Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An Exhausting August

 

A fast and furious race at the top end of the field saw an extremely exciting finish to this year’s Indaver Duleek 10k road race. The fifth annual running of the race saw entries of over 300 athletes and the course record broken not once, but three times by the first 3 males across the finish line. The race was won in a time of 31 minutes and 12 seconds by Freddy Sittuk of Raheny AC who narrowly pipped Colin Maher of Ballyfin AC with previous winner Gary O’Hanlon in third place. Last year’s winner Brian McCluskey took a strong fourth place. The ladies race was won by local athlete Nicola Bull of the Star of the Sea club with Bohermeen athletes Andrea McGuinnes and Olivia Martin taking second and third place respectively.  There were lots of category prizes throughout the various age groups on the day. The over 50 price categories went to local athletes and clubs with Dolores Kelly of Balbriggan AC taking the female prize and Patrick O’Grady from Drogheda and District AC taking the male prize. The ever popular Nuala Reilly took the female over 60 category with a smashing performance with John Cullen taking the male prize. A solitary point was all that separated the Drogheda and District AC ladies team of Yasmin Canning, Michelle Hughes and Nula Reilly from Bohermeen AC. It turned out to be a very productive day for the red vests of Drogheda with Patrick O’Grady, Stephen Kelly and Brian Martin taking the male team prize from Brothers Pearse in second place. The ever popular race continues to grow year on year and has cemented its standing in a very busy road running calendar.

In addition to hosting events Duleek AC have been very active on the roads in recent weeks. In the Clogherhead Seaside 10k Greg Dixon came home in just over 40 mins in very testing conditions. The clubs two most regular racers, Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin can be very pleased with their efforts both clocking in at 59 mins. A massive 42 club members basked in the sunshine as the annual Rock and Roll half marathon rolled into town for the Dublin instalment of the event. As with any of the city centre races the crowds and intermittent bands along the course contributed to a fantastic atmosphere in the 13.1 mile event. There were some very notable performances from Duleek AC with numerous athletes reaching the half marathon distance for the first time. Chief amongst these were Dawn Heeney, Olivia Woods, Amanda Duff, Tara Devine and Orla Crosby with Olive Wall providing some excellent pacing. Ziad Chammas put in a very intensive couple of months training and ran an excellent time of 1 hour and 47 minutes. Fran Power clocked an impressive 1 hour and 35 minutes and proved he is as adept over the longer distances as the short. Karen Creed picked up where she left off in the Indaver 10k with another impressive performance. Darragh Scully continues to go from strength to strength with Celena Tierney also running a great race.

Endurance running and distance events present athletes with an ongoing dilemma on whether to obey the mind and body or overrule it. Club member Ray Cassin undertook the 100 mile challenge in Connemara having gone through months of intensive training in preparation for the event. A dawn start in Clifden was followed by the athletes making their way towards Letterfrack. With some hydration and food intake at Inagh valley Ray made his way towards the 28 mile mark in exactly 6 hours with the challenge fully on plan. From their onwards, the discomfort started and continued. Ray bravely fought through this for a further 47 miles until mile 75 where it simply was not possible to continue. However, every cloud has a silver lining and despite having to call it a day earlier than planned the challenge raised a significant amount of much needed funds for two local charities – Meals on wheels and Duleek Active Retirement. 

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