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Paul Cranston was rid­ing in his 39th Tan­dragee 100 meet­ing on Satur­day. At 58, the Dun­gan­non man has be­come the pa­tri­arch of the Ir­ish road racing pad­dock – and he is adamant there’s no stop­ping him.

“Con Law, Conor Mcginn and Joey Dun­lop were in the race that first year I came here,” he re­calls. “Joey had bro­ken his col­lar­bone at Aghad­owey a week or two be­fore and he was all strapped up.”

Cranston has raced against all of the greats of the sport in Ire­land over the past four decades. Per­haps his great­est claim to fame was his vic­tory in the 500cc race on a Yamaha at the 1982 Ul­ster Grand Prix. He can still spin great tales about en­coun­ters with Ray Mc­cul­lough, Joey and Robert Dun­lop, Wil­liam and Michael Dun­lop, Phillip Mc­callen, Ryan Far­quhar and vis­i­tors like John Mcguin­ness and Ian Hutchin­son.

Racing an ageing Honda CBR600 at the Co Ar­magh event, Cranston fin­ished tenth ahead of ri­vals more than a third of his age and is still chas­ing suc­cess.

“When the flag drops I still want to go,” he smiled. “I don’t al­ways pre­pare as well as I should and then when I get a good run like to­day I wish I had pre­pared a lot bet­ter.”

You wouldn’t bet against him mak­ing it 40 vis­its

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