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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Rooney leads home Drogheda contingent

THERE is a real buzz of excitement at Drogheda & District Athletic Club at the moment - centred around the newly refurbished Lourdes Stadium.

Some training sessions are now held there and the red tartan is proving a boon to club members who can now train at a dedicated local facility, out of traffic and unaffected by wet weather.

However, last Tuesday night the action shifted to ALSAA's track for the latest leg of the Winter League, over 3,000m. Good times were recorded in very windy conditions including Joe Rooney's 11:44 and the evergreen Christy Duffy who stopped the clock at 13:01.

Kerry McHugh followed up her recent Dublin Marathon triumph with a 14:49 - a three-minute improvement on her previous PB.

On Saturday the Irish Life BHAA cross-country was staged over the same 6k course on which the 2009 European CrossCountry was held. Over four laps of testing hills in Santry Demesne, Pat O'Grady emerged the winner in the M50 category in a time of 22:22. Aonghus O'Connor and Yvonne McMahon ran strongly to come fifth in their respective categories and Joe Stafford clocked 26:23.

DDAC will stage a free 'Movember Mile' on Tuesday (8pm) and Thursday (7pm) of next week at the new Lourdes Stadium. People are invited to come along, run a timed four laps of the red tartan and make a Movember donation. Any money raised will go towards increasing awareness of men's health, specifically prostate cancer. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow for a warm-up.

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