Wednesday 17 January 2018

Barry leads home North East Runners

THE road racing season continued when club athletes travelled to Athlone for the Flatline half marathon.

The 13.1 miles long event is famous for being the flattest road race in Ireland so fast times were assured as weather conditions were also favourable.

Barry Meegan ran his first half marathon and led home the club's athletes in 20th place from the 943 finishers in a time of 77.09 minutes with Stephen Mulholland close behind in 28th in 78.24 minutes.

Colin Mullen was 86th in 86 minutes with Ciaran Gorman having his debut at the distance and finishing in 104th in 88 minutes.

Tony Mulligan gave his marathon hopes a good boost with a solid run in 126th in 89 minutes.

Colm Hearty having his second half marathon of the season and improved his time to 97 minutes in 240th place.

The ladies were led home by Helen Divilly as she had her first race as a NER runner in a time of 1:41.35.

Karen McCrystal was next home in 1:42.45 as trip organizer Melanie Hearty improved her time to 1:43.59 to finish 18th from 135 competitors in the over 40 section.

Dearbhla Greene had her first half marathon and vowed to stick to 5 and 10kms after even though she had a time of 1:45.20 (41st in the ladies senior section from 264 competirors). Sharon Manning also made her NER debut in 1:46.02. Sabrina Mulholland (2.01.11), Kelly Mulholland (2.05.11), Eileen Jordan (2:18.47), Kathleen Mulholland (2.18.46), Debbie Mullen (2.21.01), Julie Reid (2:19.46) all finished well with Colette O'Hagan putting all to the test as she completed the course twice for another full marathon completed.

The Bluebird 5km road race on Saturday last was a fundraising event for Dundalk Special Olympics where club athletes dominated the prizes. Brian McCluskey had a runaway victory in 15.51 minutes with Niall Halpin 2nd in 17.21. Ciaran Gorman hada tremendous finish to take third place in the final 25 metres of the event in 18.18 minutes.

Dearbhla Greene made her intentions clear from the start as she took over a minute of her best time to finish 2nd in 21.18 minutes. Full results on the club's Facebook page.

The Dublin half marathon saw Gerry O'Connell win the over 50 section in 80 minutes finishing in 45th from the 5410 finishers.

He was followed home by 50th Niall McCabe 80.36, 83rd George Shiels 82.34, 85th Simon Allen 82.40, 122nd Derek McKeown 84.52, 191st Brendan Reid 87.42.


Cross country season starts with Louth Cross Country, Novice Championships for teams and individuals, 6th October, Drogheda, Ladies 3000m, Men 6000m.

The club will host the second round in DKIT on 13th October, Intermediate Championships with distances 4000m for ladies and 8000m for men. Both courses are on mostly flat courses around football fields as an easy introduction to cross country running.

We already use DKIT for training on grass on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.00 - 7.00. Come along and try as running on grass is easier on your joints.

Group training sessions continue from St Helena's Park on Tuesdays, 6.15 for beginners and 7.00 for experienced runners and on Thursdays at 6.30 p.m.

Drogheda Independent

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