Thursday, January 18, 2018

Longwood 5k

A storming performance by Duleek athlete Peter Hearty ensured the club was represented on the podium at the Longwood 5k on Sunday last. The south Meath village of Longwood was awash with athletes warming up, cooling down, pacing, racing and spectating as the village hosted its annual 5k and 10k road races. The permits for both races were granted by Trim athletic club and it is hard to think of a rural area in Meath more conducive to hosting these events as Longwood. The worst of storm Brian had subsided and conditions improved considerably throughout the morning as both races commences almost simultaneously. Duleek ACs interest in proceedings was centred around the 5k as two of the clubs athletes; Peter Hearty and David Doyle were taking part.

The 5k started with a village loop before taking on a more rural twist out of the village. It was no surprise that St Coca’s AC athlete Kevin Kelly pulled clear from early on with Andrew Nevin from Mullingar Harriers in hot pursuit. As the race wore on Kelly’s class told as he hammered home his early advantage to take the title in an impressive 15.33. The race for the placings hotted up as it wore on with Peter Hearty making inroads and almost catching Nevin. Nevin held on for second place with hearty taking an excellent third in 17.50. Further on down the field David Doyle took fifth place.

A week previous,  Elizabeth Lee took on racing off the off road variety with an excellent performance in the Laragh 10k. In a race that cleared the Derrybawn ridge and brought the athletes bumping, hopping and careering down to the finish. It was a race that demonstrated both amazing scenery and also the range of running events available in Irish running at present. Elizabeth showed great strength all through to clock a fantastic time.

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