Slí Cualann shine at Le­in­ster 10-mile race

Wicklow People - - SPORT - Sports Reporter

SLÍ Cualann AC came away from the Bat­tle of Clon­tarf 10-Mile (Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship) Race with a record four­teen medals, eight in­di­vid­ual medals and six team medals. It’s the most suc­cess­ful 10 Mile road race for Slí Cualann AC.

Clive Quinn crossed the line in fourth place as part of a men’s over­all team ef­fort, along with Alan Dal­ton and Joe Caw­ley, that fin­ished in third place be­hind Tal­laght AC and Sportsworld RC.

The fe­male run­ners did even bet­ter, fin­ish­ing sec­ond to host club Ra­heny Sham­rocks AC. Cather­ine O’Connor fin­ished in the best time for the Wick­low club, cross­ing the line in fifth place, with her team­mates Carol Costello and Jean O’Kennedy be­hind her.

Wick­low Ath­let­ics Chair­man Bill Porter listed off the re­sults from a poor day for rac­ing, with the wet and windy weather con­di­tions not con­ducive to good run­ning on Easter Mon­day.

Clive Quinn ran a per­sonal best time and won a Le­in­ster bronze sil­ver medal. Joe Caw­ley came sec­ond in the Over 45 age group.

Cather­ine O’Connor’s fifth place fin­ish in the over­all ladies race was good enough for sec­ond in the Over 40s cat­e­gory and was a per­sonal best.

Eu­gene Do­herty and Billy Tyrrell romped home in the Over 60s, tak­ing gold and sil­ver re­spec­tively. Along with Porter him­self, the trio fin­ished fifth in the team event in that cat­e­gory.

Carol Costello was the sec­ond Sli Cualann woman and she fin­ished first in her age group. Not to be out­done, Jean O’Kennedy was the third woman home and won her age group.

Laura McCann came in next and she fin­ished fourth in her age group.

Fi­nally Wil­liam Bel­ton smashed his per­sonal best time by nine min­utes and was sec­ond in his age group of Over 65.

Also in ath­let­ics news, Bray RC mem­ber Ash­ling Smith picked up a team sil­ver medal at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Madrid at the end of March.

Smith took a fourth place in her age cat­e­gory at the Euro­pean Masters Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships (4,000 me­tres) while her team­mate Jackie Carthy won gold. That duo, along with their third team mem­ber Cather­ine Diver, were just de­feated in the team medal table by Spain.

Ear­lier in the month she fin­ished fifth in her age group in the In­door 3,000 me­tres at the Euro­pean Masters Cham­pi­onships.

The run­ners of Wick­low aren’t hang­ing up their spikes any­time soon, this Satur­day there is a char­ity race in aid of Tem­ple Street in Avondale. The marathon starts at 8am while the shorter dis­tance races start at 9am.

Later in the month the Wick­low Road Race Cham­pi­onships has a change of venue. It orig­i­nally was in Ash­ford but has now changed to the Bee­hive.

Slí Cualann re­sults at the Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onships:

Clive Quinn 00:55:54 (PB), Alan Dal­ton 00:59:24, Joe Caw­ley 00:59:27, Alan Duffy 01:00:15, Ray Kenny 01:00:49 (PB), Shane O’Connell 01:03:59, Cather­ine O’Connor 01:05:23 (PB), Eu­gene Do­herty 01:05:36, Billy Tyrell 01:06:17, Billy Porter 01:06:59, Carol Costello 01:14:32, Jean O’Kennedy 01:15:30, Marc Cole 01:16:02, Laura McCann 01:16:04, Mary Hayde 01:17:27, Bill Tyrrell 01:20:36, Wil­liam Bel­ton 01:21:51 (PB), Sharon Egan 01:31:54.

(Source: myrun­re­

Slí Cualann medal win­ners at the Le­in­ster 10-mile road race in Clon­tarf: (L-R) Wil­liam Bel­ton, Cyril Smyth, Carol Costello, Cather­ine O’Connor, Der­mot Bren­nan, Joe Caw­ley. Front: Alan Dal­ton, Chair­man Terry Ka­vanagh, Bill Porter.

The Slí Cualann men’s Se­nior team who came third Bill Porter, Wil­liam Bel­ton, Joe Caw­ley, and Alan Dal­ton.

Ir­ish Masters team mem­ber Ash­ling Smith from Slí Cualann AC with her sil­ver medal which she won in the Wom­ens over 40 team cross coun­try event, dur­ing the Euro­pean Masters In­door Track & Field Cham­pi­onships in Madrid.

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