park. The well-known local GP is organising a second GOAL MILE from Sainsbury’s on Boxing Day (12:00 midday).
“They also serve who only stand and wait” and never more true as Cathal McLaughlin, David Mellon, Robert Bigger and Mal McCausland gave up their time to record and cajole in equal measure.