North East Run­ners ex­cel in lo­cal races

The Argus - - SPORT -

NORTH East Run­ners took part in two ma­jor lo­cal races last week­end, ex­celling in both the Dromiskin 5k and MCI Marathon and Half Marathon.

Many mem­ber turned out in the black and white for the Dromiskin 5k to sup­port lo­cal ath­letic club, St. Peter’s, and in par­tic­u­lar their men­tor and fel­low North East Run­ner, Si­mon Allen.

This year was the fourth run­ning of the race that was or­gan­ised first by the com­mu­nity group Dromiskin Fit Club and more re­cently by St. Peter’s and lo­cal GAA club St. Joseph’s.

With a top class field (men’s win­ner Dar­ragh Greene crossed the line in 14:59 while ladies’ win­ner Michelle Finn won with a time of 16:45) it was a fan­tas­tic race for NER run­ners with mem­bers claim­ing both team prizes as well as some fine in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

Fresh from his PB in Carlingford 5k last month, Niall Fer­gus led the men’s team home fin­ish­ing 7th over­all in 16:42. Liam Fer­gus, Barry Mee­gan and Stephen Mull­hol­land fin­ished in the top 15 to beat Dun­leer AC to the team ti­tle. There were many strong in­di­vid­ual runs on this fast course – none more so than Colm Fer­gus who claimed third place in his age cat­e­gory.

The ladies team of Laura Mathews, Anita Bolton, Zara Nevin and Ber­nadette Muck­ian claimed the top spot beat­ing Drogheda & District by a com­fort­able mar­gin. The ef­fer­ves­cent Bolton stormed home in 21:37 to claim sec­ond place in her age cat­e­gory for good mea­sure.

On Sun­day morn­ing, marathon queen Co­lette O’Hagan or­gan­ised the sec­ond run­ning of the Marathon Club of Ire­land (MCI) Dun­dalk Half and Full Marathon. Fit­tingly, this year’s race was ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of two great North East Run­ners mem­bers, Joe Kirk and Andy Califf who sadly passed away in the last year.

A huge con­tin­gent turned out to test them­selves on this gru­elling course but also to show their re­spect for two gen­tle­men who left last­ing im­pres­sion on many in the club. There were wins on the half marathon course for two NERds with Mau­rice McMa­hon win­ning the men’s race and Laura Mathews tak­ing the ladies ti­tle.

Septem­ber con­tin­ues to be a busy month with many lo­cal races to choose from. This week the Fri­ary Girls NS host the sec­ond run­ning of their 5k race, while Black­rock AC host the Stephen Car­roll/Capt. Mark Dufffy 4 mile road race on the 22nd of Septem­ber. Fi­nally St. Vin­cent’s Se­condary School round the month off with their own 5k race on the 28th.

Laura Matthews in action for NER in the MCI Half Marathon.

Mau­rice McMa­hon in action at the MCI half marathon.

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