Friday, June 05, 2020

Cross Country

A great performance from Evan Hoey got the month of October off to a great start for Duleek AC. Evan was competing in the Meath under 10 cross country championships and put in a very strong effort from start to finish of a lumpy course in Athboy. The field was very competitive and the standard was very high in the event and it was great to see the green of Duleek mixing it with clubs throughout the county. On the same weekend the clubs adults were out in force in numerous locations both home and abroad. There was a park run, bog run and a city run. Firstly, to the weekly Navan park run which continues to attract large numbers of new athletes to the sport. Peter Hearty made an impressive return to racing action by winning the event in an excellent time. Anne Hamilton made light of the tricky underfoot conditions at the Ardee 10k bog run and Sandra Cassin brought an international flavour to proceedings with a fine time in the Cologne half marathon.

A week later the pattern was repeated with a similarly hectic schedule of events. The club was once again well represented on the cross country circuit as the county uneven age and master’s championships took place in Stamullen. On one of the more testing cross country courses Nessa Rohan and Saoirse Power both placed in the top 10 in the girls under 9 race with Doireann Power and Ruby Hartford equally as impressive in the girls under 11 race. Fran Power and David Doyle rounded off the clubs involvement for the day running strongly in the Masters race. Paddy Ryan completed a Deutschland double for the club with an excellent run in the Munich marathon which finished in the iconic Olympic stadium. As always, Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin were out representing the club and this time it was in the local Meath Dublin border run in Ardcath where they were joined by Deborah O’Sullivan. Eric Devine, Steve Gallagher and Paddy Lennon are all building nicely towards the Dublin marathon at the end of the month and another rung on the ladder towards that event was successfully scaled with all three athletes running strong in the national ¾ marathon championships in Longwood, Co Meath. 


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