DDAC athletes have a ‘Great’ day out in the Phoenix Park
A strong crew of Drogheda & Diostrict AC members travelled to the Phoenix Park last Sunday to take part in the Great Ireland 5k and 10k road races.
In the 5k event Mary Toner ran well to win her category prize when running 26.16 for the distance. Siobhan Redmond ran 25.24 and was DDAC’s first finisher.
In the longer 10k race, Brian Martin raced round the course in a fast 34.35 to finish in 60th place. Ruaidhri Nolan was 144th with a time of 37.20.
The ladies were out in force for this event and first home was Nuala Reilly in a fine 44.16. Laura Roche was second finisher in 45.31 with Yvonne McMahon next in 47.24. Also running well were Andrea McArdle 49.36 and Edel Victory 53.06.
Closer to home, with over 900 runners taking part in last Saturday’s Patsy Kelly 5k road race which was held in Dundalk, DDAC athletes were really up against some strong opposition.
Nevertheless there were some fine individual performances on the night, none more so than Stephen Floyd who ran a sparkling new pb time of 18.44 on his way to finishing in 38th place.
Also running well was Roger Tegert who ran 20.05 for 85th place. He’ll crack the 20 minute mark soon.
First DDAC finisher was the Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin who finished 12th in a speedy 17.16, with Paddy Murphy 48th in 19.01.
Club captain Jane Glynn played her part when finishing first of the female contingent in 23.38. Next in was Helen Dillon just 14 seconds further back in 23.52. Others who ran well were Ciara Byrne, Sharon Finn and Zoe Shannon.
Meanwhile, in Raheny Mary Leech won last Saturday’s BHAA Women’s 2-mile race in a time of 11.15.
This is two-in-a-row for Mary as she won last year’s event, but her time was a full 13 seconds faster than her winning time last year. Nuala Reilly ran well to win her category in 13.27.
In the Men’s 4-mile race, Jim Nolan had a solid run to finish 62nd in 28.12.
A week previously Ciara O’Reilly and Shane Larkin both won their races at the recent Glen Emmet’s 5k Road Race in Tullyallen, while the Couch 2 5k crew took part in their first 5k event.
When it comes to club athletics there’s not much that can compete with a Mile Trial selection race for excitement.
With much coveted places being sought for the upcoming National Road Relays at stake, pre race nerves were in abundance.
Once the gun went, there really was no hiding place and the next five minutes or less were all about who could handle the hurt when it really mattered.
Making sure they made the Men’s O35 team were David Walsh 4.44, Kieran McGrath 4.45 and Brian Martin 5.02.
In a real cracker of a race, Mary Leech made the Ladies O35 team with her run of 5.24, with Pamela Howard 5.28 and Yasmin Canning 5.36 also making the team.
The O50 Men’s team are Danny Skeffington 5.03, Gerry O’Connor 5.32 and Martin Duffy 5.44.
The ladies O35 team are Barbara Byrne, Yvonne McMahon and Sinead Weldon.
Nuala Reilly, Mary McDonnell and Angela Campbell make up the Ladies O50 team.
There were some fine performances by DDAC Juvenile athletes at last week’s Meath Schools Track Championships held in Navan.
Cormac Canning won the Intermediate Boys 1500m against some good quality athletes.
In the senior 800m James Nolan was third.
Sam O’Neill placed 4th and Robert Caffrey 5th in the senior 1500m.
Elswhere Gerry Mullins ran his 30th Marathon in Brighton last Sunday. Mullins completed the rather hilly course on what turned out to be a very warm day in a creditable 3.46.53.
Artur Kuwik decided to test himself at last week’s Rome Marathon and ran a fine 3.26.58 for the distance despite the heat on the day.
In the Rotterdam Marathon, Michelle and Fran Egan both ran 3.55.17 for the classic distance and finished with no real distress.
Taking part in the recent Berlin Half Marathon were twenty three DDAC members. This very popular race which is run on a pancake flat course is where the current world best time was set two years ago.
Best of the DDAC ladies was Nuala Reilly who placed second in her category with a fine 1.40.58, with Sinead Weldon running 1.51.19.
Bryan Harvey ran a solid 1.30.23 with Thomas Farrelly close behind in 1.32.01.
Others who ran well were Frank McCarthy who celebrated his 60th birthday by running 1.45.35 for the distance and Mike Staunton who ran 1.54.10.