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Thursday 2 October 2014

Red dominant colour on Drogheda streets

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:28

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ON the eve of St Patrick's Day many famous landmarks were temporarily switched to a shade of green as the world prepared to celebrate the patriot saint of Ireland.

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ON the eve of St Patrick's Day many famous landmarks were temporarily switched to a shade of green as the world prepared to celebrate the patriot saint of Ireland.

But on Sunday afternoon in the historic town of Drogheda, the dominant colour was red as many Drogheda & District club members took advantage of a 5K race on home turf.

Paul Smith was the first man home in the St Vincent De Paul 5k and Michelle Hughes was the first lady home for the club. Ciara O'Reilly and David Gough both ran with the family and Darren Maguire was glad of the chance to get a bit of speed in the legs after coming back from injury.

Mary Lindsay is getting stronger with race experience as she crossed the line in 24:13, just four seconds behind Siobhan Shortt who was out to test her speed on Sunday as opposed to endurance after she smashed the Bohermeen Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago.

Weeks of grafting during the club training sessions is also paying off for Jane Glynn who came in with a time of 24:29.

Edel Smith was full of support for her husband Paul to get back into the racing scene again as the vest hadn't got an airing in over a year, and the couple ran the race together, so there was no chance of a break until the finish line which they crossed in 27:13.

The 5K in Dundalk a few weeks ago didn't put off Sandy Maher or Mary Flanagan as both ladies were out in force and ready for action on the racing scene again, while Ged Kenny has his second-ever race under his belt and is running from strength to strength these days.

Those members who didn't have a sore head following the rugby celebrations took advantage of the MSB 5km early-morning race on Sunday in Dublin, where first home for the club was Patrick O'Grady in 16:10 and Mary Mc Greehan was the first lady in 20:09. The O'Gradys are keeping it in the family as the club watches Kate O'Grady come through as an athlete in her own right.

Liam Farrell used the race on home ground to warm up before the Balbriggan Half Marathon on Monday. David Campbell was in flying form in a time of 17:24 and Nuala Reilly got a good fast-paced warm-up in before rushing home to race the SVP 5K as well.

A reminder that the Boyne 10K is still open for registration which you can do online at http://www.boyne10k.ie/

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