Monday 23 October 2017

Bringing home the medals

Mary Leech, Drogheda and District, winner of the Intermediate Ladies race.
Mary Leech, Drogheda and District, winner of the Intermediate Ladies race.

INDIVIDUAL and team golds were the order of the day for Drogheda & District's men and women at the Louth Intermediate Cross-Country Championships, hosted by DkIT on Sunday.

The Ladies 4,000m was up first and in an exciting race Drogheda's very own Mary Leech took the gold in a superb time of 15:49.

There was real excitement as the battle for the runner-up spot ensued, with only a second separating Nicola Walsh of Boyne AC and Marion Doherty in the red vest of Drogheda at the finish as Walsh edged it.

Orla O'Connor and Grace Kelly both ran strongly too, taking sixth and eighth places respectively, and the combined efforts of the ladies resulted in a team gold for Drogheda & District.

The Men's race saw a heist for Drogheda & District as they won gold, silver and bronze. Paul Smith ran a super race to win in a time of 27:57, clubmate Patrick O'Grady was just behind him in 28:01 and Mark O'Shea took the bronze medal in 28:03.

There were also strong performances from Robert Maher, David Campbell and David Walsh among a strong male contingent that togged out for Drogheda on the day. The men also took the team gold, making it a serious result for Drogheda & District. The next round will be the Louth Senior Cross-Country on 3rd November in Oldbridge where the red vests will amass again.

The Clonliffe Harriers 50th Anniversary Women's Cross-Country took place on Saturday in Santry Demesne. Yasmin Canning finished in a great time of 18:58 over the 5,000m course in perfect autumn conditions. Nuala Reilly and Suzanne McCabe also clocked great times and positions, ensuring Drogheda & District a second team prize.

The BHAA Teachers Cross-Country also took place on Saturday in the grounds of Castleknock College, with Nuala Reilly coming third in her category over the two-mile distance. Hats off to Nuala Reilly for running two races in the one day within two hours of each other! Conor Cooney also ran well and picked up a second category prize.

Further afield in the Roscrea 10km race on Sunday, there were four Drogheda & District athletes very happy with their performances as they all achieved new personal bests.

Aonghus O'Connor and Gareth Curran helped each other along, finishing just a second apart in 38:14 and 38:15, while Siobhan Shortt and Clodagh Fitzharris also finished closely together, well under the milestone of 50 minutes in 49:23 and 49:26 respectively.

Drogheda Independent