Sunday 18 August 2019

Morton to lead Fingal charge

THERE are high hopes for Fingal success next Sunday when Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club promote the annual Brendan Campbell Memorial Races at Donore, Drogheda.

Once again, these races are being sponsored by Coca-Cola International Services, remarkably for the 18th time, and are being held in remembrance of the late Donore resident Brendan Campbell, father of race organiser Gerard Campbell.

Getting proceedings under way will be the Senior A4 race, starting from Donore village at midday and completing eight laps of a local 6.4km course around Donore. Then at 12.02 the Under-16s will set off from the start line and will complete six laps, followed at 12.04 by the Under 14 race which will be over three laps and then at 12.06 the Under 12 race over one lap.

Then, at 2pm the Senior race for the Brendan Campbell Memorial will get under way and will race over 13 laps, a total race distance of 83km, with the ladies race over seven laps beginning five minutes later.

A great battle is envisaged between the UCD squad, in particular Swords native Eoin Morton and the very much in-form Aqua Blue outfit. These particular teams have won most of the races between them so far this season.

This race is ideally suited to the 'sprinters' and another name that springs to mind is the explosive sprinter Ken Tobin from Swords who has returned to the sport after a long absence and quickly got back into the winner's enclosure. Stamullen M Donnelly rider Craig Sweetman also cannot be discounted as he is seldom out of the prizes on any given Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon, Navan Road Club hosted the Tommy Brady Memorial Races at Robinstown, and at the end of the 80km Swords native Eoin Morton from the UCD club was placed third behind Shannonside CC rider Keith Fox and Tim O'Regan from DID Dunboyne.

In the Senior A3 race, Martin Gilbert from the Swords club finished in second place and in the Senior A4 event Arek Klus from Stamullen M Donnelly was also the runner-up.

Earlier in the afternoon, Luke Coll from Stamullen M Donnelly RC finished second in the Under-14 race and in the Under-12 event his brother Shane was third.

On Monday night of last week, Drogheda Wheelers club held the fourth round of the Mark Mullen Memorial League and once again the race was very well attended.

At the end of this round, it was Stamullen M Donnelly rider Gary Gorman who came through from the scratch bunch and soloed to a clear victory, with Stamullen pair Colm Laverty and Seamus Howard fourth and fifth respectively. In the Underage standings, Stamullen M Donnelly sisters Ellen and Grace Gorman finished second and third.

With two rounds of the Senior League remaining prior to last night's action, Gary Gorman was sitting on top of the leaderboard with three points to spare over his Stamullen teammate Colm Laverty.

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