Indaver Duleek 10k 2016

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Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

There was a momentous day in Duleek last Sunday for the annual Indaver Duleek 10k road race. The race has now become an annual fixture and one of the most eagerly anticipated road races on the Meath circuit. This year proved no different as the race attracted some of the region’s top road runners from many clubs dotted throughout the north east and beyond. From early in the morning the atmosphere built at the race headquarters at Duleek GAA grounds. The excitement was tangible as the runners began to arrive. The grounds were awash with the typical hustle and bustle of race morning as bags were dropped off, numbers were picked up, pleasantries were exchanged and warm up routines were completed.  At 11am anticipation reached fever pitch as after months of detailed planning and preparation the 4th running of the race got underway as the 350 participants set off.

Conditions were humid but ideal in temperatures of 16c as the race made its way out the Kenstown road for approximately 2k, before turning right at Mullaghfin. This took the athletes on a meandering journey for a further 3km before turning right on to the Downstown road which brought the athletes back via the outskirts of Duleek to the race HQ. Overall, whilst the race contained some undulating sections athletes enjoyed being put through their paces on a challenging, but always interesting course. At the head of the field the race was hard fought but it was Brian McCloskey from North East Runners who prevailed and took home the prestigious first prize in a very impressive time of 32 mins and 38 seconds. In doing so, Brian came tantalisingly close to also taking home the prize on offer for breaking the club record. Brian was closely followed home by Simon Ryan from Raheny Shamrocks who proved that Duleek is a happy stomping ground for him, having earlier in the year taken both the Mount Hanover 5k and Duleek National Schools 5k road races. In third place and with an equally impressive time was Turlough Conway from Rathfarnham. The ladies race was equally hard fought with Sonia Andrade from the Training Rey club proving a worthy winner in a time of 38 mins and 11 seconds. Sonia was followed closely home by Alison Kirwan from the Star of the Laune club with Olivia Martin from Bohermeen taking third place.  

With the colours of many clubs present and visible it was the Black and white of North East Runners that narrowly pipped the red of Drogheda and District to take the male team prize.  The female team prize went to a very strong Drogheda and District team with Balbriggan AC taking an excellent second place. Amongst the Duleek athletes there were some great performances on the day. First home for the club was Peter Hearty in a new PB of 36 mins and 12 seconds. Fran Power ran a great race to comfortably clear the 40 minute mark with 39.30. Derek Reilly broke the sub 40 barrier for the first time with a time of 39 mins and 51 seconds.  Eric Devine continues to go from strength to strength and romped home in a time of 42 mins and 53 seconds with Ray Cassin running a smashing PB of 43.50. Stephen Burke is improving all the time and added a time of 47.39 to some recent impressive performances. First lady home for the club was Susan Gleeson in a time of 49.18 followed closely by Aishling Scully and Amanda Noone. Orla Hillman was another who put in a great performance. Amy Devine followed up her Fingal 10k with another strong showing and Amanda Duff, Dawn Heeney and Martina Burke all ran great races.

As the dust settled on the adult road race for another year the shrieks of excitement were audible to all as the kid’s races proved to be a major success. Children across various age groups displayed their talents over the 60m course with medals and goodie bags presented to all children who took part.