Monday 23 October 2017

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Lough Lene Gaels’ annual road race attracts a field of 350. PETER MOONEY
Lough Lene Gaels’ annual road race attracts a field of 350. PETER MOONEY
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The quiet country roads around Lough Lene in Westmeath were given a new year's lease of life on Sunday as hundreds of local GAA players and supporters kitted out for the second annual 5k and 10k road race.

The loyal following of 350 adults and children showed great spirit as they brighted up an otherwise dull, dreary and drizzly morning.

"From a development point of view we are very very happy with the turnout today," commented camogie secretary and event organiser Sheila Carroll.

"It is a joint effort between the Lough Lene Gaels camogie and hurley clubs as we share the same space for training and matches," she added.

The fundraiser, which sees these two seperate clubs coming together to raise money for neccessary improvements and maintenance, was attended by many of the combined 250 club members.

Family members and local supporters of the sport that is at the heart of this small community also came out to support the event.

The out-and-back routes included challenging hills and long flat straights to test every type of runner and walker with strong competition and fast times coming from seasoned club athletes.

Leading the way in the 10k was Stephen McKeigue from Ferbane AC in Co Offaly (34.14) and Imelda Clarke from Na Fianna AC, Co Meath (42.58).

The 5k was won by Jonathan Daly (17.02) and Fiona Gettings (20.30).

Also taking part in the 5k distance and following in her mother Imelda's successful road running footsteps was Amy Clarke, also of Na Fianna AC.

Her impressive time of 20.30 took her over the line in first place for the juvenile females.

A total of €2,500 was raised with a number of other sports and social fundraisers taking place during the year to reach their target of €30,000.

Irish Independent

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