DDAC ath­letes have a ‘Great’ day out in the Phoenix Park

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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