first_imgFormer international athlete and RTE pundit, Jerry Kieran, will perform the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track on Saturday afternoon at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.Kiernan is a former Irish team mate of Danny’s who has run under four minutes for the mile, has a personal best of 2:12:20 for the marathon and was winner of the Dublin City Marathon in 1982 and 1992. He was also a club mate of Donegal’s double Olympian when the pair ran with Clonliffe Harriers when they were based in Dublin.A top class track and international track and field event has been organised to mark the occasion by Letterkenny Athletic Club. Looking ahead to the eagerly anticipated sporting spectacle, which is expected to attract a huge crowd, Danny said he’s excited about the event.“I met with the club chairman, Brendan McDaid, last July and that was the first time we tried to put a programme in place for the opening of the track. We certainly never envisaged that we would end up staging such a major event. To have secured 120 top class athletes for Saturday’s meeting is a great achievement,” Danny said.Letterkenny Athletic Club Chairman, Brendan McDaid, explained that the event is very much aimed at families.“We have received great support from the business people of the town and without their generosity, the event could not have been pulled together. We are appealing to as many people as possible to come along and enjoy what will be a great family day. We also hope it will be a day we can all look back on with pride and satisfaction. With that in mind, admission for adults is only five euro, with children being admitted free. We have also put together a souvenir programme which will be on sale at a cost of four euro,” he said. The chairman added: “We’ve hung or hat on the sub four minute challenge – we have two Kenyan athletes coming and we are confident they, along with a few Irish runners, will run under four minutes for the mile. We have the likes of Conor Bradley from City of Derry who has a personal best of 4:02, while our own track specialists of Darren Mooney, Ruairi Finnegan and Danny Mooney will also be in the field.“While the sub-four minute mile challenge will be the highlight, there will be a lot of top quality races and field events during the evening which will give the crowd a rare opportunity to see talented athletes up close.”Among the big names confirmed for the event are European cross country champion, Fionnuala Britton, top European 400 metre runner, Brian Gregan and multi-eventer, Kelly Proper, who claimed three national titles at the Irish indoor championships in Athlone earlier this year.Local athletes who will be mixing it with the best include national triple jump champion, Mary McLoone of Tir Conaill AC, Finn Valley shot putter, John Kelly and Letterkenny AC’s Kieran Doherty.The big weekend of athletics gets underway on Friday evening with a five mile road race taking place at 7.30 pm. Registrations will be taken from 6.30 pm. Proceedings commence on Saturday afternoon at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track with a juvenile programme from 3 pm to 4 pm. The first senior event will be the one hour race at 4.15 pm, with the official opening of the track scheduled for 5.30 pm. This will be followed by a top quality programme which will conclude around 7.45 pm. Letterkenny AC’s 40th anniversary function will be held in the Station House Hotel after the meet, with the meal being served at 9 pm. Tickets are priced 20 euro and can be obtained from any committee member. MC for the night of reflection and chat will be Highland Radio’s Charlie Collins.RTE PUNDIT KIERNAN TO OPEN DANNY MCDAID ATHLETICS TRACK was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Danny McDaid AThletics TrackJerry Kiernanlast_img