Thursday, January 18, 2018

King Billy

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

The green vests of Duleek AC were prominent in another action packed weekend of road racing.The weekend’s events began in Carlingford for the annual Michael Fearon and Kevin Marron 5k road race. The race, which attracts a very high calibre field, was hosted by Glenmore AC. It was a flat and fast course which was borne out by the winning time of 14 mins and 45 seconds. An impressive field of 430 runners took to the start line for the event. Duleek were well represented on the night with Peter Hearty is returning to his best form over the shorter distances and ran an excellent time of 17 mins and 5 seconds, which was narrowly outside his personal best. Cathy Cawley is also getting her racing legs back with an equally impressive performance which brought her is just under the 23 minute mark.

From Carlingford proceedings moved on to Dublin for the rock and roll weekend with the city became awash with music and runners. First up was the 5k event on Saturday with Ann Byrne,  Patricia McGlone  and Laura Donohoe banging the drum for Duleek AC. Ann came home in an impressive 32 mins and 45 seconds, Patricia McGlone in 30 mins and 33 seconds and the club was lead home by Laura in a time of 28 mins and 47 seconds. The stage was then cleared for the main event of the weekend which was the Rock and Roll half marathon which was also the national half marathon championships. A field in excess of 13,000 went to post for this ever popular event with the music en route adding to the atmosphere as the race slalomed and meandered its way through the city centre.  First home for Duleek AC was Derek Reilly who continues to blaze a trail through his personal bests in a time of 1 hour and 33 minutes. Ray Cassin is another having a fine season and ran an excellent 1 hour and 41 mins and was followed closely by Eric Devine in 1 hour and 43 minutes.  Paddy Lennon is another having a fantastic season and this continued as he arrived in just under the 1 hour 50 milestone. Laura Donohoe followed up her 5k efforts with her second race in 24 hours. There were plenty of other impressive performances from the clubs members with Deborah O’Sullivan finishing in 2 hours and 3 minutes, Anne Hamilton continuing to show versatility over the shorter and longer distances finishing in 2 hours and 14 mins and the equally impressive Celena Tierney who finished in 2 hours and 20 mins. However, there was no doubting the performance of the day as Billy McCormack completed his first half marathon for the club. Billy is a recent addition to the club and earlier this year, completed the clubs inaugural Couch to 5k programme.  Since the completion of the programme Billy has built on this base and has gone from strength to strength this year, completing a variety of races over varying distances.

With lots or action on the roads and track preparations are continuing behind the scenes for the Indaver Duleek 10k on 14th August. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie.  This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It will have all the features that previous participants have come to know and love with pacers, goodie bags in addition to some of the best post race hospitality you will find anywhere. There will be kiddie’s races on the day with medals for all children. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Indaver Duleek10’.

Fingal 10k

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

There was a sea of green vests on show at the recent Fingal 10k road race in Swords. The race marked the second of five races in the Dublin race series which culminates in the Dublin city marathon in late October. In addition, the race was the second outing in the inaugural Duleek AC captains league. This league, which is open to all Duleek ac club members has generated great banter and camaraderie amongst the clubs members. Both of these factors comibined contributed to the large turnout of 38 Duleek ac athletes who took to the road on the day. The race took part on a rolling course which started and finished in Sword village. It attracted a high calibre field as in excess of 3,000 runners took part. It was won in a very impressive time by Mick Clohissey in one of his last domestic races before he joins the Irish Olympic team which will depart for Rio over the coming days.

There were some equally impressive performances from the Duleek ac contingent. Amy Devine is having a great year and she completed her first ever 10k road race, which is a great achievement. Peter Hearty was first home for the club and is edging back to his best form clocking an impressive time of 36 mins and 47 seconds. Fran Power also ran a very consistent race coming home well clear of the 40 min mark in a time of 39 mins and 34 seconds. There were PBs for both Eric Devine and Kevin Durkin, both of whom have shown some very consistent form this season.  Paddy Lennon is having a fantastic season and his good form shows no sign of abating as he clocked an impressive PB of 46 mins and 43 seconds. Club chairman Declan Foran also got in on the act with a new best of 49 mins and 2 seconds. The clubs female members were not to be outdone and Lorraine Noone followed up her recent East of Ireland marathon win with another strong performance as she led the clubs ladies home, followed closely by Lisa Chambard, Sarah McKenna and Aishling Scully.

With lots or action on the roads and track preparations are continuing behind the scenes for the Indaver Duleek 10k on 14th August. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie.  This years race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It will have all the features that previous participants have come to know and love with pacers, goodie bags in addition to some of the best post race hospitality you will find anywhere. There will be kiddies races on the day with medals for all children. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Indaver Duleek10’.

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Healthy internal rivalry

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

Another eventful and profitable season for the Juvenile athletes of Duleek and District AC was rounded off in fine style at the recent Juvenile championship and fun evening held at the Lourdes stadium, Drogheda. Over the course of the Juvenile track and field season that has ticked all the required boxes there have been some very notable achievements, not to mention memorable evenings. Foremost among these was the club maintaining their position from 2015 and taking the silver medal in their division of the Meath Track and Field league. Participation rates have increased in both Juvenile athletics and little athletics. In addition, a number of the clubs juvenile members reached podium positions at the recent Meath championships.

The evening was very much a celebration of this with some fun and surprises thrown in. The inclement Irish summer abated and provided perfect conditions for the evening programme of events. There were running and throwing events for all age groups from tiny tots through to under 14. The excitement was tangible throughout all events and the intrinsic happiness from sporting participation that all children get was also very evident. Whilst there were medals presented for placings in each event the emphasis was on participation and not placings and each child who participated left with a medal. The club would also like to acknowledge the fantastic work done by its coaches, all of which is on a voluntary basis. Both the athletes and the coaches now take a well earned summer break and both the Juvenile athletics and little athletics programmes will resume in September.

The scenic southern town of Killarney also proved to be a happy hunting ground for two of the clubs adult members recently as Derek Sheridan and Anita Carolan took on, and mastered the Killarney half marathon.  In humid conditions and on one of the most scenic courses to be found anywhere both Derek and Anita clocked very impressive times with Anita coming home in 2 hours and 4 minutes and Derek who completed the event for the second successive year dipping under the 2 hour mark with a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

From Killarney all attention turned to the coastal village of Bettystown for the B5 5 mile road race. There was an added incentive this year for Duleek ac members as this race marked the commencement of the inaugural captain’s league. The league, which will be carried out over 5 local upcoming road races has generated lots of banter and healthy internal rivalry within the club and has given a fresh impetus to these upcoming races as the hunt for PBs and team points intensifies. The was a large contributory factor in the large turnout of 33 club athletes who took part in the event in very humid conditions and on roads that are familiar to many of the clubs members. Maria Nestor made an excellent return to racing and she was ably assisted to a healthy points tally by her team mates Rachel Gorman, Sarah McKenna and Graham Byrne. Orla Crosby is having a great debit season in the clubs colours and her fellow team members Eric Devine, Lisa Chambard, Karen O’Sullivan and Ken Gorman were all marked present and correct and were the only team on the night which had its full complement of athletes on the road. Billy McCormack is also revelling in his debut season and continues to g from strength to strength. There were further excellent performances from Alan McKeown, Declan Foran and Susan Walsh.

With lots or action on the roads and track preparations are continuing behind the scenes for the Indaver Duleek 10k on 14th August. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Duleek_AC

Podiums and placings

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

A winter and spring programme of intensive training has been paying dividends for the adult members of Duleek and District athletic club recently. Over the past two weeks there have been a number of podium finishes and placings for some of the clubs members. First up was the Kilbride GFC 10k road race. The race took place on a fast course on the by roads of east meath and this was reflected in the finishing times of all athletes. Duleek were represented by Ray Cassin who recently completed the Donadea 100k race. Ray proved that what he has gained in endurance has not compromised his speed as he put in a great performance on the night to take home third place in his category. This excellent form was carried on by John Wall who is steadily improving his times over the 10k distance with an equally impressive 47.38.

The action moved eastwards as the serene hilltop village of Bellewstown was awoken as the East of Ireland bandwagon rolled into town. In a new fixture on the local road running calendar this was the inaugural event in Bellewstown. There were 4 races on the day involving a tough and undulating five mile loop around Bellewstown and there was strong representation from Duleek and District ac in all races. First up was the five mile road race and there was double success in this event for the club with Peter Hearty showing a return to his best form to take the mens race and a welcome return to action for Cathy Cawley who stormed home to take the prize for first female home. Orla Crosby and Amanda Duff both ran great races on one of the most testing five mile events around.

With a successful first race of the day completed in was on to the 10 mile event. There was a great performance from Billy McCormack who was making his debut over the distance. Billy has gone from strength to strength since joining the clubs Couch to 5k programme in January. Also in the ten mile event there were impressive efforts from Maria Ludlow, Sarah McKenna and Rachel Gorman.

The 15 mile event was no less challenging and a number of the clubs members incorporated this race into their Dublin city marathon training schedule. On the evidence of this some PBs are likely to tumble on the last Sunday in October. There were strong performances from Aishling Duff, Susan Gleeson, Eric Devine, Amanda Noone and Anita Carolan. The marathon was the last event on a hectic schedule but it proved to be action packed. In a strong field Derek Reilly, who is becoming well accustomed to the distance ran an exceptionally strong race to finish in a time of 3 hours and 27 minutes. However, one of the performances of the day was surely that of Lorraine Noone, who in only her second ever sojourn over the 26.2 mile distance powered home to take first place in the ladies marathon.

With lots or action on the roads and track preparations are continuing behind the scenes for the Indaver Duleek 10k on 14th August. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Duleek_AC

Exciting Finale

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

There was an exciting conclusion to the Meath Track and field league in Claremont Stadium Navan last Wednesday night. At the start of the evening Duleek and District AC lay in the silver medal position in their division. With a number of major clubs breathing down their necks it would require a strong evening’s work to maintain the position. Proceeding began with the Under 9 division and the boy’s team of Erik Ludlow, Kenny Killeen, Sean Kerley, Evan Hoey and Jack Maxwell gave their all in both the 250m and ball throw. Soracha Bell ran and threw her way to some valuable points for her club in the girls under 9 events.  There was some fast and furious action in the under 10 age category where the events on the night were the 60m sprint and long jump. Luke Cooney competed strongly for the boys and he was aided and abetted by his female colleagues in the same age category as Naoise Donnelly, Ruby Hartford, Doireann Power and Megan O’Connor earned some more valuable league points for the club. Aoife Rohan gave an exhibition of front running in the under 11 girls 250m as she led the race from gun to tape holding off a strong challenge in the closing stages for a great victory.  The evening’s action was rounded off by the adult events and David Doyle took second place in the men’s 3,000m. With all events complete the final league tables meant that Duleek had maintained the silver medal in their division and matched last year’s performance.

June is a particularly busy period for the clubs juvenile’s a number of whom recently represented Duleek at the finals of the Meath community games held locally in Cushinstown. Competion was intense as the athletes, who had qualified to reach this stage lined up against the counties best. There were great performances in a variety of disciplines from Aoife Rohan, Nessa Rohan, Ruby Hartford and Megan O’Connor. The day was also notable for a great display of courage shown by Jack Maxwell who kept going to the very end despite enduring a nasty fall.

With the club having been well represented by its juveniles the baton was handed to the clubs adults who were also out in force over the past week. First up was the Drogheda and District midsummer 5k which is a local favourite. In conditions, that reflected the title of the race seven Duleek athletes represented the club in a field of over 500 runners. It was a challenging 5k course and also an excellently organised event by neighbouring club Drogheda and District AC. Orla Hillman but in another excellent performance. Orla Crosby and Amanda Duff both ran great races and continue to go from strength to strength.  There was also great running from Liz Carolan, Sinead Donnelly and Gary Donnelly.  There was an early start on Saturday morning for the Navan park run in Blackwater park. The three loop circuit continues to grow in popularity with numbers increasing each week. Duleek athlete Peter Hearty recently took second place at the event and this time went one better by winning the race. On a tough and challenging course Peter pulled clear on the final lap to record one of the fastest ever winning times in the event which bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Later on that evening all roads lead to Dunshauglin for the annual Michael Manning 10k road race. The race, which is the oldest 10k road race in the country, continues to attract a top calibre field from all corners of Ireland.  The course is noted as being one of the fastest on the circuit and numerous road runners have the race earmarked from very early on in the season. Duleek sent a strong team to the race and there were lots of wonderful performances. Kevin Durkin showed no signs of fatigue from his recent Iron man, coming home in a time of 44 mins and 12 seconds. Paddy Lennon is having a great season and recorded another PB in a time of 47 mins and 41 seconds. Stephen Burke ran a storming race in his debut 10k for the club, recording a time of 48 mins and 42 seconds.  First lady home for the club was Lorraine Noone eclipsing the 50m mark with a time of 49 mins and 13 seconds. Lorraine was followed closely by Sarah McKenna and Amanda Noone.  Anne Hamilton recorded another PB and continues to edge close to 50 minutes and Anita Lenehan ran an equally impressive race.

With lots or action on the roads and track preparations are continuing behind the scenes for the Indaver Duleek 10k on 14th August. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Duleek_AC

Donadea 50k and 100k

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

The deciduous plantation that is Donadea Forest Park nestled in north Co Kildare has become a happy hunting ground for Duleek AC athletes. This trend was continued in spectacular fashion last week by two of the clubs long distance specialists. Donadea forest park hosted a 50k and 100k event with Derek Reilly representing the club in the 50k event and Ray Cassin lining up at the start of the 100k. The meteoric rise of Derek Reilly shows no signs of abating as he put in another excellent performance. In humid conditions, Derek ran a very consistent race to win the 50k event and in doing so improved on his previous time from the national 50k championships by over 15 minutes. In the 100k event Ray Cassin showed true grit and determination to put in another sparkling performance.

On bank holiday Monday a large female contingent from the club took to the streets of Dublin for the ever popular women’s mini marathon. The 10k event which makes its way through the centre of Dublin continues to grow in size and status this year and this year saw a record field of over 35,000 take to the start line making it the largest all women’s event of its type in the world.  The Duleek ladies teamed up with the Smile for Ryan crew and to help raise much needed funds for the Smile for Ryan campaign. Featuring for Duleek AC on the day was Maria Nestor, Anne Hamilton, Aishling Duff, Susan Walsh, Laura Donohoe, Sandra Cassin, Liz Carolan and Maria Ludlow. The season continues to pick up pace as the races are coming think and fast and next up was the Braveheart 5k hosted by Trim Athletic club. The race which takes place in the porchfields adjacent to the historic site of Trim castle. On ground made famous by Hugh de Lacy and immortalised by Mel Gibson there were strong performances by Duleek athletes on the night. First home for the club was Lorraine Noone who clocked another impressive 5k performance, with Lorraine followed closely across the line by Sarah McKenna and Gigi Cassin.

On the same weekend a large club contingent headed northbound up the M1 for the annual Glenmore AC 10 mile road race. The race is always a popular event with the clubs athletes as it marks the commencement of the clubs marathon training programme. A journey that started with a scenic, if undulating road race in the Cooley Mountains will culminate in Merrion square, Dublin 2 on the afternoon of Sunday 30th October. Paddy Lennon followed up on an excellent PB in the Limerick half marathon with another very strong performance and impressive time of 1 hour 25 mins on the day. Paddy was followed closely home by John Wall, Shane Reid and Sean Cassin. First home for the ladies was Lisa Chambard who is having an excellent season with strong performances on a testing course from Susan Walsh, Laura Donohoe, Rachel Gorman and Susan Gleeson. Sandra and Sean Cassin showed no signs of fatigue as they took to the start line of the Irish Runner 5 mile road race in the Phoenix park less than 24 hours later. There were also excellent performances from Barbara Lenehan and Sinead Donnelly. There was also a monumental performance in the East of Ireland marathon in Balbriggan by Eric Devine who broke the 4 hour barrier at the first time of asking with quite a bit to spare arriving home in an extremely impressive time of 3 hours and 49 minutes.

It was also a busy off road week for the club as the launch of the annual Indaver Duleek 10 road race was held. The race, which will be held on Sunday 14th August is in its fourth year and this year’s race will possess all of the features that runners who have previously ran the race have become accustomed to. It is a lovely 10k route, which will have pacers, children’s races, technical t-shirts not to mention generous goodie bags and even more generous post race refreshments. Once again Indaver have come on board as the anchor sponsor of the race and a percentage of the race proceeds will go towards the smile for Ryan campaign, which the people of Duleek have taken to their hearts. Registration for the event is now open and you can register online at www.Duleekac.ie. You can also find all the information you require on this page. For further update you can also follow us on Facebook ‘Indaver Duleek 10k road race’ or on Twitter ‘@Duleek_AC

Iron Man

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

It was another frantic week of action in multiple locations and in multiple disciplines for the adult and Juvenile members of Duleek AC. Firstly, it was off to the sunny volcanic island of Lanzarote where there was a game of number combinations at play. A 3.8k swim, followed by a 180km cycle and a 42km combined to make the Iron man total of 226km as the bucket list of club athlete Kevin Durkin got 1 shorter. The Club La Santa Lanzarote Ironman triathlon is one of the most physically gruelling events on the circuit and to successfully complete this event is a massive achievement.  The crosswinds and undulating landscape of the island make the cycling leg particularly tricky. Over the last 11 months Kevin has carried out a rigourous training programme to ensure he was in peak physical condition for the event. What makes Kevins achievement all the more remarkable was that it was his first attempt at the discipline, completing it without the safety net that comes with prior experience.

Conditions on the day were a balmy 24 degrees so from early on hydration was key to performance. The event started off with a two lap ocean swim of just under 4km which Kevin completed in 1 hour 24 mins. The cycling leg is typically the leg that separates the wheat from the chaff with a strong headwind for the first 110km and a net elevation of 2,500m. This is where Kevins reaped the benefits of his intensive training, which comprised 18 hours per week at its peak, as he found his climbing legs and completed the cycle in 7 hours and 47 mins. With two of the three legs out of the way there was the small matter of a marathon standing between Kevin and his goal. The marathon was split into 3 laps, one of 21k and 2 10.5k laps. With lots of family support in Lanzarote and his every movement tracked online by his fellow club members in Duleek ac Kevin completed the marathon in a time of 4 hours and 34 mins. Everyone in Duleek Ac would like to congratulate Kevin on his wonderful achievement.

From Lanzarote it was closer to home and the streets of the capital city for the annual Virgin media night run. The relative darkness was illuminated by the large field, of just over 5,000 runners who took part. The opportunity to run unimpeded through the cities most famous streets, and via its most historic landmarks ensure the race is always a popular one with the centenary year celebrations adding to the popularity. Among the fieldd there were 5 Duleek athletes and there were some great performances on the night as Laura Donohoe, Daire McDevitt, Anne Hamilton, Barbara Lenehan and Sinead Donnelly all ran great races.  Next up, the action drew closer to home for the annual Star of the Sea 5k road race in Stamullen. The race is always a popular event with the clubs athletes and it is not difficult to see why. The race typifies everything that is positive about the local road running scene. It is well organised, draws a big crowd, contains a great atmosphere with some tasty post race refreshments. This years event proved to be no different. To kick off proceedings a number of the clubs juvenile athletes took part with Myles Killeen, Sophie Foran, Keeva Donnelly, Jack Maxwell, Kenny Rohan, Sam Donohoe and Sarah Maxwell all giving it their all in the juvenile races.

With the juvenile events smoothly run off all eyes turned to the main event of the evening the adult 5k road race. Duleek AC as always, was well represented in the race with a total of 12 athletes taking part. First home for the club was Derek Reilly, who in addition to possessing great speed has the added strong to his bow of being able to seamlessly alternate between distances as he finished in a time of 19 mins and 41 seconds with Stephen McKee following closely behind. Sarah McKenna who is also having a fine season brought home the ladies team in an impressive time of 24 mins and 7 seconds with Amanda Noone following closely behind. The race was also notable for the excellent performances and strong running from some of the clubs newer members such as Orla Crosby, Sandra Loughran and Amanda Duff.

From there it was on to Round 4 of the Meath Track and Field League with an impressive showing from the clubs juvenile contingent. Tadhg Dixon ran a very strong race in coming home 3rd in the boys under 12 600m in a highly competitive field. Cormac Victory ran a great race in the same event. In addition, Chloe Dunnion put in an outstanding performance in the Under 12 Shot Putt, participating in the discipline for the very first time. Soracha Bell, Isabella Field and Nessa Rohan gave their all in the under 9 60m and ball throw. Not to be outdone the boys under 9 team of Eric Ludlow, Kenny Killeen, Jack Maxwell and Harry Meehan also ran and their way to a healthy points tally for their club. The girls under 10 team of Meghan Sheridan, Naoise Donnelly, Ruby Hartford, Ciara McRoary and Meagan O’Connor were no less impressive. Jake Meehan put in an excellent showing in the boys under 11 ball throw and 300m and the girls under 11 team of Sophie Quinn and Aoife Rohan proved to be equally adept over the same distances.  The adult event on the night was the 800m with David Doyle taking fourth place in this event. The club are poised to take an excellent position with one round of events remaining in the league.

Navan has become a happy hunting ground for club members and this trend continued on Saturday morning with the Navan park run. It is an undulating and challenging course over 3 laps of blackwater park. However, like all of the park runs it is growing in popularity all the time. Those who attended on Saturday were treated to a grandstand finish in the mens race with Peter Hearty running a fantastic race to come home second in an excellent time of 17 mins and 49 seconds. From the local setting of Navan events moved across the water to the musical and cultural city of Liverpool for the Rock and Roll half and full marathon.  Duleeks own fab 4 of Sandra Cassin, Ray Cassin, Sean Cassin and John Wall took the stage (streets) for the event. Sandra and Sean took on the half marathon with Sean making a welcome return to the distance. Marathon stalwarts Ray and John tackled the full marathon. On a weekend where a certain Mr Springsteen was in town they made their way through the badlands, the darkness on the edge of town en route to proving that they were born to run. Sandra and Sean made it home in 2 hours and 12 mins and Ray Cassin putting in an excellent performance to complete the full in 3 hours and 57 mins.

Attention then switched back to a more local venue and it was off to balmy Bohermeen for the annual Patrick Bell 5k event.  In the peak of the afternoon sunshine the race set off. There was a large and high quality field on show as the flat course and post race barbeque meaning that it is one of the most popular races on the circuit. One of the clubs juvenile athletes Tadgh Dixon showed his versatility as having completed the 600m earlier in the week he also completed the 5k distance within the same week. In the same race David Doyle came home in a time of 18 mins and 55 seconds.

Home Rule

Duleek and District Athletic Club

The opportunity to display your talents on your own doorstep is one which is welcomed by every athlete. And so it proved recently for the Juvenile athletes who took part in the recent Community games event in Duleek. This local event, in which athletes to go forward and represent Duleek at the Meath community games were selected from saw some great excitement and competition in all of the events. There was a clean sweep from Duleek in the boys under 6 60m with Kierin Ludlow, Sean Irvine and Daithi Walsh respectively taking the first 3 places. The excitement of the children was matched by the pride of the parents and coaches.  In the girls under 6 60m sprint Aoibhe Bell put in a great performance. Next up was the Under 8 events and it was fast and furious as the two events on the menu were 60m and 80m sprints. The extra 20m in distance proved no obstacle to Holly Dunnion as she took an excellent silver medal in both. Nessa Rohan also showed great form as she took the gold medal in the 80m and third place in the 60m with Chloe Ryan giving her all to take an excellent 4th place in both events. There were also great performances from Keeva Donnelly, Daisy Burke, Sophie Foran and Soracha Bell.

In the under 10 category there were 100m and 200m. Ruby Hartford showed great ability in taking first place in both events with her fellow Duleek AC athletes Megan O’Connor, Megan Sheridan and Naoise Donnelly following closely behind.  It was a busy night for the under 12 athletes with 100m, 600m and ball throw on offer. All of the Duleek athletes showed great versatility and an ability to slot, almost effortlessly from discipline to discipline. Leah Martin took not one, but two excellent medals in both the 100m and 600m and an impressive 4th place in the ball throw. Chloe Dunnion put in an equally impressive nights work as she took home bronze medals in all three disciplines.  Aoife Rohan powered home to take a well deserved silver in the 100m and went one better in the ball throw taking first place. As a result of the evenings action a number of Duleek ac athletes have now been selected to go forward and represent their village in the upcoming Meath community games in Cushinstown.

The action didn’t end there for the clubs Juvenile athletes as after a number of dedicated training sessions the club had 3 teams competing in the Meath track and field relay championships. There are few events in track and field that provide the colour and excitement of the relays and there are few areas as frenetic as the baton changeover areas. The club had 2 girls teams in the under 10 4 x 100m relays. Naoise Donnelly, Saoirse Dixon, Nicole Hoey and Sophie Quinn ran their hearts out and finished narrowly outside the medals. Doireann Power, Megan O’Connor, Ruby Hartford and Ciara McCroary took home the bronze medals in the same event. The under 9 boy’s team of Jack Maxwell, Sean Curley, Kenny Killeen and Harry Meehan took to the track to display their talents and all did their club proud. Next up for the clubs Juvenile’s are the remaining rounds of the Meath track and field league where the club are well placed in addition to the upcoming Leinster championships and community games finals.

The baton was then handed over to the clubs adults and they all took the respective baton and ran with it.  Navan has proved a happy hunting ground for the club and so it continued as Cathy Cawley returned to racing with a bang, taking an impressive 6th lady home in the recent Navan park run in Blackwater park.  Fran Power and David Doyle were the clubs representatives at the Bob Heffernan 5k in Johnstownbridge hosted by Na Fianna AC. The weather broke kindly for the event with the heavy showers clearing to make way for ideal conditions. It was a fast, flat course which meandered in and out of counties Meath and Kildare and attracted and excellent calibre of the region’s top road runners. Fran Power finished in an impressive time of 18 mins and 50 seconds with David Doyle finishing in 19 mins and 3 seconds.

Busy Week

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

Another choc a block week of action ensued for Duleek ac as club members tested themselves over a variety of distances ranging from two miles up to marathons distance. First off in Navan where a sizeable club contingent attended the annual Simon Cumber 6km road race. The fine weather and near perfect racing conditions in addition to some excellent PR work by the host club ensured that a record crowd turned out for the race. The race which as ever was excellently organised also provided the athletes with a fast, flat course. This was reflected in the finishing times and there were some excellent postings by Duleek AC club members. First home for the club was Lisa Chambard who is having a tremendous season to date coming in a time of 27 mins and 39 seconds which is a new personal best over the distance. Shortly behind her was Sarah McKenna who continues to go from strength to strength with the ever improving Anne Hamilton and Susan Walsh following closely behind. There was a welcome return to racing for Sean Cassin, with Celena Tierney also clocking a great time. Orla Crosby put in a great performance and is having a very impressive debut season.

From Navan the show moved on to Clontarf as the East of Ireland bandwagon rolled into town for the latest instalment in its marathon series.  In the balmy conditions there were great showings from marathon stalwarts Ray Cassin and John Wall as they both put another impressive performance over the 26.2 mile distance under their belts. Elsewhere in Santry the 125th running of Irelands oldest road race took place with the annual Clonliffe AC 2 mile event. Mother nature will rarely have frowned so unfaovourably on the race since its inception. In wretched conditions David Doyle came home in a time of 11mins and 49 seconds.

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