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Monday 21 April 2014

Race a fitting tribute to Alec

NORTH East Runner and Harp AC team up to host the Alec Fennell Road Race this Friday evening June in memory of one of the club's founder members. Due to unavailability of the Carrick Road fields, this year's race is on the roads over a 5km distance on traffic free route at the Old Newry Road cul-de-sac at Red Cow.

Pre-entry is advised as there is a limit of 200. Registration can be made with Jim Gonnelly, or at registration night on Thursday at the Lisdoo Bar between 7.30-9.00pm. Race numbers and timing chips can be collected here also so as to free up officials for race night. Numbers need to be collected on race night by 7pm at the latest.

Thanks to very generous sponsorship from Cullen Auto Parts on the Coes Road the entry fee is a very reasonable €5. Children races will begin at 7pm over 300 metres in two groups up to 11 and then 12+. Age on the day rules apply, however there is no entry fee for these races.

Mint Jewellers have kindly sponsored the main prize with BREO watches the first for man and woman across the line. Country Fresh have kindly sponsored the after race fruit.

Last weekend saw the club attending the Dunshaughlin 10km road race where once again some new personal best times were recorded. Roche Emmetts Chairman Simon Allen continues to make huge improvements with a time of 36.08 mins to claim most improved athlete of the year so far, with Niall Halpin close behind in 36.05 mins.

However, the big surprise was 59 year old Brian Lynch who finished second in the over 55 section in a time of 35.36 mins. Stephen Mulholland led the club home in 34.28 mins with a tremendous battle thereafter with Maurice McMahon and Gerry O'Connell, who were separated by just one second in times of 34.50 and 34.51. Gerry won the over 50 age group section.

Jim Gonnelly was 4th in the over 45 age group in 34.54 mins, while George Shields was 36.38 mins for 74th place in this high class event with Colin Mullen 99th in 37.51mins, Ronan Carey 39mins, Gerry Kenny 40.07mins, and Michael Hayes dipping under 50 minutes for the first time having been paced all the way by Chris Carroll in 47.56mins.

Group training continues on Tuesdays, at St Helena's Park, 6.15pm for beginners and 7pm for experienced athletes.

Club fees are €25 per calendar year, payable to Michael Jordan or Jim Gonnelly. Full fixture list on the club's Facebook page.

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