Purple Reign

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Duleek and District Athletic Club


The past week saw another frantic week of action across the adult and juvenile sections of Duleek and District AC. First up were the Juveniles of the club who were busy fine tuning preparations for the remaining rounds of the Meath track and field league and also the upcoming Meath track and field championships. A short trip to Cushinstown was the order of the day to compete in the annual Cushinstown ac sports day. As always, an excellent event was laid on by the host club. There were lots of excellent performances on the day from the little green vests as the efforts being put in at training are starting to reap rewards.  Keeva Donnelly and Rian Power won 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the tiny tot’s race. Nessa Rohan and Saoirse Power ran their hearts out in a very competitive under 8s race. Jack Maxwell put in a powerful performance to come home in second place in the under 9 80m. At under 10 the club was represented in both the sprint relay and Turbo Javelin with the girl’s team of Naoise Donnelly, Ciara McRoary, Doireann Power, Ruby Hartford and Megan O’Connor taking silver in the relay and the club also taking gold in the Under 10 Turbo Javelin. After a great days athletics lots of tired but happy bodies made the short trip home.

From there it was on to Dundalk and the adults where the club was represented in the DKIT 10k. The circuit which is a fast, flat course which starts and finishes in the impressive DKIT campus attracted in excess of 700 athletes from the regions. Peter Hearty slowed down to help others speed up as he was one of the designated race pacers for the Sub 40 category.  Shane Reid is having an excellent season to date, running a series of PBs over the 5 and 10k distances and Shane carried through is excellent early season form with an impressive time of 46.15 bagging himself another PB in the process. There was also an excellent performance on the night from Ken Brady. From Dundalk, action moved southwards to the sleepy Co Meath village of Longwood. On Saturday the village was awoken as the East of Ireland bandwagon rolled into town for the latest instalment in the marathon series. There was a half marathon and full marathon on the menu. In the half, Amanda Noone ran a cracking race in humid conditions landing narrowly outside her PB and coming home in a time of 1 hour 55 mins. Ray Cassin clocked up another impressive marathon performance in the full marathon with an impressive time of 4 hours and 6 mins.  However, the performance of the day was that of Derek Reilly who can do no wrong this season. Derek smashed his marathon PB and came home in 4th place overall in a fantastic time of 3 hours and 17 mins.

Action then moved to Dublin’s city centre for the 5K 1916 Remembrance run. Once again, the green vests were prominent in a massive crowd along a historic route that bypassed many of the landmarks that helped to shape the 1916 rising. Gigi Cassin, Aishling Duff, Orla Hillman, Sandra Cassin, Anne Hamilton, Ray Cassin, Sean Cassin and John Wall all put in great performances. Whilst green may have been the colour in Dublin purple was certainly the colour in Duleek for the Duleek Cystic Fibrosis 10k. The annual race is a hugely popular event in the village. This year proved no different as walker, joggers and runners of all abilities took on and conquered the undulating and scenic route. There was a great atmosphere in the village and the crowds thronged on the village, clad in their purple race t-shirts for the after race barbeque. Lady luck smiled on the event as near perfect weather conditions ensured the day was a great success. In a somewhat fitting tribute the Prince favourite ‘Purple Rain’ belted out from the PA system. Whilst there may not have been rain in Duleek there was certainly a purple reign.