Monday, October 23, 2017

Captains race series finale

A large crowd from Duleek AC made the short trip to neighbouring Ratoath for the Ratoath AC 5k road race. The event was also notable as being the final instalment in the captain’s race series, a series which has ebbed and flowed throughout the year. And so with the final points on offer it is no surprise that a number of club athletes saved their best performances until for the last race. Club captain Alan McKeown gave a captains performance in being the first person home for the club in a time of 20 minutes and 40 seconds. Michael Clifford ran a great race and eclipsed the 27 minute marker. Other who flew the flag for the clubs male athletes were Ziad Chammas, Ruairi Nestor and Graham Byrne. The ladies were not found wanting either with Olive Reilly finishing just over the 30 minute marker for a new personal best. Lorraine Noone, Joanne Deasy, Leon Halligan and Karen Creed were others who bettered their previous outings over the short distance. With the page now closed on a massively successful captain’s series it is a case of adding the points and announcing the results with the prize giving for the series amalgamated into the club’s annual awards night. The series has seen some very large race attendances and continues to etch itself into the social fabric of the club. The previous evening in Dromiskin the clubs most consistent athletes this year, Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin flew the club flag at another local race as they put in great performances in the Dromiskin 5k.

The Dara Fitzpatrick run took place in Waterford to commemorate the tragic death earlier this year of Dara Fitzpatrick in the Irish Coast Guard rescue 116 crash. If ever there was a case of running being given an overall context and perspective then this was it and it was no surprise that a massive crowd turned out for the event. As ever, Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin represented the club in this event and continue to represent the club with distinction, near and far on a weekly basis. Much closer to home the hilltop local village of Bellewstown made for a fitting climax to the East of Ireland race series.  Susan Gleeson jumped from third place at the bottom of the closing hill to first place at the top of it to take a memorable victory in the ladies 10 mile race. In the 20 mile event endurance stalwarts Derek Reilly and Eric Devine both performed well to finish narrowly outside the placings in 4th and 5th place respectively.

The local theme was carried through the weekend with a number of club athletes taking place in he Boyne AC 4 mile road race in Drogheda. Sandra Cassin and Anne Hamilton demonstrated no sign of fatigue from their exertions in Waterford a few days previously, with Sandra taking second place in her category.  Orla Hillman and Louise Hanrahan both made a return to racing action and put in strong performance.

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