Ferrycarrig Five Mile success
NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS and top athletes alike embraced a fit start to the New Year on Sunday, when they gathered at the Wexford Youths F.C. grounds for the third annual Árachas Ferrycarrig Five Mile road race.
Popular for its fast course and community spirit, the event run as a Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community Centre fundraiser in conjunction with St. Killian's A.C., Crossabeg, is now a firm fixture on the Athletics Ireland calendar and attracted support from clubs across the country as well as a strong local showing.
Dublin's Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks A.C. proved self-discipline over the Christmas period pays off when he was first to cross the line for the second year in a row, completing the course in a record-breaking time of 23.58.
'I've done a fair few races over Christmas just to keep the discipline up,' the runner admitted. 'It's good to have some races on around this time of year because it's easy to slip up,' he said.
Following closely behind was winner of the 2013 Dublin City Marathon, Seán Hehir, who completed the course with a time of 24.54.
Bernard Roe and Daragh Bell, also of Raheny Shamrocks A.C., ensured a clean sweep for Dublin in the top four placings when they finished third and fourth with times of 26.50 and 27.12 respectively.
Wexford's Jackie Carthy, of Kilmore A.C., was the first lady to cross the finish line and also set a new course record, coming in with a time of 29.37.
Carthy is now gearing up to take part in the Masters cross-country championships this coming weekend, while winner Clohisey has his sights firmly set on completing the Rotterdam marathon in April.
Fortunately, the rain and wind which featured on race day 2014 held off this year to make for excellent running conditions on the popular looped route which follows in an anti-clockwise direction from the complex.
'Last year was just a washout,' Carthy said, 'whereas this year you had ideal conditions for running. There was no wind, no rain and it's a lovely course'.
This year's race also saw the introduction of Árachas Insurances as headline sponsors, as well as the addition of a new corporate challenge competition which was won by a team from Delaware Life.
A sense of community spirit shone through at the event, with participants coming together to enjoy warm drinks and food in the Wexford Youths F.C. complex following the race.
Local man Conor Shovlin, who appeared in last year's hit RTÉ TV show 'Ireland's Fittest Family', finished the race with a time of 34.25. He said he enjoys the positive atmosphere at the race which helps motivate him to return to sporting activity after Christmas.
'It's great, you see people you haven't seen in a while and you know the roads around too,' he said.
Participant Niall Reck was similarly full of praise for the event. 'The weather was brilliant, I've done harder ones and I train on harder hills so this is a great one,' he said.
Race director Pádraig Moriarty was keen to show his appreciation for the support received from event sponsors including DHD Construction, Ferrybank Motors, Hertz, Keelon Ltd., Datapac, Eoin O'Gorman Solicitors, Tesco, Killowen Farm and Raceprint.ie.
Full race results listings are now available on www.actiontiming.ie.
The 2015 roll of honour was - men: 1, Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks), 23.58; 2, Seán Hehir (Rathfarnham), 25.54; 3, Bernard Roe (Raheny Shamrocks), 26.40; 4, Darragh Bell (Raheny Shamrocks), 27.12; ladies: 1, Jackie Carthy (Kilmore A.C.), 29.37; 2, Sue Finn, 30.35; 3, Dena Hogan (Sliabh Buide Rovers), 30.57; 4, Sally Forristal, 31.14.
Men Over-40, Martin Monaghan (Slaney Olympic), 27.30; ladies Over-40, Jennifer Murphy, 34.26; men Over-50, Jim Stafford (Slaney Olympic), 28.22; ladies Over-50, Ann Sullivan (D.M.P.), 32.26; men Over-60, Vinny Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks), 33.27; male Junior, Eathan Anderson, 34.50; female Junior, Leona Reville, 49.01.
Teams - men: Raheny Shamrocks (Mick Clohisey, Bernard Roe and Daragh Bell); ladies, Kilmore A.C. (Jackie Carthy, Annaleigh Hore and Sinéad O'Brien); Corporate Challenge winners, Delaware Life.