Tuesday 20 March 2018

Raising the temperature

WITH a cold winter chill in the air, Drogheda and District AC raised the temperature somewhat with an exciting night of graded track athletics in the Lourdes Stadium last Thursday night.

In the A Grade 800m race Mark McKenna (North East Runners) ran a fine race, leading from the start to win in a time of 2:27, a second ahead of clubmate Barry Sullivan and Drogheda's Declan Monaghan.

Another exciting race in the Grade B 800m saw Annabel Morris (Blackrock) power ahead in the second lap to win the race in 2:30.9, only a half second ahead of Aiden Duffy (NER) in second place.

In the 3,000m Grade B race Niall Magill took an early commanding lead and never let up, leading the group round to win in 10:32, from Fran Egan in 10:58. However, the real class on the night was in the 3,000m Grade A race where Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) put on a peerless display of track running to win the race in 9:06. Despite his best efforts, Drogheda's Paul Smith couldn't stay with the winner but still finished in a strong time of 9:31.

With sleigh bells ringing and tinsel abounding, Drogheda & District AC brought a bus-load of festive cheer to the Phoenix Park on Saturday for the Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5K. Sixty members in the club's seasonal red toed the start line for this high-quality race on a bright but chilly day.

The group from the club did Drogheda & District AC proud, with Pat O'Grady crossing the line in a top time of 16:43 and picking up second place in the in a competitive Over-50 category.

Second in for the club was Declan Monaghan in a PB time of 18:08, while Simon Gregory - who has been showing some strong from of late - finished this race in a quality 18:36.

Nuala Reilly was the first club lady to finish in a time of 20:51, while Orla O'Connor was next in 21:14. Pauline Lannon was third club lady to finsh in 22:52 and Roisin Donnelly was only a few seconds off that, finishing in 23:03.

There were excellent first-time runs from some of the newest members of the club. Birthday girl Carol Faulkner celebrated with an excellent run, finishing in 31:19, and there were PBs for Michelle Linkevicius and Olwyn McGinn (23:38 and 27:14 respectively).

Drogheda Independent