Thursday, January 24, 2019

All Systems go

Duleek and District Athletic Club


Another frantic week of action for Duleek AC was the order of the day as it was all systems go for both adult and juvenile sections of the club. First up was Round 2 of the Meath Track and Field league in Navan where there was a great turnout from the clubs Juvenile’s.  The events for the night were 300m, Long Jump, High Jump and Ball Throw for Under 9s to Under 13. The Duleek contingent acquitted themselves brilliantly and sprinted, sprang and threw to earn healthy points accumulation for the club. These points are invaluable and count towards the clubs overall standings. There were lots of great performances amongst the girls from Aoife Rohan, Megan O’Connor, Nicole Hoey, Ruby Hartford, Doireann Power, Naoise Donnelly and Ciara McRoary. Not to be outdone the boys also shone brightly on the night and putting in strong performances were Jack Maxwell, Kenny Killeen, Jake Meehan and Harry Meehan. The action didn’t end there either as the club was well represented in the adult 1,500m race by Fran Power and David Doyle who took second and third place respectively.  There is a big week in store for the Juvenile’s of Duleek AC with the commencement of the Meath Track and Field championships.

The club had a sole representative in the Limerick half marathon in the shape of Paddy Lennon but this proved to be no barrier to success as Paddy ran a strong race coming home in an excellent time of 1 hour and 52 mins. This was a personal best for Paddy and an achievement he can be very proud of. The weeks action finished up locally in Drogheda for the Boyne 10k. As ever, Drogheda was pounding to the beat of the samba drums in a race that provides an atmosphere that few others can rival. The race, which is staple diet to the clubs adult road runners, was as usual well attended by the club and the steps of St Peters were clad in a sea of green singlet’s prior to the start. A record breaking 43 athletes from the club participated in the race and there were a host of highlights both from the clubs more experienced and also newer members. First home for the club was Derek Reilly followed closely by Eric Devine, Stephen McKee and Ray Cassin. For the ladies Lisa Chambard ran a smashing race and continues to improve with every outing and she was closely followed by Lorraine Noone, Amanda Noone and Sarah McKenna.

It was also a seminal day for many of the clubs newer members, who having recently come through the Couch to 5k programme have reset their goals and continue to go from strength to strength.  One such athlete is Marion Hayden who made light of the tough and blustery conditions to finish a very impressive ninth in her category.  There were also great performances from Orla Crosby, Olive Wall and Richard Cheevers. Susan Durnin made a welcome return to competition after an injury layoff and there were also strong performances from Liz Carolan, Naomi Walsh, Maria Ludlow and Daire McDevitt. 


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