Duhal­low AC look ahead to New­mar­ket 5k road race clas­sic

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TARRANT

JUST a week to go for the Duhal­low AC 5K Clas­sic Road Race host­ing in New­mar­ket on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 with a 1pm start.

Tra­di­tion­ally oneof the top races in the endof year cal­en­dar, or­gan­is­ers are hope­ful of the stag­ing re­tain­ing its pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for par­tic­i­pants from across North Cork and be­yond.

The win­ner of the 2018 event will re­ceive the Jer Mur­phy Per­pet­ual Cup, Duhal­low AC Chair­man Donie Shine spoke of the pop­u­lar event that’s now be en­hanced by a cov­eted sil­ver­ware with the ex­pec­ta­tions of big num­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“The New­mar­ket Road race is now renowned as one of the big at­trac­tions just ahead of Christ­mas. Its very much a com­pact race, out the Rockchapel road and re­turn­ing over the same route makes it ap­peal­ing”, said Donie.

One of the high pro­file road races in the South West re­gion, apart from the in­di­vid­ual prizes, there are five team cat­e­gories that’s at­trac­tive to clubs.

Pre­ceed­ing the big race is a walk from 12 noon and the word from or­gan­is­ers is for par­tic­i­pants to ar­rive in am­ple time and sign on at Sa­fari Night Club.

One of the favourites for the ladies cat­e­gory in the Duhal­low show­piece Michelle Finn from Castle­mag­ner who along with her Lee­vale col­league Lizzie Lee who fig­ured on the Ir­ish team for the Euro­pean Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Slo­vakia last sea­son.

On­line en­try cost­ing €10 closes on this Sun­day.

Mean­while the Duhal­low AC pro­moted Three Coun­ties Road Run con­tin­ued at Mount Collins and the 4km dis­tance at­tracted an ex­cel­lent en­try. Tak­ing vic­tory was the con­sis­tent De­clan Guina with So­phie Moroney emerg­ing best in the ladies.

The re­sults were 1. De­clan Guina 14:56; 2. Tim Long 15:24; 3. John Cahill 16.04; 4. Aaron O’Ke­effe 16.07; 5. So­phie Moroney 17:15; 6. Dan Joe Guiney 17:24.

Photo by John Tarrant

Sli­abh Luachra Gaels U12 Foot­ball League win­ners in Rebel Óg North Cork pic­tured in the com­pany of Tom Den­nehy, Rebel Óg, North Cork at the pre­sen­ta­tion of medals in Mallow.

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