Wednesday, December 13, 2017

From New York to Navan

The past two weeks in Duleek and District AC have been notable for four excellent individual performances across three varying disciplines. Nicole Hoey competed for the club in the Meath Cross country league in Trim and put in a smashing performance in the girls under 11 race. After a brisk start Nicole steadily moved her way up through the field in a highly competitive and frenetic race to ensure a healthy finishing position and the opening cross country league points for the club. Later, on the same day Elizabeth Lee represented the club in the women’s senior 4k Cross country championships. As always, the field attracted the finest of cross country talent in the county and a highly competitive race ensued across the scenic porchfields venue in Trim with the castle providing a scenic and stunning backdrop. Elizabeth bettered here previous attempts over the distance finishing in a very creditable time of 19.34 over the undulating course.

With the dust settling on Dublin marathon 2017 Eric Devine packed his bags for the big apple to take part in the 2017 New York marathon. The short seven day turnaround from Dublin was always going to present a recovery challenge but the opportunity to take the sights and sounds of one of the most atmospheric races around was too good to pass up. With places in New York being limited and provided by ballot this was a once in a lifetime shot. Eric fully capitalised and showed no ill effects from his Dublin exertions by running a fantastic 3 hours and 34 minutes. This feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that the earlier miles are very frenetic and clustered with the large volume of athletes taking some time to thin out. This rounds off a massively impressive year of PBs for Eric.

In more local surroundings Peter Hearty made the short trip to one of his local happy hunting grounds to take part in the Navan parkrun. The local event continues to grow in popularity and despite being a tough workout and course it provides a valuable barometer on training progress. Peter finished second in the event in a competitive race with one of his fastest ever times over the course finishing in 17.51. From the evidence of this outing the graph is clearly trending upwards as preparations for the London marathon 2018 begin in earnest.

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