Huge Duleek turnout in

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

THE adults of Duleek and District AC were out in force this week­end in Clane, Dun­dalk and Rot­ter­dam as the road rac­ing sea­son moves swiftly into gear.

Dun­dalk saw the launch of the sec­ond run­ning of the cap­tain’s league at the Patsy Kelly 5k race. The in­au­gu­ral league in 2016 proved to be a huge suc­cess and tes­ta­ment to that is the par­tic­i­pa­tion rate for the 2017 league with 48 club mem­bers sign­ing up to the se­ries.

The se­ries will be car­ried out across a va­ri­ety of road races over the coming months. The par­tic­i­pants are split across 8 teams and each team is awarded points for its ath­letes run­ning per­sonal bests.

The league brings some great friendly ri­valry to pro­ceed­ings and is a con­stant source of ban­ter within the club. It was no sur­prise that an im­pres­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of 43 went to post for the first race in the se­ries. The Patsy Kelly 5k in Dun­dalk is known through­out the re­gion as be­ing one of the fastest cour­ses around. It has the added draw of be­ing one of the first evening races and as ever it at­tracted a large field of over 800 run­ners.

Duleek and District was well rep­re­sented with Derek Reilly run­ning an­other sen­sa­tional per­sonal best of 18.15 and in do­ing so tak­ing a minute and a half off his pre­vi­ous best. Robert Kier­ans clipped in just un­der the 21 min­utes and Paddy Len­non ran a mar­vel­lous PB of 21.25. Derek Sheri­dan, Gra­ham Byrne and Shane Reid both eclipsed both their pre­vi­ous bests over the dis­tance and the 22 minute marker. Ziad Cham­mas is im­prov­ing all the time and ran an im­pres­sive 22.10 with Dar­ragh Scully clock­ing 23.11 for the dis­tance. Lor­raine Noone picked up where she left off in 2016 with a 23.12 with Joanne Deasy not far be­hind her in 24.15. Eimear Hoey in one of her first races for the club ran an im­pres­sive time of 26.28. Caro­line Doyle broke the 30 minute marker for the first time with 29.47 as did Olivia Woods with 29.13 and there were also great per­for­mances on the night from Su­san Glee­son, Orla Hill­man, Ce­lena Tier­ney and Karen O’Sul­li­van.

At­ten­tion then switched to the port city of Rot­ter­dam in the Nether­lands where club ath­lete Peter Hearty took on the Rot­ter­dam marathon. Peter has over­come some early sea­son in­jury nig­gles to

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