Sunday 25 March 2018

Pleasant day for Duggan against snowy backdrop

Gareth Curran.
Gareth Curran.

DROGHEDA & District AC have continued braving the cold unseasonal weather as the road racing season continues, and on Easter Monday Stephen Duggan led home the troops in the Mountpleasant 5km road race north of Dundalk.

Snow-capped mountains were the backdrop for some very impressive times, despite a fierce gale to run against for 2km of the course, and Duggan was home in an impressive 18:29. He was followed by David Walsh, finishing in 19:01.

Pat Owens was again in competition for Drogheda & District and he kicked home in 19:10. Giancarlo Orlandi ran a super race, crossing the line in 20:14 and winning his category to boot. It was Declan Crosby's first time to don the red singlet of Drogheda and he finished in a speedy time of 20:16, proving he will have many more successful races for the club.

Mary McGreehan was again in top form, finishing third overall in a time of 21:44, while Nuala Reilly returned to competition and ran a great race, winning her category. There were other category successes for Drogheda and District on the day as Mary Lynn and Conor Cooney both took second place and there was a second team prize for the ladies with McGreehan, Fiona Murphy and Reilly making up the team.

There were Drogheda and District athletes in competition in Raheny on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the BHAA 4 mile road race was on, with competition stalwart Gerard Mullins coming home in an impressive 26:41. Brian Guilfoyle and Liam Farrell also ran impressively, finishing in 27:05 and 29:24 respectively.

Sunday was a special day for Drogheda and District, with seven quality teams competing in the AAI National Road Relays in Raheny. The relays consisted of a team of three, with a one-mile, two-mile, one-mile leg, although there were no batons on the day which was a disappointment for some! Instead it was a simple hand pass.

Maureen Harbison ran a fantastic one-mile leg in 5:52, Niall Donnelly achieved a personal best over his one-mile leg of 4:59 and the senior women were represented by Maria Kieran, Pamela Howard and Marion Doherty who finished impressively in 25:02.

The Masters women were well represented and competitive, with three teams from Drogheda and District. Maureen Harbison, Mary Leech and Yasmin Canning ran brilliantly, coming home in 24:25, Mary McGreehan, Bernadette Matthews and Judith McKenna made a fantastic team also, finishing in 26:03, and Sarah Clarke, Yvonne McMahon and Roisin Donnelly sped home in 27:30.

There were also three Masters Men's teams from the club.

Niall Donnelly, Robert Maher and Aonghus O'Connor were first of the clubs teams to finish in a super 21:20, Paul Reilly, Gareth Curran and Declan Monaghan crossed the line in 23:11 and Frank McCarthy, Michael Maher and Giancarlo Orlandi came home in a fast 24:26.

Drogheda Independent