Wednesday 21 February 2018

DDAC say sad farewell to much-loved friend Mary

It was with heavy hearts that Drogheda & District AC learned of the passing of much-loved friend Mary Lynn, a founder member of our club.

Club members provide a guard of honour at Termonfeckin Church on Wednesday at 11am.

Meanwhile, the future of our club, the juvenile athletes were in action last weekend at the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships, which were held in Tullamore, Offaly.

In the 800m, James Nolan ran well to qualify for the U18 final with a 2.01.91 clocking and came close to going sub 2 minutes in the final with 2.00.94, despite a 90 minute turn around from his heat.

Robert Caffery 2.09.11 and Sam O'Neill 2.07.03 both placed 8th in their age categories in the 800m.

Cormac Canning ran a solid race in a fast 3000m final running close to his Pb with 9.38.16.

Lee McGuinness dropped down a distance to the 100m and qualified for the final with a fine run of 11.64 into a sharp headwind.

The weather God's were looking after us as conditions were perfect for fast running at last Thursday's County Championships held in the Lourdes Stadium.

With races over six distances and guest runners allowed to take part, there were some really close finish's and the officials had to be on top of their game.

Some of the stand out performances were in the 100m where Lee McGuinness ran 11.62 to win his race against some good opposition.

Ephan Donnelly was 4th in the same race in 12.30.

Andrew Kelly won his 100m race in a fast 11.79 as did Karl Carton who raced well to win his race in 12.61.

Frank Cruise continued his great season with a win in 13.63.

Most sprinters double up by running the 200m and Lee McGuiness won his event in 23.41.

Andrew Kelly 24.01, Karl Carton 26.03 and Frank Cruise 28.28 all did the sprint double when winning their 200m races.

In the 400m, Kieran McGrath ran a fine 55.13 to win his race.

The Men's O50 race saw Jim Nolan win in 69.26 with David Thornton 2nd in 69.62 and Declan McMahon 3rd in 74.04.

Robbie Maher and Brian Pentony provided the crowd with a thrilling race in the 800m as they raced neck and neck up the home straight with Pentony just edging it in 2.15.48 to Maher's 2.16.54.

The 1500m saw wins for Robbie Maher 4.47, Kevin Clancy 4.50 and Christy Duffy 6.08.

In the Women's events, Blathnaid Donnelly was 2nd in her 100m in 13.89 and later in the evening got 2nd in the 200m in 28.57.

Roisin Coade also did the double when winning her 100m in 29.70 and the 200m in 29.70.

Orla O'Connor produced the goods when it mattered to run a swift 61.51 to win her 400m event.

Mary Leech, fresh from her win at the National Masters won her 1500m race in 4.57 with Ciara O'Reilly 2nd in 5.28.

Nuala Reilly ran a useful 6.03 to win her 1500m race.

In the Shot Putt event, Lynn Browne competed well to win her category with a throw of 5.71 metres.

Taking part in last Wednesday's Dublin Athletics Board Graded Series were Orla O'Connor and Pamela Howard.

Running in the 800m A2 event, O'Connor raced well to finish 3rd in a fine 2.17.26.

Howard also finished 3rd in her 800m B2 race in 2.28.89.

Also racing in Dublin that evening at the Dublin Docklands 5k were Niall Magill and Liam Farrell.

Magill is coming back into form and finished 132nd in a solid 18.55.

Clubmate Farrell was 466th in 22.06.

A warm and sunny morning greeted our members as they toed the line for the weekly challenge of the Oldbridge Parkrun.

The recent fine weather has hardened up this course and Colm Reilly sped round in a fast 18.25 to win last Saturday's race.

Our next finisher in 37th was Jos Haak in 25.27, with Martin Woods further back in 42nd place in 25.53 a new Pb.

Deirdre McFerran was our first lady home in 43rd place in 25.56, with Pauline Coffey 53rd in 27.54.

Also running were Nichola Finnegan 68th and Lisa Collier 69th in 30.17.

Drogheda Independent

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