Saturday 21 April 2018

Stamullen's in frame on big race weekend

Cian Delaney, wearing the Yellow Jersey, shows his delight after winning the Ras Connemara, supported by clubmate Colm Lavery.
Cian Delaney, wearing the Yellow Jersey, shows his delight after winning the Ras Connemara, supported by clubmate Colm Lavery.

STAMULLEN M Donnelly RC promote their annual races next weekend, some of which is in the Fingal area.

The opening race will be on Friday at 7pm - the Brendan Carroll Memorial 50k race, starting from St. Colmcille's GAA HQ at Piltown. This will be a short, fast race, taking in laps of the Piltown, Julianstown, Minnistown, Piltown circuit and the race is expected to finish at approximately 8.15 outside the GAA grounds.

This race is held annually in memory of the late Brendan Carroll, who lived close to Piltown and very sadly lost his life in a road traffic accident some years ago. Brendan's parents, John and Mary Carroll along with Michael Crowley from Navan UPVC Aluminium Windows kindly sponsor this race.

On Saturday the action switches to Balscadden for the Pat & Monie Nolan Memorial races. This senior 50k race will start at 12:30 from Balscadden village and will cover six laps of the Balscadden, Gormanston, Stamullen, Balscadden circuit and will finish in Balscadden.

Prior to this senior event, there will be races for U-12s, U-14s and U-16s held over the same circuit, starting at 11.30. These races are being sponsored by the family of the late Pat & Monie Nolan.

The weekend concludes with the Stamullen Grand Prix races and here a full programme of events will take place, with U-12, U-14, U-16, Senior A1/A2 (combined), Senior A3, Senior A4, Juniors, Veterans and Ladies races. Race HQ will be at Gormanston Sports Complex, from where all races will depart and all finishes will be in Stamullen village.

A huge entry of cyclists from all over the country are set to contest the various races.

The first race to depart from Gormanston will be the Senior A1/A2 race for the Joey Whyte Memorial Cup, sponsored by Brendan Whyte (son of the late Joey Whyte). This race will follow six laps of the Stamullen, Clinstown, Naul, Whitestown Cross, Tubbertown, Balscadden, Gormanston, Stamullen circuit.

The winner of the Senior A2 race will receive the Patrick Kennedy Memorial Cup, which is being sponsored by Quay Cycles, Drogheda.

The Senior A3/Junior race will cover four laps of the same circuit and is sponsored by Eastern Tarmacadam and Peleus Steel, Duleek. The first A3 rider across the line will receive the Pat Howard Memorial Cup and the first Junior (U-18) rider will receive the Jimmy Gough Memorial Cup.

The Senior A4 race for the Safelink Shield will cover two laps of the circuit and is being sponsored by Stamullen businessman John Hughes.

All underage races are being jointly sponsored by East Meath Credit Union and Flo Gas (Ireland) Ltd.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to take note of the races and the area that they cover as delays are inevitable and the organisers appeal for cooperation in keeping the race routes as safe as possible for everyone involved.

The Gardai and Civil Defence will be on duty as will stewards who volunteer annually to assist throughout the weekend.

Drogheda Independent