With only a week to go to this year's Leinster Masters Track Championships which will be held in Tullamore, some of our leading athletes were in action as they sharpen up for the shorter track events.
At last Wednesday's Graded Meeting which was held in Irishtown, Hugh Callan gave his confidence a boost when running an eye opening 54.46 when finishing fifth in his 400m race against some good quality opposition. In the same race club coach Gerry O'Connor raced well to finish seventh in 60.61.
Roisin Coade put her recent speed training to good use when finishing fifth in the Ladies 400m in a solid 67.6 and she could medal in Tullamore if all goes well.
In the 800m event, which is always a difficult race to get the pace right, Erin McHugh ran 2.37.16 to finish fifth in her C race. Also running the 800m was David Quinn who was eleventh in 2.15.94.
Meanwhile on the back roads of Enfield, County Meath, some of our members were sweating it out in the Na Fianna/Bob Heffernan 5k Road Race.
This very popular event always attracts a large entry of quality athletes and the medals won here don't come easy.
Colm Reilly coped well with the unusually warm weather and raced round the course in a fine 17.58 to finish 103rd overall.
Nuala Reilly led home our ladies when winning her category in 22.18, with Michelle Egan next in 23.33.
Also running were Edel Smith 25.50 and Siobhan Shortt who ran 25.59.
David Walsh made last Saturday's journey to Tullamore worthwhile where he competed in the IMC/Bertie Quinn Track and Field Meeting.
Running in the 800m C race, Walsh gave a good account of himself when finishing 8th in 2.05.18 against some of the cream of Irish Masters Athletics and there's lots more to come from him this Summer.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted 12 of our members to run this rather challenging 5k course.
Our first finisher was Martin Russell who's relatively new to running, his time of 20.41 represents good running over these hilly fields.
Niall Donnelly was 9th in 21.13 and not far behind was Tony Corcoran who was 12th in 21.50.
Running a new Pb was Barbara O'Donnell who finished 48th in 27.25, as did Helen Molloy who was 59th in 30.00.
Also running Pb's were Senan Gough 22.47 and Anne Marie Kierans 32.23.
Next Thursday the 1st of June sees round three of our Summer Graded Series take place at the Lourdes Stadium.
Events on the night are the 100m, 400m, 1500m and the Long Jump.
A quick mention must go to Andrew Coscoran who sometimes trains in the Stadium.
Coscoran who runs with Star Of The Sea Athletic Club recently ran 3.42 for the 1500m to qualify for the European U23 Championships. He now has the qualifying A standard for both the 1500m and 5000m. Great to see some of the local athletes making their mark on the European stage.
Club News 21st May 2017
The Weather Gods really were looking after us last Thursday as round two of our Summer Graded Meetings was bathed in glorious sunshine.
This series of Track and Field events continues to grow in numbers and there were some fine performances on the night. With the latest electronic timing and photofinish equipment being used, the profile of this series is rising steadily.
There were four mile races and the A race was a close run affair with eight athletes finishing within ten seconds in a thrilling finish. Some of the stand out performances were young Robert Caffery who finished 3rd in 4.56.16 and Brian Martin 5th in 4.57. Tadgh Donnelly and Robbie Maher both ran 4.59 when finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
Perhaps the run of the night in the mile belong to Stephen Floyd who ran a fabulous new Pb of 5.24, a 12 second improvement on his previous best.
Jim Nolan and Ciara O'Reilly had a home straight battle that won't be forgotten in a hurry with Nolan just edging out O'Reilly by 0.2 seconds when finishing 10th in 5.48.95.
Also running well were Helen Dillon 7.03 and Eimear Knowles 6.33.
In the longer 5000m event, the run of the night belonged to Yasmin Canning who quickly settled into her pre race plan and stuck to it like glue. Canning crossed the line tired but happy having just taken a whopping 14 seconds off her previous best time when running a fabulous 19.31.
In the 200m, Lee MCGuiness stormed round the bend to win his race in a fast 23.16 with Andrew Kelly 2nd in 24.61 and Karl Carton 4th in 26.65.
Young Senan Gough ran a fine 32.38 to win his 200m race.
Last Sunday's Streets of Dublin 5k road race tempted some of our members to take part. Conditions on the day were good but the twisting nature of these city races tends to slow times somewhat and more than 1200 runners took part in this year's event.
The pocket rocket Shane Larkin was our first finisher in 10th place overall in a fine 17.22. Not far behind was John Reilly who finished 14th in 18.18 and John Hough who was 25th in 18.48. Brian Guilfoyle had a solid run and his time of 21.24 had him in good form.
Barbara Byrne led the way home for our ladies when finishing 170th in 24.04, with Louise Irvin Aylward 207th in 24.58. Club Captain Jane Glynn finished in 233rd place in 25.33.
Nuala Reilly put in a fine run to win her category at last Week's BHAA ESB 5k on Sandymount Strand. Run entirely on the beach, this race is not for the faint hearted. Reilly finished 78th overall in 22.53.
Training partner Gerry Mullins was 75th in 22.34 and Paul Barrell finished 96th in 23.51.
Well done to Cormac Canning on finishing 6th in the Intermediate Boys 1500m at the Leinster Schools Championships in Santry. Canning performed well given that he has another year to go running in this age group and his time of 4.28 shows he's in decent form.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun proved to be a happy hunting ground for four of our members as they recorded new Pb times for this challenging 5k course.
With conditions perfect for fast running, Stephen Kelly pushed hard right from the gun and was rewarded with a new Pb time of 16.31 when finishing second overall. Brian Martin,who's coming into great shape also raced well to earn third place in a fast 17.11.
There was a great battle between Stephen Geraghty and Gerry Mullins and it was only in the closing stages that Geraghty opened a gap and crossed the line in 21.16 to Mullins 21.55.
For our ladies, Yvonne McMahon ran a new Pb of 22.37 when finishing 27th as did Margo Brady who ran 28.11 and finished 69th.
Also running were young Senan Gough who ran 24.21 and Donal Branigan who ran 34.23.
Club News 14th May 2017
A wet and rather humid evening greeted the runners who toed the line at last Friday's Simon Cumbers 6k road race held in Navan, County Meath. This unusual distance tempted more than forty of our members to take part in this very popular annual event.
Once the gun went, the Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin, one of our most consistent athletes quickly made his way into the leading group of runners. Larkin, sensing that he was in good form pushed hard and his determined run saw him cross the line in 11th place overall in a fine time of 21.15. Larkin's run was good enough to win the Men's O40 category.
Not far behind were Colm Reilly and John Reilly who both know how to race well on these narrow roads, on this occasion Colm finished in 21st place in 22.09 with John 28th in 22.25.
Also running well were Knut Nielsen 25.33 and David Birch who ran 25.55 for the distance.
Michelle Hughes led the way home and was our first lady across the line in 102nd place in a solid 24.58. The ever present Nuala Reilly wasn't far behind in 139th place in 26.00, which earned her a first in category prize.
Backed up by the strong running Sarah Clarke 26.19 and Barbara Lowth Byrne 27.17, this quartet combined well to win third place in the ladies team event.
Back racing well again was Carmel Keenan who ran 27.25 and Niamh Matthews who finished 258th in 28.26.
Others who ran well included club captain Jane Glynn, Jacqueline Gill and Edel Smith.
Meanwhile on a much more pleasant evening at last Wednesday's Dublin Athletic Board graded Meeting held in Tallaght Stadium, Hugh Callan delivered a good performance when winning his heat of the 200m in a fast 24.82. Callan is one of our most improved athletes in the last year and should go well in the Summer Track Meetings.
Also running was David Quinn who finished 10th in the 1500m in 5.09.79.
Marathon man Gerard Fay was in action at the Le Cheile AC 5k road race where he ran 24.23 and later in the week ran 4.55 for the Killarney marathon.
Twin brothers Peter and Dan Aylward took part as guests at the Dublin Athletic League Meeting held in Tallaght last Saturday. Taking part in the Long Jump event, Peter recorded a new Pb of 4 metres 29 centimetres and Dan jumped 4.08 metres. Two future stars in the making.
The recent fine weather has the Oldbridge Parkrun course in great shape and times are starting to tumble.
Joe Rooney raced round this challenging 5k course in a new Pb time of 21.57 and couldn't stop smiling once he got his breath back.
Declan McMahon continues his journey back from injury and finished 18th overall in 22.32.
Young Senan Gough paced his dad round the course and ran a fine 25.17, 8 seconds ahead of his father in 25.25.
Maria Kiernan was our first lady finisher in 33rd place in 24.18.
Noreen Burke was 68th in 30.01 and Rose Dalton ran a new Pb of 32.47 when finishing 79th overall.
Next Thursday evening see's round two of our Summer Track Series take place at the Lourdes Stadium. Events on the night are 200/Mile/5k/Shot Putt.
Club News 7th May 2017
Last weekend saw the Louth Juvenile Track and Field championships take place in Bush, Cooley.
The future of our club certainly looks bright given the many fine performances by our younger members.
Some of the stand out performances were Cormac Canning doing the 400/800m double, which is never an easy task. Moya McCabe really put it together when it counted and won silver in the U16 Javelin and Shot Putt.
Blathnaid Donnelly continues to impress and took first place in the U19 100m.
Friday - Moya McCabe u16 javelin 2nd and u16 shot put 2nd. Kate O'Reilly good effort in u15 javelin.
Saturday - Blathnaid Donnelly u19 100m 1st. Lauren Hussey Smith u19 100m 3rd. Harry Caffrey u16 800m 2nd. Ben Egan u16 800m 3rd. Kate O'Reilly u15 800m 3rd. Tara Shortt u17 400m 3rd. Cormac Canning u17 400m 1st and u17 800m 1st. Robert Caffrey u18 400m 3rd and u18 800m 2nd. Peter Aylward u15 100m 3rd. Daniel Aylward u15 100m 5th. Also competing were Grace Neilson u16 100m, Chloe Doherty u15 100m and 800m, Sean Toner u16 800m.
Sunday - Peter Aylward u15 200m 3rd and long jump 2nd. Daniel Aylward u15 200m 4th and long jump 3rd. Abigail Tegart u16 1500m 3rd. Harry Caffrey Ben Egan Peter Aylward and Daniel Aylward u16 4x100 relay 3rd. Ben Egan and Harry Caffrey both made the final of the u16 200m. Kate O'Reilly ran a new pb in u15 1500m.
Also taking part for the first time were our Little Athletics Group affectionately know as The Mini's, who seemed to be having a great time.
Two of Drogheda and District's finest master's athletes took part in last Monday's Leinster Road Race Championships held in Gowran, Kilkenny. This 6k race which is run over four laps of an undulating circuit always attracts a quality field of Masters runners. With little or no wind, conditions on the day were near perfect for fast running.
Competing in the Men's O50 event was Kevin Clancy. Although relatively new to our club, Clancy has pedigree as a runner and he wasn't afraid to mix it with the top guys right from the start. Running to a strong tempo was to pay off as Clancy was always in the top three and his time of 21.06 was good enough to earn him the bronze medal on this occasion.
Running in the same race, but in the O40 category was the Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin who always seems to race well. Larkin likes to run strong right from the gun and although he didn't finish in the medal places his 8th place finish in 21.37 represents good running against quality opposition.
Nearer to home, Colm Reilly put in a solid run at the MLSP Royal County 10k in Kells, County Meath. Reilly covered the distance in 39.21 and will go well once he targets his races.
The first of our Summer Track Meeting's took place last Thursday evening at the Lourdes Stadium.
With three track events, the 100m/800m/3k and a long jump competition, there was a large number of competitors on the night. There were some close finishes with the 800m C race being won by Anna Fagan of Newry A.C. by a mere tenth of a second from Christopher Duffy junior.
In the 3000m A race, there was a real tussle between Declan Power of Clonliffe Harriers and Oran Gartland of Foyne Valley. Power won on this occasion by less than 1 second in a thrilling finish.
Our sprinters were in action in the 100m and there was some good running from Andrew Kelly 11.9 and Karl Carton 12.8 in the A 100m race. Frank Cruise ran well to win the B race in 13.7 with Blathnaid Donnelly second in 13.8.
The next round will take place on Thursday 18th of May with 200m/Mile/5k and Shot Putt on the program.
Popular club member Jim Nolan was our sole runner in last Saturday's RTE 5 mile road race.
Run over four laps, this year's race attracted a field of 280 runners. Sadly, this was the last running of this race, due to RTE selling land at Montrose in this the 40th Anniversary of RTE Athletic Club. Nolan had a decent run and his time of 35.20 shows that he's coming back to form.
The Irish Runner Paced Mile in the Phoenix Park last Sunday saw Shane Larkin deliver a fast finish to finish second in a time of 5.14. Larkin was close to winning this race but was pipped on the run in by just two seconds.
There were some fine performances from our athletes at last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun. The recent dry weather has made this rather challenging 5k course considerably quicker than it would normally be.
Fran Egan raced round the fields to finish 5th overall in a fast 19.40 and got a new Pb time on the way. Our next finisher in 14th place was Tony Corcoran in 22.14, just ahead of Peter Mullen who was 23rd in 22.32.
For our ladies, first home was Mary McDonnell who ran a new Pb time of 23.31 when finishing 35th overall. Laura Roche was 38th in 23.38 and Audrey Corcoran ran 37.45.
Also running were Donal Branigan, Dominic Carthy and Mike Staunton who ran a new Pb of 24.53.
Club News 30th April 2017
Coca Cola Boyne 10k.
You can't beat the feeling when it comes to the Coca Cola Boyne 10k. The pre race atmosphere in West Street was electric as runners completed their warm up routines and handed over their running gear to friends and loved one's before making their way to the start line. The town's main street was transformed into a sea of colour and there were no shortage of spectators to offer encouragement and settle last minute nerves. This year's event saw in excess of 1800 runners toe the line for the best run 10k in Ireland. Conditions on the day were quite cool which would have helped the runners but the stiff breeze didn't help on the back end of the course.
Once the gun went, it was down to business for the serious runners with County titles and some decent cash prizes on offer for the elite runners. The next six miles were all about hard sustained running and no quarter was given as the lead runners churned out the miles at a terrific pace. This year's winner of the Men's race was Paddy Hamilton from Newry A.C. in 32.01, with Colin Maher from Ballyfin A.C. not far behind in second place in 32.31.
First home for D&D was Brian Martin in 7th place overall in 35.49, with Ruaidhri Nolan in 9th place in 36.56. With Danny Skeffington and Johnny Kelly also running well, the County Team prize was on its way to Drogheda.
Drogheda based Niamh Devlin, who runs for Dundrum South Dublin A.C. won the ladies race in a fine 38.20 when finishing 17th overall.
Pamela Howard was the star performer for our ladies, her strong running took her round the course in a fast 40.24 which meant she won the Ladies race and also the County title for the 10k distance. Yasmin Canning produced a solid run and her time of 42.39 placed her 2nd in her category. Backed up by Michelle Hughes who was 3rd in her category in 43.58 and Laura Roche in 45.14, this quartet won the ladies County Team title.
Without a doubt the real winners on the day were the almost two thousand runners who took up the challenge to get fit, train hard and take up the challenge of running the Coca Cola Boyne 10k. In a few days the aches and pains will have eased, but the memories of this year's event will live long and hopefully inspire others to take up the challenge to test their ability against this unique course and all it has to offer.
Last Thursday evening saw the 126th running of Ireland's oldest road race which was hosted by Clonliffe Harriers. Starting and finishing on their splendid Tartan track, this year's race attracted some of the best road racer's the country has to offer. Our very own Mary Leech was right up there with the leading runners right from the gun and it was only in the last half mile that the top three ladies opened up a gap that Leech couldn't close on this occasion. Leech's time of 11.36 still represents good running and there's lots more to come from her during the Summer Track season.
Shane Larkin had a solid run in the Men's race and finished 20th overall in a time of 11.02 which earned him a first in category prize.
Hugh Callan and David Quinn were also in action in Santry Stadium last Wednesday, but this time on the track. Callan, who's coming into great form ran a fine 2.08.37 for the 800m, which is a difficult race to judge. Quinn ran 2.19.53 for his heat of the 800m.
Closer to home, there were some good performances from our athletes at last Tuesday's Dundalk 10k road race. This very popular event attracted over a thousand runners to take part on the night and conditions were good except for the swirling wind on the back end of the course.
First home for our men was Ruaidhri Nolan who finished 14th in 36.43, with Shane Larkin just behind him in 17th place in 37.47. The run of the night belonged to Stephen Floyd who's getting faster by the week, Floyd's time of 39.44 is well deserved given all the hard work he puts into his running. Roger Tegert ran a solid 42.45 and was followed by John Carlo Orlandi who ran a fine 43.51, great running for a 66 year old.
For our ladies, Yvonne McMahon and Eimear Knowles settled into a steady pace early on and were rewarded with a time of 47.03 for their efforts. Also running were Sharon Finn and Siobhan Shortt.
Colm Reilly had a strong run at last Week's Samsung Night Run 10k and ran a new best time of 38.14 which was good going given the twisting nature of the course.
Stephen Duggan also raced well when finishing 2nd in the recent Duleek 10k race.
Congratulations to Gerry Mullins on completing the Limerick Marathon in 3.39.35 last Sunday.
In the Half Marathon event held on the same day, Knut Nielsen finished well to run 1.38.32. , Brian Guilfoyle ran 1.42.21 and David O'Neill 1.42.25. Also running was Liam Farrell who ran 1.48.11 for the 13.1 miles.
A new generation of Drogheda and District athletes took part in the Louth pre-championships at the Lourdes Stadium last Saturday. Under the guidance of club Chairman Aonghus O'Connor, the club's first batch of U8-U12 year old's took part in sprints, long jumps and turbo javelin and all performed well while earning valuable experience in competition.
In the older age groups, Blathnaid Donnelly took gold for the second year in a row in the U18/U19 100m. Kate O'Reilly lowered her 800m time by 16 seconds taking bronze in the U15 800m, a result which was matched by Ciara Reilly in the U16 event.
In the field events, Peter Aylward broke the 4m barrier in his first competition placing third in the U15 Long Jump. The next outing will the Louth Championships on the first weekend in May.
Club News 23rd April 2017
National Road Relays, Raheny.
Last Sunday's National Road Relays held in Raheny attracted the best quality field seen for a long time in the Masters Women's O35 event. Many of the teams had at least one if not two international class runners on their teams. Conditions on the day were calm and a little overcast which would have helped the athletes running the longer 2 mile leg.
Once the gun went our lead runner Yasmin Canning got stuck in with the leading pack and was quickly into her stride as this group forced the pace. Canning is a wise athlete who learns quickly and she needed every bit of experience she had for the task ahead. Coming into view after rounding the tricky left hand bend before the finishing straight, Canning found an extra ounce of energy to hand over to Mary Leech who's in terrific form at the moment.
The 2 mile leg really is a test of one's resolve as the pressure felt by the girls in this race is enormous, Leech personifies grace under pressure and when the difficult questions were being asked, she wasn't found wanting. Running hard from the line, Leech cleverly wound up the pace and going out on her second lap only the very best were ahead of her as they made their way onto the back stretch of the course. Coming into the hand over area in third place, Leech handed over to Pamela Howard and the race for the medals was on in earnest.
Howard is a classy athlete with huge potential within and she took off like a rocket heading for the first bend on this rather testing course. Championship racing is as much about holding one's nerve as it is about running hard. Howard made a real statement by running so aggressively and dictated the pace on the back end of the course. With the travelling supporters anxiously chewing their nails as they strained their eyes on the last corner, a red vest appeared and Howard was heading home like an express train to collect a richly deserved National bronze medal for her team mates. This really was a lesson in team work and very few rarely see the amount of work that goes into getting the result on the day. Such was the standard in this year's race that our finishing time of 23.19 was 13 seconds faster than last year when we finished second.
Also running in the Women's O35 race were our second team of Sinead Weldon, Barbara Byrne and Yvonne McMahon. All three raced well but didn't figure in the medal on this occasion.
In the Women's O50 event Mary McDonnell, Angela Campbell and late substitute Edel Victory ran well and were just outside the placings.
Our Men's O35 team saw Kieran McGrath produce an incredible run to record a 4.47 mile in the first leg. David Walsh and Brian Martin both ran well but again were out of the placings.
In the Men's O50 race, the run of the day belonged to Danny Skeffington who stormed round the one mile leg in under 5 minutes.
Leinster 10 Mile Championship, Raheny.
When the chips are down and there's no one else to blame is when the real Championship racer's come to the fore. So it was last Monday at the Leinster 10 mile Championship held in St. Anne's Park, Raheny. This year's race never left the Park and the twisting nature of the course would have slowed finishing times by about 30 seconds overall.
The Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin wanted one of the major medals and had prepared well for this event. Many's a runner forgets their pre race plan once the gun goes but Larkin was too experienced to let that happen and he quickly settled into a group running the pace he was hoping to maintain. Larkin's economical running style was to stand to him as he churned out the miles relentlessly at sub 6 minute mile pace. When the serious questions were asked with about a mile to go, Larkin wasn't found wanting and his last mile of 5.50 took him home in a clear third place to earn the bronze medal in the O40 category a time of 59.07. Also running was Marathon Man Gerard Fay who ran a Pb time of 1.19.
The red vests of Drogheda and District were really out in force last Monday at the Mountpleasant 5k road race. This very popular event always attracts a good quality field and this year's event was being run over a new course. Conditions on the day were good and some of our athletes were chasing fast times now that the heavy Winter's training has eased somewhat. Stephen Kelly produced a great run to finish third overall in a fast 16.43. With young Sam O'Neill finishing 5th in 17.03 and second in his category things were looking good for the team prize. It was all down to our third man David Walsh to deliver the goods and his 6th place finish in 17.13 ensured that the team prize was coming home to Drogheda.
Paddy Murphy, who's hoping to go well in the Boyne 10k ran a solid 19.26 to finish 24th and should run well over the longer distance. David Birch covered the ground well to finish in 21.50.
Nuala Reilly, fresh from her win in Kildalkey the previous day won her category with a useful 21.44 and her appetite for racing knows no bounds. Also running in the ladies race were Mary Reilly and Margo Duffy.
Liam Farrell ran a time of 47.28 when finishing 81st at last Weekend's Rosslare 10k road race.
At last week's paced mile in ALSAA Gerard Fay ran 6.43 and Margo Brady ran 7.39 for the classic one mile race.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun saw Sinead MCGuinness run a new Pb time of 25.33 when finishing 58th overall. Also running a new best time was Dominic Fagan who finished 69th in 27.23. Laura Roche was our first finisher in 36th place in 23.54.
Club News 16th April 2017
While most people were celebrating Easter Sunday by putting their feet up and munching on their favourite chocolate egg, some of Drogheda and District's finest were in action at the Fr. Murphy 10k road race in Athboy, County Meath.
A new course which took the runners over a very testing hilly section and a stiff breeze meant that the runners were in for a hard day at the office. With over 300 runners taking part in this very popular local event the medals weren't going to come easy but Nuala Reilly's pre race pep talk had the girls primed to deliver a good performance.
Once the gun went, our quartet of Michelle Hughes, Suzanne MCCabe, Martina O'Connor Dyas and Nuala Reilly quickly settled into a steady pace and tried to shelter from the wind as best as possible. The next six miles were all about hard sustained running as each member tried to pick off their rivals in the battle for team honours.
Michelle Hughes produced the goods when it mattered and was our first finisher in 62nd place in a solid 43.32 which earned her a second in category prize. Not far behind in 69th place was Nuala Reilly who pushed hard to cross the line in a fine 44.55 which ensured she won her category. As with most team events, it's not so much about the first two finishers but rather how well your third and fourth finishers score that determines your success on the day.
Martina O'Connor Dyas really pulled it out of the bag by running a fabulous new Pb of 48.48, a new Pb by 57 seconds and finished third in her category. Our fourth finisher Suzanne McCabe was on a mission to crack the 50 minute mark and once she turned the final corner and caught sight of the finishing clock she knew it was going to be close. Tired legs are often inspired with a new Pb at stake and McCabe delivered a sprint finish that would put many a greyhound to shame. Alas for McCabe the clock showed 50.01 as she dipped across the line, so near and yet so far! Nevertheless, our ladies team were rewarded for their hard work and good performances by finishing second in the Ladies team event to a strong Winning team from Trim A.C.
Zoe Shannon was perhaps the happiest of our runners on the day and couldn't stop smiling as she finally cracked the one hour mark when running a new Pb of 59.41.
For our male competitors, Colm Reilly, who's coming into good form ran a strong race right from the gun and finished 23rd in a new best time of 38.23, great running given the nature of the course. Jacker Reilly secured a 3rd in category prize when finishing 58th overall in 43.20.
A little further from home, three of our members were taking part in last Weekend's Ballybunion half Marathon. Popular club member Deirdre McFerran ran a very solid first attempt at this 13.1 mile distance and finished 3rd in her category with a time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. Also running was Mary Toner who ran 2.16 with no real distress. In the shorter 10k event Mary McDonnell finished 2nd in her category when running 49.53.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted some of our members to test themselves against this rather challenging 5k course.
Cillian Dyas was our first finisher in 9th place as he raced round the course in an impressive 19.36. Bryan Harvey ran well to finish 13th in 20.17 and has recovered well from his recent half Marathon in Berlin. Tony Corcoran aaalso ran well to run 22.38 for the course. First of our lady finishers was Sinead McGuinness who ran a new Pb of 26.20, with Natalie Doyle Bradley further back in 33.36. Also running were Donal Branigan, Mike Staunton and Mary Mulligan.
Club News 9th April 2017
Great Ireland 5k and 10k road races.
Quite a few of our members took part in these two races held in the Phoenix Park last Sunday. In the 5k event Mary Toner ran well to win a 1st in category prize when running 26.16 for the distance. Siobhan Redmond ran 25.24 and was our first finisher.
In the longer 10k race, Brian Martin raced round the course in a fast 34.35 when finishing in 60th place. Ruaidhri Nolan was 144th with a time of 37.20. Our ladies were out in force for this event and first home was Nuala Reilly in a fine 44.16. Laura Roche was our second finisher in 45.31 with Yvonne McMahon next in 47.24. Also running well were Andrea McArdle 49.36 and Edel Victory 53.06.
Patsy Kelly 5k Dundalk.
With over 900 runners taking part in last Saturday's Patsy Kelly 5k road race which was held in Dundalk, our athletes were really up against some strong opposition. Nevertheless there were some fine individual performances on the night, none more so than Stephen Floyd who ran a sparkling new Pb time of 18.44 on his way to finishing in 38th place. Floyd is running really well at the moment and is proof that good running is all about being consistent in training. Also running well was Roger Tegert who ran 20.05 when finishing 85th and he'll crack the 20 minute mark soon. Our first finisher was the Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin who finished 12th in a speedy 17.16, with Paddy Murphy 48th in 19.01. Club Captain Jane Glynn played her part when finishing first for our female athletes in 23.38. Next in was Helen Dillon just 14 seconds further back in 23.52. Others who ran well were Ciara Byrne, Sharon Finn and Zoe Shannon.
BHAA 2 Mile Road Race.
Congratulations to Mary Leech on winning last Saturday's BHAA Women's 2 mile race in a time of 11.15 at St. Anne's Park, Raheny. This is two in a row for Mary as she won last year's event. Leech's time was a full 13 seconds faster than her winning time last year. Nuala Reilly ran well to win her category in 13.27. In the Men's 4 mile race, Jim Nolan had a solid run to finish 62nd in 28.12.
Well done to Ciara O'Reilly and Shane Larkin who both won their races at the recent Glen Emmett's 5k Road Race in Tullyallen. Congratulations also to the Couch 2 5k crew who took part in their first 5k event.
National Road Relay Mile Trial.
When it comes to club athletics there's not much can compete with a Mile Trial selection race for excitement. With much coveted places being sought for the upcoming National Road Relays at stake, pre race nerves were in abundance.
Once the gun went, there really was no hiding place and the next five minutes or less were all about who could handle the hurt when it really mattered. Making sure they made the Men's O35 team were David Walsh 4.44, Kieran McGrath 4.45 and Brian Martin 5.02. In a real cracker of a race, Mary Leech made the Ladies O35 team with her run of 5.24, with Pamela Howard 5.28 and Yasmin Canning 5.36 also making the team.
The O50 Men's team are Danny Skeffington 5.03, Gerry O'Connor 5.32 and Martin Duffy 5.44.
Our ladies O35 team are Barbara Byrne, Yvonne McMahon and Sinead Weldon.
Nuala Reilly, Mary McDonnell and Angela Campbell make up our Ladies O50 team.
There were some fine performances by our Juvenile athletes at last week's Meath Schools Track Championships held in Navan. Cormac Canning won the Intermediate Boys 1500m against some good quality athletes. In the senior 800m James Nolan was third. Sam O'Neill placed 4th and Robert Caffrey 5th in the senior 1500m.
Marathon Round Up.
Congratulations to Gerry Mullins on running his 30th Marathon in Brighton last Sunday. Mullins completed the rather hilly course on what turned out to be a very warm day in a creditable 3.46.53.
Artur Kuwik decided to test himself at last week's Rome Marathon and ran a fine 3.26.58 for the distance despite the heat on the day.
In the Rotterdam Marathon, Michelle and Fran Egan both ran 3.55.17 for the classic distance and finished with no real distress.
Berlin Half Marathon.
Taking part in the recent Berlin Half Marathon were twenty three of our members. This very popular race which is run on a pancake flat course is where the current world best time was set two years ago. Best for our ladies was Nuala Reilly who placed second in her category with a fine 1.40.58, with Sinead Weldon running 1.51.19.
Bryan Harvey ran a solid 1.30.23 with Thomas Farrelly close behind in 1.32.01.
Others who ran well were Frank McCarthy who celebrated his 60th birthday by running 1.45.35 for the distance and Mike Staunton who ran 1.54.10.
Club News 26th March 2017
Mark O'Shea does the double! Drogheda and District's Mark O'Shea completed a magnificent 800/1500m double at the World Masters Indoor Track Championships in Daegu, Korea. O'Shea, who is gifted with a tremendously fluid running style needed every bit of his experience as the 800m was a slow run race. Coming round the final bend on this tight track, O'Shea unleashed his trademark finishing kick to win gold just ahead of Peter Brady from the United States and Rubio Balague from Spain who got the bronze medal. O'Shea's winning time was 2.07.14, not fast by any means but Championship racing is all about winning and getting the medal.
While many runners might let success go to their head, O'Shea isn't one of them. A very humble man and quiet by nature, O'Shea had bigger plans as he was targeting the 1500m race later in the week.
Going into the final of the 1500m, O'Shea knew that he was in with a good chance if he could avoid getting into trouble and being boxed in coming up to the last lap. Unlike the 800, this was a fast true run race and with less than fifty metres to go O'Shea was out in lane three and giving his coach a heart attack. Despite having to run further on the banked surface, O'Shea somehow found an extra ounce of speed to dip as he crossed the line to claim victory in a new Irish Record time of 4.07.44. O'Shea's winning margin was a mere tenth of a second as he held off Frederic Gilbert of France in 4.07.54 who took silver with Peter Brady of the USA getting the bronze.
Dunboyne AC's annual 4 mile road race attracted a quality field of over 600 runners for this year's event. Conditions on the day were perfect and made for fast times. Shane Larkin put in a strong run to finish 28th overall in a fine 22.14. A little further back in 52nd place was Colm Leonard in 23.39 with Colm Reilly 68th in 24.31. Nuala Reilly who was running her second race in two days won her category in 28.09. Also running were David Birch 28.37, Mike Staunton 31.05 and Helga McDonnell 31.59.
Last Saturday's K-Club 10k road Race in Straffan, saw Colm Reilly run a fine 38.27 for this popular race which was run in perfect weather conditions for distance running. Also running was Colm's Mum Nuala Reilly who won her category in a lively 44.59. Jackser Reilly just held off Michelle Hughes when he finished in 43.07 a mere second ahead of Hughes in 43.08. Barney Flannery used this race as a warm up for next week's Berlin Half Marathon and ran 55.47 for the course.
Well done to Sam O'Neill who ran a strong race and qualified for the final of the U19 1500m held at the AIT Arena in Athlone last Sunday. O'Neill ran a decent 4.30 for the distance and will go faster with a few more races in his legs.
Christy Duffy ran a solid 13.03 for the 3k event at last Tuesday's Alsaa winter track league.
Congratulations to Pamela Howard on winning the ladies race in St Oliver's 5k road race in Dundalk last Saturday. Howard put her recent speed sessions to good use as she sped round the course in an eye opening 19.09.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted four of our members to run this challenging course. Laura Roche was our first finisher in 11th place in 22.28, a new Pb time for her. Sinead McGuinness was next in 50th place in 27.04, with Donal Branigan 82nd in 35.40 and Audrey Corcoran 83rd in 37.03.
Club News 20th March 2017
Pat O'Grady wins team gold at World Masters Championships.
Drogheda and District member Pat O'Grady has just won a Gold medal at this year's World Masters Championships in Daegu, Korea. Running as part of the Irish Men's cross country team,O'Grady put in a terrific run to finish 6th overall and second finisher on the Irish Team along with Tom O'Connor ( Liffey Valley) and Michael Cornyn ( Dunboyne ). All three Irish lads combined well to hold off the Italian team who were second and the Korean team who won the bronze medals. This really is a just reward for O'Grady who has put in months of self sacrifice and intense training to achieve his goal. Medals at this level don't come easy and O'Grady's task was made all the more difficult as he was nursing a hamstring injury which had curtailed his preparations. Nevertheless he produced the goods when it mattered the most, which is always the sign of a good athlete and delivered in spades on the day.
Fellow club athlete Mark O'Shea will be competing in the middle distance events later in the week and we wish him the best of luck.
While most people were heading off to see their local Parade on Saint Patrick's day, Stephen Kelly was racing round the streets of Balbriggan on his way to finishing runner up in the Balbriggan 10k road race. Kelly, who was third in last week's Bohermeen 10k went one place better this time when finishing 2nd in 35.07. A solid Winter's training has strengthened Kelly and he should record some fast times once he sharpens up in the coming weeks. Kasia Reynolds ran 61.55 for the course and finished in 174th place.
In the longer Half Marathon event, Carmel Keenan raced well to finish 36th in 1.44.01. Further back was Gerard Fay in 79th place in 1.58.49 and Sinead McGuinness 87th in 2.05.36.
Over 1200 runners took part in last Sunday's MSB 5k road race in Dublin. Prolific racer Shane Larkin who's appetite for racing knows no bounds lost no time in making his way into the leading group and he was working hard to stay there. Larkin was well rewarded for hanging in there as he finished 36th overall in 17.28 and third in his category. Our second runner home was Joey Ryan who finished 230th in 21.58 with Liam Farrell further back in 301st in 23.01.
For our Ladies, Ciara O'Reilly raced well and had a solid run to finish in 20.23 on what many runners felt was a slightly long course which can happen sometimes. Helen Dillon was our second finisher in 435th place in 25.24 with Siobhan Shortt back in 488th place in 26.13.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted seven of our members to test themselves against this quite challenging 5k cross country course. Our first finisher this week was Brian Guilfoyle in 22.21, with Tony Corcoran in 24th place in 24.20 and David Thornton not far behind in 37th place in a solid 25.51. Rose Dalton was our first lady finisher in 34.51 and Audrey Corcoran ran the course in 39.14. Others who ran on the day were Donall Dunne and Donal Branigan.
Popular club member Suzanne McCabe was our sole entrant in the Lismullin NS 10k road race last Sunday. McCabe, who's made a steady comeback after injury coped well with this rather hilly course and crossed the line in 50.53 which put her in 53rd place.
Marathon man Gerard Fay was in action at the weekend when he ran not one but two Marathons! Fay ran 4.26 for the Tralee International Marathon on Saturday and incredibly ran 6.10 for a second Marathon the following day on the same course.
Club News 13th March 2017
With the cross country season well and truly over, quite a few of our athletes made the short journey to Bohermeen, County Meath to take part in this year's Meath Spring 10k and Half Marathon road races. Conditions on the day were mild but the swirling wind was to make things difficult for the runners in the longer event run over two laps of an undulating circuit.
In the 10k race, Stephen Kelly produced a fine run to finish 3rd overall in a new Pb time of 34.34, with club mate Shane Larkin not far behind in 5th place in 35.34. Paddy Murphy struggled a bit in the wind but still ran a solid 40.26 for the distance. Roger Tegert won a first in category prize when finishing in 42nd place in 42.54. Conor Cooney placed 2nd in his category with his run of 45.21 and should go well in the up coming Berlin Half Marathon. For our ladies, first home was Gillian Fitzpatrick who couldn't stop smiling as she ran a new Pb time of 48.41. Jane Glynn ran 51.20 and finished in 124th place.
In the Half Marathon, Colin Leonard ran a controlled race to finish in 83rd place overall in a fast 1.27.27 against some good opposition. Next in was Gerry Mullins who was 242nd in a fine 1.37.32 with David Shiel who struggled on this occasion just behind in 1.37.56. Club juvenile coach Paul Barrell ran well to finish in 1.47.19.
Niamh Matthews was our first lady finisher in 1.53.24, with Katja O'Shea a little further back in 1.55.40. Also running were Theresa Eccles 2.07.59 and David Rothwell 1.58.37.
The legend that is Nuala Reilly made the long journey to the tiny village of Ballycotton in Cork for last Sunday's 10 mile road race. Without a doubt this is Ireland's most popular 10 mile race and attracts a field of very high class runners over all the age categories. Reilly was really up against it on this occasion as she was competing against Christine Kennedy who for many years was the star female athlete on the American road racing circuit. Nevertheless, Reilly put in a fabulous run to cover the rather hilly and windswept course in a lively 1.13.51 to take second place in her category to Kennedy. Also running in the men's race was David Walsh who finished 83rd in 59.15.
Well done to Tadgh Donnelly and Oliver Clutterbuck who competed in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship last Saturday in Mallusk, Belfast. Both athletes gave a good account of themselves against the very best juvenile runners in the country. Donnelly ran well to finish 59th in the Intermediate Boys 5200m event. Clutterbuck finished 59th in the Minor Boys 2500m race.
Brian Martin celebrated his 35th birthday and entering the Masters category by winning last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun. Martin, who's running very well at the moment raced round the challenging 5k course in an impressive 17.44. Further back in 83rd place were Jos Haak who ran 35.10 and Donal Branigan who finished 88th in 36.07. For our ladies, first home was Laura Roche in 19th place in 23.29 and not far behind was Edel Smith who was 40th in 25.54.
Kevin Clancy took a few minutes off work while in Westport and finished 3rd in the Parkrun there in a speedy 18.05 and is showing some good form for the road racing season ahead.
Jacqueline Gill had a solid run to finish 21st in the Louth Development 5k in Darver last Saturday. Gill's finishing time of 24.55 earned her a first in category prize.
Club News 5th March 2017
Last Sunday saw some of Drogheda and District's finest track athletes travel to Athlone for the National Masters Indoor Track Championships. The venue for this year's Championships was perfect for some fast running and our athletes didn't disappoint their supporters on the day.
First up in the shortest event of the day the 60 metres sprint were Frank Cruise and Karl Carton. Cruise, who's running well at the moment ran a fine 8.66 to win the bronze medal and later in the day Cruise ran a perfect bend to finish 3rd in his 200m event in a fast 28.97. Carton was unlucky not to medal in the 60m when finishing fourth in 8.05, but a few hours later had reason to smile as he claimed a National silver medal when finishing second in his 200m event in 26.31.
In the 400m, run over two laps, Roisin Coade ran a fine race but had to be content with fourth place on this occasion when finishing in 65.64 to some good class opposition. Andrea McCabe went one place better when picking up a bronze medal in her W3 400m in 79.17. Club sprint coach Gerry O'Connor ran well and finished 5th in his 400m event in a lively 60.44.
Kieran McGrath put in a terrific performance in his M1 800m race against some top class opposition. Going through the first lap in 65 seconds meant that this race was going to come down to a bunch sprint over the last 200m. Mcgrath wasn't found wanting when the questions were asked and he unleased a terrific sprint finish to win a silver medal in 2.04.39.
Running in the Men's 1500m races were Mark O'Shea and Shane Larkin. O'Shea normally runs the 800m event but decided to race the longer event to test his form for the up coming World Masters Championships in Seoul, Korea. O'Shea ran a perfect tactical race to win his event in a very fast 4.11, a mere one second off the national record. Larkin, small in stature but huge in heart ran his usual gun to tape race and was rewarded with a new Pb time of 4.39 when finishing 5th in his race.
Our sole entrant in the ladies 1500m was Mary Leech who was up against some really useful national class runners. Leech is blessed with a tremendously fluid running style and a very astute tactical awareness which she needed on this occasion. This race really was nip and tuck all the way as the lead changed places several times between the leading runners which included Leech. With less than a lap to go, Leech put in a great effort to secure second place when crossing the line in a fast 4.48.77, less than a second behind the winner.
In the longest event of the day, the 3000m, Pamela Howard produced the goods when it mattered to finish 3rd in her W1 race in a fine 10.44 against some pretty tough opposition and she'll definitely run well on the roads this year.
Perhaps the race of the day was the rematch between Yasmin Canning and Ciara O'Reilly over the 3000m distance. Having lost out to Canning for a bronze medal at last week's Leinster Championships by a mere two seconds, this race was the one to see. With over twenty quality runners and a staggered start, getting round these 15 laps wasn't going to be easy. Once the gun went the race was on in earnest, as indoor track racing is all about taking up a good race position and defending it. Over the next twelve laps Canning and O'Reilly constantly overtook each other as they now occupied third and fourth places and the race for the precious medal was coming down to the wire. Canning pushed hard with three laps to go and opened up a gap on O'Reilly which she held to the finish. Unfortunately Canning was passed by another athlete on the last lap and had to be content with fourth place on this occasion in a fine 11.20 with O'Reilly tiring but still running a solid 11.27 to finish fifth.
Well done to David Birch and Helga McDonnell who made the long journey to the Kinvara Half Marathon and 10k road race last Sunday. Birch put in a solid performance to run the Half Marathon in 1.47.33, with McDonnell running 55.23 for the shorter 10k event.
Best of luck to Tadgh Donnelly and Oliver Clutterbuck who are taking part in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Mallusk this coming weekend. Clutterbuck will run in the Minor event, with Donnelly running in the Intermediate race later in the day.
There were some fine performances by our athletes at last week's Oldbridge Parkrun. Stephen Kelly ran hard right from the gun and covered the ground really well as he raced round the course in a new Pb time of 17.37. Young Tadgh Donnelly,who is a real find for our club was next in 2nd place with Robbie Caffrey third in 19.26. Others who ran included David Thornton 32nd in 27.23 and Dominic Fagan 52nd in 31.38. Our ladies were represented by Trish Stuart and Jacinta Kenneally who both ran well.
Club News 26th February 2017
Last Weekend's Leinster Senior and Masters Indoor Track Championships held in Abbotstown proved to be a happy hunting ground for some of our athletes. The last three months have been all about peaking for these events. Mary Leech and Kieran McGrath both chose to run out of their age groups and took part in the Senior races as they sharpen up for next week's National Championships. Leech ran a very fine 4 minutes 50 seconds when finishing 6th in her 1500m race, despite being boxed in at the start. McGrath, who's having a great early season ran a terrific race to finish 6th in his 800m in a new indoor Pb of 2.00.82.
Orla O'Connor had a great day at the office as she finished 3rd in her Senior Ladies 800m in 2.17, the race was won by Ciara Mageehan who's run in the Rio Olympics. A short time later, O'Connor produced a great run to win silver in her 400m race in a speedy 60.79 seconds.
In the longest event of the day, the ladies 3000m, Yasmin Canning and Ciara O'Reilly had a terrific battle as they both fought it out for the bronze medal over 15 laps of the 200m track. it really was nip and tuck all the way, with Canning only opening a small 2 seconds gap on the last lap which she held to the finish when crossing the line in 11 minutes 20 seconds, a new indoor Pb by 6 seconds. O'Reilly also ran a new Pb time for the distance.
Frank Cruise did a treble of sorts when winning his O55 200m race against some pretty good opposition. Earlier in the day Cruise had finished 2nd in his 60m and 400m events.
Also doing the double was Roisin Coade who was second in her 200m in a fast 29 seconds and later in the day she won another silver medal in her 400m event in 65.9.
Fellow sprinter Karl Carton ran well to get up for 2nd place in his 60m. Andrew Kelly scorched round the track to run a lively 24.2 for his 200m event and just missed out on making the final by a mere tenth of a second.
Others who ran well included Hugh Callan who ran a fast 55.25 for his Senior men's 400m race. Gerry O'Connor, the sprint coach ran a solid 60 seconds dead when finishing fourth in his race.
Athletics Leinster, Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships, National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown Well done to all who took part in the Leinsters at the NIA last Saturday, in particular Sam O'Neill who picked up another championship medal when finishing second in his 1500m race against good class opposition. Young Tadgh Donnelly also had a great run to finish fifth in his 1500m race in a fast 4.30.34. Our Juveniles were competing in four of the sprint relays, some of them running in their first competitive race for the club. U19 Boys 1500m 2 Sam O'Neill 4.23.52 U16 Boys 1500m 5 Tadgh Donnelly 4.30.34 U16 Girls 1500m 11 Abigail Tegart 5.52.43 14 Moya McCabe 6.02.07 U18 Girls 4x200m Heat 1 Drogheda & District AC 2.13.40 U17 Girls 4x200m Drogheda & District AC 2.12.46.
Duleek and District 5k.
A torrential burst of rain just before the start of this year's race failed to dampen the spirits of our latest couch 2 5k crew who were taking part in their first 5k race. Our first time racer's were in great shape and well motivated by lead coach Colin Cuffe who's done a great job in preparing this group in excess of forty runners. Despite the swirling wind all of our participants got round the course in no real distress and have promised to come back for more!
At the sharp end of the field, a great battle was taking place between the pocket rocket Shane Larkin and Brian Martin. Coming into the home straight with both runners shoulder to shoulder, Larkin unleashed his trademark sprint finish to open up a slight gap and come home 3 seconds clear of Martin in a fine 17.28, good enough for 6th place overall. With Martin 7th in 17.30 and Colm Reilly 19th in 18.38, our Men's team finished in 3rd place in the team category. Colin Leonard had a fine run to finish 26th in 19.12 given that he had raced a 5k the previous day.
Category prize winners included Nuala Reilly who finished 3rd overall in the Ladies race and Conor Cooney who won his Men's O60 category. Martin Russell was 2nd in his category in 22.18 and Mike Staunton 3rd in 23.48.
Well done to our training buddy Barry Donovan who finished 2nd overall in a speedy 16.10.
Fitzer's Rehab 5k Dundalk.
Stephen Floyd had the run of the day at last Saturday's 5k road race. Floyd ran hard and fast right from the gun and was rewarded with his first sub 19 minutes time for this distance. Some other good performances came from :
10 Colm Reilly 00:18:23 12 John Reilly 00:18:25 17 Colin Leonard 00:18:51 18 Stephen Floyd 00:18:54 58 Declan Macmahon 00:21:48 71 Ron Knowles 00:22:12 139 Siobhan Redmond 00:26:25 154 Sharon Finn 00:27:2.
Little Athletics: A small but brand new and important chapter in DDAC's history took place last Saturday morning, with our first ever little athletes training session taking place in Congress Avenue school. Here's hoping it's a successful chapter for the kids and the club. We can't wait to see the first of our 8-11 year olds lining up in club colours once they are ready in a couple of months time. Exciting times!
Club News 12th February 2017
Last Sunday saw Drogheda and District's leading lady athletes make the long journey to Waterford for the National Masters Cross Country Championships. Conditions on the day were extremely harsh with a biting wind which never seemed to be on the runner's back. This year's course could only be described as challenging to say the least with a seriously steep hill to be climbed on each of the three laps. Once the gun went, Pamela Howard lost no time in taking up a position in the leading pack and although the pace was fierce she was determined to stay there. Running like a woman possessed, Howard stuck gamely to her task, running side by side with many national class athletes, including former Dublin Marathon winner Pauline Curley. Howard crossed the line a very tired but happy runner as she finished 3rd in her W35 category and 10th overall. Backed up by the strong running Mary Leech who was 25th and Yasmin Canning having a great run further back in 46th place, things were looking good in the team placings. Our fourth finisher was Ciara O'Reilly who struggled a bit on the day, as can happen, but her solid 70th place finish ensured that our club team finished in a very fine 5th place. The trio of Howard, Leech and Canning combined well with Dunleer's Karen Costello to win the bronze medals for third county team.
In the Men's race, Pat O'Grady was unlucky not to take home a bronze medal as he just lost out in a sprint finish for third place in his M55 category against some very good opposition. Likewise, Nuala Reilly also finished in the dreaded fourth place but as always delivered an honest run on the day.
Young Tadgh Donnelly produced the run of the day when he ran a superb race to come home winner of the U15 Boys title in the All Ireland B Cross Country Championships held earlier in the day. Donnelly is a real find for our club and this really was a sparkling run from one so new to athletics.
Cormac Canning also produced a strong run when finishing 11th in the U17 Boys despite being a year out of his age group.
There were some good performances from our Juvenile athletes at Last Sunday's Leinster Indoor Championships held in Athlone.
Competing well but more importantly gaining valuable experience were Ben Egan and Harry Caffrey who took part in the 200m, with Caffrey also competing in the long jump for the first time.
The previous day, Oliver Clutterbuck finished a fine 7th place in his first outing over 800m. Robbie Caffrey was also 7th in his U18 800m and Lauren Hussey Smith was 5th in her first race over the 60m distance.
A large number of our Athletes took part in this year's Erin's run held in Termonfechin last Saturday. First male runner home in 3rd place was Brian Martin in a fine 17:04. Not far behind was the pocket rocket Shane Larkin who was fourth in 17:18. The run of the day belonged to Stephen Floyd who ran a very well judged race to finish 9th overall in a fast 19:18. Also running well were Rob Power, Jackser Reilly and Stephen Geraghty.
For our ladies, first home was young Abi Tegert who ran a fine 21:55 for the distance. Others who ran well included Edel Victory, Siobhan Shortt and Mary Toner.
Nuala Reilly won her category and came 21st overall at last Friday's BHAA Garda Cross Country race in the Phoenix Park.
At last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun David Birch had reason to smile as he recorded a new Pb time of 22:28 when finishing 14th overall. First home for our ladies was Laura Roche who finished in 29th place in 23:44. Popular club member Mary McGreehan, who coaches our fit for youth section made a welcome return to racing when finishing 32nd in 24:26.
Erin Mchugh produced a fine run when finishing 23rd in the Malahide Parkrun in a new Pb time of 19:48.
Club News 5th February 2017
A beautiful Spring day greeted the runners as they lined up for this year's Ras Na hEireann which was held on the magnificent Oldbridge estate. This year's course stayed in the lower fields which made for perfect viewing for the many spectators who attended this very popular event. In the Ladies 3k race, run over two laps, Yasmin Canning and Ciara O'Reilly were well positioned as the leading runners made their way out onto the last lap. Canning, who's now reaping the rewards of her Marathon training put in a strong last 400m to win her category. O'Reilly passed two of her opponents on the run in to secure second in the Ladies O40 race. Others who ran well included Barbara Byrne, Edel Smith and Jane Glynn.
In the Men's Senior race which was run over 6k, D&D's team of Stephen Kelly, Shane Larkin, Robbie Caffrey and Pat O'Grady packed well to finish second in the team event. Kelly had a sparkling run to finish fourth overall and also won the M40 category. Other category prize winners included Shane Larkin, third in the M40, and Paddy Murphy who ran well to take third place in the M50 section. Colm Reilly, John Hough and Roger Tegert also put in good performances but didn't figure in the placings on this occasion.
The future of our club, our Juvenile athletes had a good day at the office with our U17 girls team of Abiligail Tegert, Moya McCabe, Kate O'Reilly and Mags Kafe winning gold in the team event.
In the Boys U17 race, young Tadgh Donnelly who is a real find for our club put in a great run to win the race in fine style with Cormac Canning who's recovering from a throat infection further back in second place.
Last Sunday saw over twenty of our members make the short trip to Trim, County Meath for the annual running of their very popular 10 mile road race. Conditions on the day were perfect for distance running with little or no wind but the temperature on the start line was a chilly zero degrees. With over 1300 participants in this year's race, category prizes weren't going to come easy. Colin Leonard, who's only recently joined the club showed us what he's capable of when he crossed the line in a fast 1.04.49 with no visible distress. David Shiel, who's coming into form ran a solid 1.08.33 with Jackser Reilly next in 1.13.10. Conor Cooney and Frank McCarthy both used their experience to cover the course well and should go well in the up coming Berin Half Marathon which they've entered.
It's hard to put into words just how good Nuala Reilly's run was yesterday. O' Reilly, who's enthusiasm for running knows no bounds, stormed up the hills on the back section of the course and finished strongly to record 1.12.29 for the distance. O'Reilly's time was not only good enough for her to win her O60 category but was also a faster winning time than the O50 Ladies winner. Michelle Hughes ran a controlled race to finish in 1.13.11 and couldn't stop smiling afterwards. Others who ran well included Carmel Keenan 1.18.29, Niamh Matthews 1.26.01 and Joanne Weston 1.29.03.
There were some top class performances by our members at the AAI Indoor Games which were held at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown. These National class events are vital for our athletes as its here that they are testing themselves against the best that Ireland has to offer.
Mark O'Shea continues to shine as he won his heat of the 800m in a fast 2.02.35 against some good class opposition. Orla O'Connor also raced well and finished a strong second in 2.22.52.
Pamela Howard, who's made a very sensible come back from injury ran an eye opening 10.42 for her 3000m race, a welcome return to form and well deserved. Mary Leech also put down a good early season marker when running a fast 4.53.12 for her 1500m race.
In the shorter 400m event, Hugh Callan had a superb run to finish second in his race in a sparkling time of 55.08. Gerry O'Connor ran a solid race to finish fourth in his 400m race in 1.01.32.
In the longest event of the day, the Men's 3000m, young Sam O'Neill ran a useful 9.38.50 and gained valuable experience for the future.
Well done to popular club member Gerry Mulins who ran in the John Treacy 10 mile road race in Dungarvan last Sunday. Mullins, who's still recovering from his recent Marathon run in Florida ran 73.55 for the distance.
Prolific racer Nuala Reilly won her category at last Saturday's BHAA Garda cross country race held in the Phoenix Park.
Club News 29th January 2017
Last Sunday's Raheny 5 mile road race attracted a field of almost four thousand runners to toe the line for one of the best organised races in Ireland. More than sixty of our members took part in this year's event and conditions on the day were cold and wet. Getting a good start is vital in this event which has a couple of very tight corners to be negotiated early on and is not for the faint hearted.
The pocket rocket Shane Larkin had the run of the day when finishing in 75th place overall in a fast 28.07. Larkin ran hard in a controlled way from gun to tape to finish just ahead of Catherina McKieran who's making a comeback to Irish Athletics. Stephen Duggan was next home in 152nd place in 29.30, with Ruaidhri Nolan not far behind in 29.50. One man who had reason to smile was popular club member Paddy Murphy who took a massive 40 seconds off his Pb time when finishing in 31.44. Like his club mate Larkin, Murphy is small in stature but huge in heart and really put the work in to get this great result. Other good performances on the day came from David Shiel 32.15, Rob Power 33.31, and Stephen Floyd 33.10.
For our ladies, first home was prolific racer Nuala Reilly who ran a fine 35.38 for the distance and yet finished in 676th place such was the standard. Yvonne McMahon had a solid run to finish in 38.28 with Kerry Tully not far behind in 38.50. New club captain Jane Glynn ran 42.48 and was closely followed by Edel Smith in 42.50. Others who ran well included Sinead Shaw, Ellen O'Connor and Martina O'Connor Dyas.
There were some very encouraging early season performances at last Saturday's AIT National League Round 2 in Athlone.
New Irish Master's record holder Mark O'Shea had a thrilling race with club mate Kieran McGrath and at the finish McGrath just pipped O'Shea by a mere four one hundreth's of a second in 2.02.82 to 2.02.86.
Orla O'Connor showed that she's wintered well when finishing fifth in her heat in a fast 2.20.95. Mary Leech put in a fine early season run on the boards when placing eighth in her heat in 4.53.7.
Some of our Sprint group members went very well with Hugh Callan running a fast 55.23 for third place in his heat of the 400m. Gerry O'Connor ran well and finished fifth in his heat in 60.58. In the shorter 200m event, Frank Cruise ran 29.76 when finishing third in his race and Andrea McCabe placed fourth in her event in 33.9.
Some of our Juvenile members were in action last Friday at the North Leinster Schools Cross Country in ALSAA.
Those who qualified for the Leinster Schools CC were Oliver Clutterbuck who finished fifth in the Minor Boys 1500m and Tadgh Donnelly 9th in the Inter Boys 4500m. Donnelly and fellow club mate Ben Egan who finished 54th were running a year out of their age group.
Sam O'Neill also qualified when he finished 12th in the Senior Boys 5500m, with Robbie Caffrey in 18th place and Sonny Doyle in 30th place.
Some other good performances were Kate O'Reilly 20th in the Junior Girls 2500m, with Moya McCabe 23rd and Una McGreehan O'Grady 57th.
Lee McGuinness got his indoor season off to a good start when placing second in his heat at the National Juniors Last Sunday. Running at the AIT Arena in Athlone, his time of 23.06 just missed out on a place in the final.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun saw two of our members record new Pb times for this challenging 5k course. David Birch ran well to finish 14th in 23:08, while Deirdre Kennedy ran 31:06 for the course and finished in 81st place. Aimee Corcoran won the ladies race when finishing 19th overall in 23:41. First home for our men this week was Tony Corcoran who finished 9th overall in 22:39.
Club News 22nd January 2017
Last weekend proved to be a quiet one on the racing front for Drogheda and District as most of our members are running the Raheny 5 mile road race this coming Sunday. This is the 33rd running of this event which was founded by two time Irish Olympian Pat Hooper. Hooper in his day was a top class Marathon runner and he always manages to attract some big names to this race which has huge standing among Irish club runners. With the heavy Winter miles beginning to ease up a little, next week's race should let the club coaches know who has Wintered well and is in the mix for selection for the up coming National Masters Cross Country Championships.
Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly, two of Irish running's most prolific racer's were in action at the weekend. A cold frosty morning greeted the dynamic duo as they lined up for the BHAA 5 mile cross country race held in Cherryfield, Dublin. The course was in great condition which allowed for some fast running and Reilly lost no time in making her presence known in the leading pack. The next two miles were all about hard sustained running and Reilly didn't disappoint as she crossed the line to win her category in the ladies two mile event.
Conor Cooney is showing the benefits of his consistent training sessions in Meadowview, Cooney produced a very solid run to record 35:40 for the distance, good running over the country. Cooney will be entering a new age category soon and will be well up there will the sharp racer's. Also running were Gerry Mullins and Duxie Dunne, these three combined well to take second prize in the team category.
The Winter series of track races held at the ALSAA Complex in Dublin tempted two of our members to run. Competing in last Wednesday's 3000m race were Frank Brady and Christy Duffy. This venue tends to be rather windswept and times are normally slowed by the prevailing winds. Nevertheless, Duffy put in a good performance to record 12:36 for the distance, with Brady who wasn't having a good run further back in 13:03.
It wouldn't be Saturday without the Oldbridge Park Run. This very popular event continues to attract many of our members to tackle the challenging 5k cross country course. Linda Cruise and Elva Maree both had reason to smile as they ran new Pb times for the course. Cruise ran a nice 25:08 while Maree ran 25:31. Also running on the day were Patrick Ward, our first finisher in 23:03 and Laura Roche who ran 24:37.
Club News 16th January 2017
The beautiful village of Dunboyne, County Meath, was the venue for last Sunday's Leinster Masters Cross Country Championships. Weather conditions on the day were near perfect for this time of year but the course left a lot to be desired. The 2k lap was very bumpy with large tufts of grass and wasn't for the faint hearted.
The first event of the day was the ladies 4k race run over two laps.
D&D's club team consisted of Pamela Howard, Ciara O'Reilly, Michelle Hughes and Nuala Reilly. Once the gun went, Howard lost no time in making her way into the leading group as they made their way out on the first lap. Running to a steady tempo and sticking to her race plan certainly paid off for Howard as she put in a great last lap to finish 7th overall and second in her age category. Backed up by the strong running Ciara O'Reilly who was hanging on for dear life on the second lap, with Hughes and Nuala Reilly not far back, our team combined well to win silver in the club team category. This really was Howard's day as she was also part of the scoring County team which took home the gold medals. Nuala Reilly was also part of the scoring county team in the over 50 category which won silver in the team event.
In the Men's 6k race which was run over three laps, Stephen Geraghty put in a great performance to finish 15th overall and 5th in his category against some good class opposition. The pocket rocket Shane Larkin, who always seems to run well had a decent run to finish in 55th place overall. Our Men's over 50 team of Conor Cooney, Kevin Clancy, David Rodgers and Martin Reilly competed well but didn't figure in the placings on this occasion.
Popular club member Mark O'Shea got his indoor season off to a flying start at the National Indoor League in Athlone last Sunday. Running in his speciality event, the 800m, O'Shea delivered a top class performance to break the M45 Irish record of 2:02:45 with a 2:01:49 clocking (subject to ratification). O'Shea's team mate, Kieran McGrath also put in a storming last lap to finish a mere second behind in a fast 2:02:88. McGrath possesses incredible strength to go with his natural speed and will go well under the two minute mark come the Summer outdoor season.
The future of our club, our Junior's had a really good day at the office.
Young James Nolan put in a terrific run to record a new Pb time of 2:04:61 for his 800m race. Nolan ran smoothly and efficently and is definitely one to watch out for in the future. Cormac Canning also ran well in Heat 4 of his 800m race and finished fifth in 2:08:45, just half a second behind was Robbie Caffrey in 2:09:41 who's developing into a fine athlete.
Two of D&D's finest lady runners were in action in Athlone.
Running in Heat 1 of the 800m against very good opposition was Orla O'Connor. O'Connor is blessed with a tremendously fluid running style and really has the hunger back for this type of running. Going through the first lap in a fast time, O'Connor hung onto the leading group and put in a strong final 200m to finish 6th in 2:21:21.
Also running in Heat 2 of the ladies 800m was Mary Leech.
Leech is a superbly talented athlete who isn't afraid to put in the hard work necessary to progress at this level in her chosen sport. In the last year, Leech has won a National title over 1500m and also represented her country on an Irish cross country team. Running in what many would consider to be too short a distance for her, Leech put in a good performance to finish 6th in her race in 2:25:07.
Gerry O'Connor also ran well when finishing 5th in his Heat of the 800m in a decent 2:22:75.
Club News 8th January 2017
BHAA Bank of Ireland Cross Country, Tymon Park Three of our members who weren't resting up were Nuala Reilly, Conor Cooney and Jim Nolan. All three decided to take part in the Bank of Ireland sponsered cross country race in Tymon Park, Tallaght, last Saturday. Reilly put in a sparkling run over a course that was in great condition to cross the line first when winning her category in the ladies two mile race. Conor Cooney, strengthened by some long runs put in a big effort in the men's four mile event and was rewarded for his efforts with a first in category prize. Jim Nolan was going well and making some good ground on the runners ahead until some confusion over the number of remaining laps disrupted his race plan. Nevertheless Nolan ran hard over the last lap and gained vital experience for the future.
Orlando Disneyland Marathon Popular club member Gerry Mullins made the longest journey of all our athletes last weekend as he was taking part in the Orlando Marathon in Florida. Despite the very early start time of 5.30 am and an unusually cold temperature of minus 1 degrees Mullins put in a good performance on the day. Running in near darkness for the first two hours of the race, Mullins got into a good rhythm and consistently churned out the miles at an even pace. The plan paid off as Mullins crossed the line in 3 hours 40 minutes with no visible distress.
Oldbridge Parkrun. Last Saturday saw a return to business for some of our regulars at the Oldbridge Parkrun. Run over a rather challenging and at sometimes slippy 5k course, this race continues to hold it's appeal with our members. Running well this week were Patrick Ward who finished in 26th place overall in 24:03, a mere three seconds ahead of club mate Ron Knowles in 24:06. Ged Kenny had a nice run to finish in 29:18. For our ladies, first home was Laura Roche in 25:15. Next in were Sinead McGuinness in 66th place in 28:00, just ahead of Siobhan Redmond one place behind in 28:04. Others who ran included Ciara Byrne, Deirdre Kennedy and Noreen Burke.
Club News 1st January 2017
Drogheda and District's new year resolution is a simple one, to be the best that we can be in 2017! To achieve this, the backroom boys, the coaches and members of the athletic committee descended into the Director of Coaching's Bunker and weren't coming out until the plan was tweaked to perfection. Armed with the all important piece of paper, Declan Monaghan revealed the plan to the eagerly awaiting Athletes gathered at the trackside. For the next three months, the various groups will diversify their training in order to target the Leinster Indoor Track Championships, and the Road group will focus on 5k/10k training. Both groups will then turn their attention to the National Road Relays in April in a bid to bring home National gold medals having finished runner up last year in the ladies team event. This really is an exciting time for what is the fastest growing running club in Ireland. The hard work needed to succeed begins in earnest this coming week and if you'd like to be part of this dynamic club then come along to one of our training sessions and have a chat with us.
Robbie Byrne 5k With Christmas time normally being quiet on the athletic front, some of our members travelled to Navan on St. Stephen's day to compete in the Robbie Byrne 5k road race. Conditions on the day were perfect for fast running and John Reilly didn't disappoint as he sped round the course in a fast 18:24. Reilly's time was good enough for 19th place overall and earned him a second in Category prize. Conor Cooney put it up to some of the young guns and recorded 20:49 for the distance while finishing second in his Category. Michelle Hughes was our first lady finisher in 57th place in a solid 20:27 and was also second in her Category. The ever present Nuala Reilly took first place in her Category with a fine run of 22:43. Others who ran well on the day included Stephen Geraghty, Carmel Keenan and Jackser Reilly.
Clonliffe Harriers Christmas Cracker 5k With over sixty races run this year, the Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin didn't disappoint as he ran two 5k races over the Christmas period. In the Clonliffe Harriers Christmas Cracker 5k, Larkin ran an excellent 17:30 for the distance given the nature of the course. Larkin's time was good enough to earn him a second in Category prize in the Men's Over 40 section.
Tom Brennan 5k On New Year's Day,at the Tom Brennan 5k Road Race in The Phoenix Park, Larkin was back in action when finishing third in his Category in 17:57. Jacqueline Gill ( 22:24 ) and Gerard Fay ( 26:27 ) also ran well.
6k a Day Popular club member Stephen Geraghty completed a rather unusual athletic challenge on New Year's Eve when he ran his 365th consecutive 6k run without missing a day! Joined by many of his club mates, his last 6k run was an easy paced lap over Oldbridge Estate. In his bid to raise some funds for a local charity, Geraghty overcame the pain of a broken rib and the dreaded Man flu to complete his challenge.
Parkrun Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun saw four of our members set new personal best times for this rather challenging 5k cross country course. Ron Knowles ran a solid 23:27 for the distance and not far behind him was Paul Barrell who got round the course in 23:52. For our ladies, Mary Reilly had reason to smile with her new Pb of 35:32. Paula O'Brien got in on the act too as she set a new Pb of 36:14. Others who ran included Martin Woods, Ged Kenny and Siobhan Redmond.
Club News 19th December 2016
Inaugural Drogheda & District AC Christmas 5k The weather God's really were shining on us last Sunday morning for the first running of our Christmas 5k road race. Run over what many believe is the flattest course it is possible to get in Drogheda, talk of fast times could be heard. The starting field of over five hundred runners, many of them in fancy dress, completely filled the home straight of our magnificent tartan track. The atmosphere on the start line was electric and once the gun went the lead runners lost no time in getting down to business. With just over three hundred metres of the race run, eventual winner Colin Maher was already pushing hard as the runners left the Stadium for the open road. A mere fifteen minutes later Maher ran onto the track looking fresh and full of running, a storming last lap saw him cross the line a worthy winner in a fast 15:00. Half a minute later came Darragh Green in 15:28, with Brian McCloskey third in 15:44. First home for Drogheda and District was David Walsh who finished seventh in 16:30, just eight seconds ahead of Brian Martin in eighth place in 16:38. Young Sam O'Neill had a real battle with Stephen Kelly but got the better of him on the run in to finish tenth in 17:04 while Kelly finished twelfth in 17:16. Kieran McGrath and Shane Larkin both produced good run's finishing in 17:27 and 17:35 respectively. Men's race winner Colin Maher was later presented with a beautiful silver salver sponsored by well known local athlete Liam Reilly, in honour of Paddy Balfe and Father Kevin Connolly who were synonymous with the Lourdes Stadium. In the ladies race, Pamela Howard produced the run of the day to finish second in a fast 18:50. Howard really was up against good class opposition as race winner Ciara Durkin recently ran for Ireland in an International competition. Erin McHugh was next in for our ladies in 21:57 with the ever present Nuala Reilly not far behind in 22:25. Category first prize winners included Pat O'Grady and Nuala Reilly. Silver medal winners in their categories were Kevin Clancy, Abigail Tegart and Margaret McAuley. Conor Cooney ran well to finish third in his category. Drogheda and District also won first team prize in the men's and women's events. The real winners on the day were perhaps our couch to 5k crew who overcame all the doubts and managed to complete the course with no major distress. Drogheda and District would like to thank the many sponsors who's support enabled this year's race to take place.
Parkrun Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted eight of our members to toe the line for this popular 5k cross country event. Sprint group member Hugh Callan, who's in great form at the moment, scorched round the course in a very impressive new Pb time of 19:56. Callan's time was good enough for third place overall. Jos Haak also had a good run to record a new Pb of 28:27. First home for our ladies was Jacqueline Gill who placed 35th in 26:37. Having a real battle were Lisa Crocock and Mary Toner, Crocock's time of 27:55 saw her finish a mere five seconds ahead of Toner who ran 28:00. Also running well were Dominic Fagan and Jennifer Holmes.
Club News 12th December 2016
he National Novice Cross Country Championships took place last Sunday in Dundalk. The venue for this year's race were the rolling fields next to the DKIT College. Conditions on the day were perfect for fast running and the 6k course was well set up for the viewing spectators. Running for D&D were Brian Martin, David Walsh and Shane Larkin. Our lads were really up against it on this occasion as they were running against some top class opposition who will undoubtedly win National medals in future years. David Walsh used his experience to get away well at the start, which is vitally important in these Championship events. The next 6k was all about hard sustained running and Walsh crossed the line in 69th place in an impressive 21:00 for what is considered a very accurate course. Club mate Brian Martin had a different kind of race. Boxed in at the start and unable to get a clear run, Martin had to make up for some lost ground as he gradually but sensibly moved up through the field. Martin finished in 74th place overall in 21:05. Such was the standard on the day, that although Martin was only five seconds behind Walsh, there were five runners between them at the finish, that's one per second! The Pocket Rocket Shane Larkin, who is a prolific racer these days and who always seems to run well placed 139th on this occasion.
The future of Drogheda and District, our Juveniles were well represented in the uneven age groups. The run of the day had to belong to young Sam O'Neill. Running in the Under 19 6k race against the cream of Irish Junior Athletics, O 'Neill ran hard and fast right from the start. Covering the ground with a very economical running style, he pushed on hard and crossed the line in 29th place overall. This really was a terrific run for O'Neill and he's one to watch out for in future years.
In the Boys Under 17 5k race, Cormac Canning and Robbie Caffrey were running on the Leinster team. Canning, who was running a year out of his age group had a superb run to finish in 44th place overall in 16:58. Another year will see Canning well up in the placings. Young Robbie Caffrey, who's getting better with every race, put in a fine performance to finish in 48th place in a fast 17:05, another guy to watch out for.
Also running was James Nolan who has the makings of a great runner. Unfortunately on this occasion Nolan had to retire from the race due to the effects of a heavy cold that's hampered his training lately.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted twelve of our members to run this challenging 5k cross country course. Three of our lady athletes had reason to smile as they recorded new Pb times for this very popular local race. First home of our Pb trio was Jeannine Richardson in 28th place overall in 25:10. Lisa Crocock was next in 27:41 with Siobhan Redmond nine seconds further back in 27:50.
In the men's race, Tony Corcoran one of our newest members ran very well to finish in 9th place overall in a solid 21:02. Declan McMahon covered the ground well and was happy with his 22:25 for the distance. Also running well were David Birch 25:52 and Niamh Matthews who ran 25:51.
All roads lead to the Lourdes Stadium for next Sunday's running of our Christmas 5k road race. Run over what is considered to be a fast course, this year's race will start and finish with a lap of our beautiful Tartan track. The atmosphere on the day should be electric with some fabulous last lap battles expected on the home straight. This year's event will be started by a well known but as yet unannounced celebrity.
Club News 5th December 2016
The last of the county Cross Country Championships took place last Sunday in Clonmore, Togher. Run over an unusually dry but nevertheless testing course, this year's races attracted a large number of athletes to take part. In the Ladies 3k event, Pamela Howard really put it up to the in form Karen Costello from Dunleer A.C. Going out on the last lap, Howard surged ahead and pushed hard in her attempt to open up a gap on her opponent. Costello who is very strong at the moment, chased her down and broke away over the hilly stretch at the back of the course to come home a worthy winner. Not far behind, the strong running Ciara O'Reilly was having to work hard to hold on to her fourth place as Yasmin Canning was closing quickly coming into the last field and the home straight. O'Reilly hung on for fourth by a mere two seconds and with Canning in fifth place and Nuala O'Reilly in tenth place, D&D won the ladies team event. Category prize winners in the Women's 35 were Pamela Howard first and in the Women's 40 Ciara O'Reilly was second with Yasmin Canning third. In the ladies 45 race Barbara Byrne ran well to finish third. Mary McDonnell won the W55 race with Deirdre McFerran third. Nuala Reilly won the W60 race with Margaret McAuley second and Margo Duffy third, picking up the team prize for their efforts. In the Men's 5k race, run over four laps of this testing course, Brian McCloskey raced away from the field right from the start. McCloskey came home an easy winner with twenty five seconds to spare over D&D's Stephen Kelly. Kelly and David Walsh, two of our Club's finest runners had a great tussle over this course with Kelly only opening up a slight gap going out on the last lap. Kelly finished strong in 17:38, just seven seconds ahead of Walsh in 17:45. Not far behind, Stephen Duggan finishing in seventh place in 18:49, followed by John Hough eighth in 19:10 meant that the team medals were secure. Kevin Clancy, a new member to our club ran a fine race to finish in ninth place overall in 19:12. Putting in quality runs were Brian Pentony, John Reilly and Paddy Murphy. Category prize winners in the Men's 45 were first John Reilly, second Robbie Maher and third Brian Pentony. Kevin Clancy won first place in his category in the Men's 50 race. In the Mens 55 race Jackser Reilly was second. Conor Cooney won his category in the Men's 60 race. In the Men's 60 race, Giancarlo Orlandi was first with Frank Brady second. Team prizes were won by D&D in the Mens 35 race, first and second team. In the Mens 50 race, D&D also did the double winning first and second team prizes.
The annual Jingle Bells 5k road race promoted by Donore Harriers took place last Saturday morning. Run over a lightening fast course, this race always attracts a large entry of quality athletes looking for fast times. Getting a decent start and establishing a good tempo early on can be so important in these shorter races. Pat O'Grady, still coming back to full fitness after being out injured ran hard and fast right from the gun. O'Grady who has a superb textbook running style ran an eye opening 16:41 for this year's race. Crossing the line in no visible distress, his finishing time of 16:41 earned him first place in the Men's over 55 category. A good Winter of uninterrupted training will see O'Grady challenge for a place on Irish Master's Teams. Also having a really good run was David Shiel, who's not long recovered from his Dublin Marathon run, his finishing time of 18:45 represents good running. Hugh Callan ran a new Pb of 19:02, a mere four seconds ahead of Thomas Farrelly who finished in 19:06. Club Captain Rob Power led by example and broke twenty minutes for the first time with a 19:54 run. First across the line for our ladies was Sinead Weldon in 22:23. Weldon has really improved as a runner this year and shows great promise. Next in was Linda Cruise and Gillian Farrelly who both ran a solid 23:08. Also running well were Helen Dillon 23:56, and Sinead Shaw 24:13.
A bit further from home taking part in the Clonakilty Half Marathon were Nuala Reilly, Julie Halton and Martina O'Connor Dyas. Reilly, still recovering from her Dublin Marathon run put in a good performance to win her category in a solid 1:43:29. Halton and Dyas decided to share the workload and crossed the line together in 2:11:15. In the full Marathon which took place on the same day Gerard Fay ran 5:33:17 for the very testing course. Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted five of our members to run this quite challenging 5k race. First home for D&D this week was Richard Cheevers who finished thirty fourth overall in 25:44. Our first female finished was Kasia Reynolds in 48th place in 30:06. Also running were Audrey O'Brien, Paula Floyd and Jos Haak.
Club News 28th November 2016
Last Sunday proved to be a real red letter day for Drogheda and District A.C. Taking part for the first time ever in the National Even Age Cross Country Championships were our under 18 boys team. The venue for this year's race was Santry Demense and the course to be covered was 6k of testing ground. Representing both D&D and the Leinster team were Sam O'Neill, Robbie Caffrey and James Nolan with Leo McClean making up the club team. This race which is always run at a furious pace was of a particularly high standard but O'Neill got stuck in right from the start. Hard sustained running is O'Neill's strong point and he raced well to cross the line in a very fast 20:57 to finish in a very creditable 30th place overall. Such was the standard, O'Neill was Leinster's sixth man home in the team event. Next in for our young guns was Robbie Caffrey who's really improved as an athlete this year. Caffrey ran very well to finish in 56th place in a fine 21:44. Not far behind and also going well was James Nolan who finished 66th in 22:03. Our fourth and oftentimes most important finisher was Leo McClean. McClean, who shows good promise as a runner finished in 119th place in 25:47, no mean running given the testing course. Our sole entrant in the Boys under 16 4k race was Cormac Canning. Canning has huge talent as a runner and a good racing brain to go with it. Getting off to a good start is so important in these races and the initial charge once the gun goes is not for the faint hearted. On this occasion some of the more fancied runners were boxed in early on and denied a clear run in the early stages. Nevertheless, Canning stuck gamely to his task and worked his way through the field. Canning raced on well to finish in 25th place, a huge improvement on his 45th placing last year. Much more important than the medals won at these events is the real learning of one's craft that takes place. Just like a piece of metal is strengthened in the furnace, the experience gained by these fine young runners in the heat of battle will stand to them in their future running careers. Canning, Nolan and Caffrey will get to put what they've learned to good use as they are part of the Leinster team which competes in the Uneven Age Championships which take place in two weeks time. In the senior Men's 10k event, the pocker rocket Shane Larkin put in a strong run when it mattered the most. Though small in stature, Larkin has a huge heart and is not scared to race right from the gun. Larkin covered the ground well to finished 141st overall in 39:38, good going over the country. Also taking part and well up in the placings was Barry Donovan who finished in 52nd place in a fast 33:48. Donovan is a member of Leevale A.C. but trains regularly with our members and has helped to raise the standard within our club. The recent mild weather made for good underfoot conditions at last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun. Stephen Duggan was using this race to gauge his fitness with only a week to go to the Louth Masters Cross Country Championship. Duggan had reason to be pleased as he raced round this rather challenging 5k course in an impressive 18:48, finishing fifth overall. Also running well was Bryan Harvey, perhaps better known as a tri athlete, Harvey has really improved his running since joining us. His thirteenth place finish in a decent 20:15 shows that he's in good form. Three of our lady runners were well pleased with their Pb runs, Mary McDonnell, Deirdre Kennedy and Deirdre Harmon all ran well to earn their new best times. Also running were Margo Duffy and Valerie Campbell. Colm Reilly, still recovering fron his recent Dublin Marathon run put in a good performance at the weekend. Running in the Castleblaney 5k, Reilly finished twelfth in a field of over four hundred in a solid 18:34. A little bit further from home, couch to 5k coach Colin Cuffe recently took part in the Las Vegas half Marathon. Despite the heat Cuffe ran the 13.1 mile distance in 1:58:23. Next Sunday the fourth of December sees the last of the county cross country championships take place in Togher at 12.00 pm. A huge entry is expected for the men's 5k race and competition will be fierce in the over 35 and over 50 categories.
Club News 21st November 2016
Louth Senior Cross Country Championships Drogheda & District’s magnificent new sports ground at Newtownstalaban was the venue for last Sunday’s Louth Senior Cross Country Championships. A bright clear sky and an air of frost on the beautiful parkland surface made for perfect running conditions. The atmosphere was electric as the athletes lined up for the Senior Ladies 6k race. Once the gun went, Karen Costello from Dunleer AC moved to the head of the field and started to force the pace. Close behind Drogheda’s Pamela Howard and Mary Leech matched each other stride for stride as they gradually opened the gap on the rest of the field. With four to score in the team event, a lot depended on the strong running of Ciara O’Reilly in 5th place and Yasmin Canning in 6th. The next four laps were all about hard sustained running as each athlete worked hard to hold their position. With Dunleer’s Costello a clear winner on this occasion, Howard took the silver with a tiring Leech taking bronze. Our ladies team packed well to finish in 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th to secure the ladies team prize. Also running well were Michelle Hughes finishing in 9th place, a mere 5 seconds ahead of Mags Nugent in 10th.
With 22 runners in the Senior Men’s 10k race, this high class field really was a sea of red. From an early stage it was clear that the team honours would go to Drogheda & District ahead of their main rivals North East Runners. The battle for individual placings made for an exciting race. Eventual winner Brian McCloskey from NER broke clear early on and established a lead that was never threatened. Having a great battle for second place were Mark O’Shea and Brian Martin. O’Shea put his track speed to good use on the final lap to take silver, just 5 seconds ahead of Martin in 3rd. With six to score in the men’s team event Stephen Kelly (4th), Colin Dyas (5th), David Walsh (6th) and Pat O’Grady (7th) all worked hard to hold their places and earn their medals. Our second men’s team took the bronze medals in the team event. This team consisted of Kieran McGrath (10th), Shane Larkin (11th), Robbie Maher (12th), Stephen Duggan (13th), John Hough (19th) and Eoin McGinn (20th). Some good performances on the day came from John Reilly, Delcan Monaghan, John Cooper and Hugh Callan.
Congratulations to Christy Duffy on running his 47th consecutive Louth Senior Cross Country Championship last Sunday. This must surely rank as a unique achievement in Irish distance running. Duffy says that he plans on extending his unbroken run for a further three years before retiring.
Three of our members made the short trip to Santry Demesne last Saturday and came away with a team prize. Competing in the BHAA 6k Irish Life Cross Country event were Conor Cooney, Gerry Mullins and Jim Nolan. Led home by Cooney these three packed well to finish well up in the field against good quality opposition. Nuala Reilly, our sole female entrant, ran well to win a first in category prize.
Last Saturday’s park run in Oldbridge tempted five of our members to toe the line. First home for Drogheda & District was Thomas Farrelly in 7th place with a new PB time of 21:09. Brian Guilfoyle, still recovering from his recent Dublin Marathon run finished 14th in 22:47. Edel Smith was our first lady finisher in 26:49. Also running well were Jos Haak and Donal Branningan.
Club News 13th November 2016
Two of Drogheda and District's finest athletes were in action last Saturday at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International. This top class event really is the athletic equivalent of Rugby's Triple Crown. The venue for this year's race was Tollcross Park in Glasgow. The course itself with its feriously steep hills would drive fear into the most hardened of athletes. First up to run was Mary Leech who had been selected to run for her country in the ladies over 40 6k event. Running against the cream of Masters distance runners, Leech got stuck in right from the start. The hurt caused by those hills was etched on her face as she made her way round this very unforgiving course. Encouraged on by the large contingent of club supporters, Leech pushed on and played her part in the Irish team winning the bronze medals against very tough opposition. Next up was the Women's over 60 race. Running for her country was Nuala Reilly. Reilly, short in stature but huge in heart is always guanteed to give of her best and produce the goods when it matters the most. This race was to prove no exception and she got down to business right from the gun. With each of the four girls on the team making their way at the head of the field, the Irish team combined well to win the gold medals. Reilly now has a unique set of gold, silver and bronze from these Championships over recent years. The future of any athletic club is in it's ability to recruit and retain the teenagers who will be the seniors in a few short years. Well the future certainly looks bright for us after last Sunday's Leinster Uneven Age Cross Country Championships. This year's events were held over a testing course in Tyrellspass, Westmeath. Running in the Boys U17 race, run over 5k were Cormac Canning, Robbie Caffrey and James Nolan. These three dedicated and hard working young athletes produced the run of the day and packed so well that all three finished within one second of each other! Canning and Caffrey couldn't be seperated and finished in sixth place. A mere one second behind in seventh place was young Nolan. By finishing in the top twelve, these three automatically qualify for the Leinster team to run in the National Championships in Dundalk on the 11th of December. In the Boys U19 6k race, Sam O'Neill put in a great effort to finish in 14th place and just miss out on qualifying for the National's. O'Neill, who has an abundance of talent was running out of his age group on this occasion and will get to run again in this event next year. Young Harry Caffrey also ran well against top class opposition to finish in 43rd place in a field of over 100 athletes.
Last Saturday's Annagassan 10k road race proved to be a good day out for some of our members. Conditions on the day were good and with a fast downhill start hopes of some fast times were high. Once the gun went, the pocket rocket Shane Larkin lost no time in making his way into the leading group of about twelve runners. Hanging on to the front runners certainly paid off for Larkin and despite the strong headwind on the final 5k stretch he crossed the line in a fast 37:23. Had there been no headwind Larkin would have broken the 37 minute mark. Also running well was Bernadette Matthews who was our first lady home in 46:24, picking up a second in category prize on the way. Yvonne McMahon had reason to smile as she finished third in her category in 48:10. Others who ran well included Robert Kierans 44:51 and Stephen Geraghty 44:56.
The Louth Athletics Awards took place last Friday evening in Dundalk. Guest speaker on the night was Thomas Barr who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics. Thre of our Juvenile members were awarded certificates in recognition of them having won medals at National level. Lee McGuinness for his outstanding silver medal run in the 200m event earlier in the year. Harry Caffrey for his third place in the Long Jump at the B Track and Field Championships. Cormac Canning for his great win in the B Cross Country Championships held in Dundalk. All nominated for their achievements at county level were Blathnaid Donnelly for the Sprint events. Sam O'Neill for his track performances and Cormac Canning for Cross country.
Club News 6th November 2016
If you were to ask any seasoned club runner which they'd prefer, a Championship medal or a fast time, most would choose the medal without any hesitation. To that end, the hilly and sometimes muddy fields of Oldbridge Estate have been home to many of our Athletes for the last few months. Far removed from the glamour of Grand Prix track racing, this is the place where the medals are really won. Enduring short term pain while running the hard intervals needed to succeed has become a regular occurance for our most focused runners. Next Saturday at the Home Countries International Cross Country Championships, Mary Leech and Nuala Reilly will put themselves to the test against the best runners in the British Isles. O'Reilly is on a high at the moment, having been upgraded to a silver medal position in her category at the recent Dublin City Marathon. Leech, fleet of foot, is gifted with a tremendously fluid running style and won't be found wanting when the hard questions are asked in the closing stages of next week's race. A large contingent of club members are travelling over to support them in their efforts to bring home the much coveted team medals. Closer to home, Club coach Ian O 'Reilly is really turning the screw these days. With just two weeks to go to the County Senior Cross Country Championships, the race is on in earnest to make one of the scoring six in the placings. This year's race will be hosted by Drogheda and District at our new Sports ground in Newtownstalaban. A sure sign of how much the club has progressed in the past year is that this year's race in now seen as an integral part of moulding a team that can compete at both provincial and National level.
With only six weeks to go to Drogheda and District's Christmas 5k road race things are really starting to come together. This fast and mostly flat course will finish with a lap of the track in the Lourdes Stadium. Run in conjunction with our latest couch 2 5k programme, this really is a great family fun event with lots of treats for the runners on the day. With this in mind, a large number of first time runners turned up at the track last Thursday evening for the start of our couch 2 5k training. Feedback at the end of the first session was very positive, with many people saying how encouraged they were in trying to achieve their goal of running a 5k race. Proceeds from this race will go towards the ongoing development of our sports ground at Newtownstalaban.
A sudden drop in temperature and a biting wind welcomed last Saturday's competitors at the Oldbridge Parkrun. Couch 2 5k coach Ciara O'Reilly didn't take long to warm up and she raced round the rather challenging course in a speedy 20:36 on her way to being first lady home. Also running well for our ladies were juvenile member Kate O'Reilly 23:57, Sinead McGuinness 26:26 and Paula Floyd 36:10 who all ran new Pb times for the course. Colm Reilly who only last Sunday ran in the Dublin City Marathon, finished in third place overall in a fast 19:02. Thomas Farrelly ran a solid 22:09 to finish 25th overall with Declan McMahon a minute behind with 23:10 in 32nd place.
Club News 31st October 2016
Dublin City Marathon No less than sixty four brave and hardy members of Drogheda and District took part in this year's Dublin City Marathon. Weather conditions were perfect with a calm dry day and a relatively flat course. The atmosphere at the start line was electric and pre race nerves were in abundance. With over 19,500 runners taking part, getting off to a good start wasn't going to be easy. Ruaidhri Nolan certainly got into a good rhythm early on and consistently churned out the miles to come home our first finisher in a fine 2 hours 54 minutes. Club coaches Eoin McGinn and Declan Monaghan weren't too far behind as both had strong runs on the day. McGinn was just a mere minute outside the magical three hour mark with a time of 3:01. Monaghan stuck to his pre race plan and was rewarded with a new Pb time of 3:06. The aptly named Artur Kwik had a great run to finish in 3:23 as did club mate Fran Egan. Gerry Mullins couldn't stop smiling as his time of 3:29 means that he is automatically qualified to run in next year's Boston Marathon. Yasmin Canning had a superb Marathon debut when finishing in 3:24 for the classic distance. Canning's plan of consistently running even paced miles paid off in spades as she crossed the line in no real distress and is the perfect example of how to tackle the Marathon distance. Next in for our ladies was Terri Durning who always seems to get the pace right, Durning ran a rock solid 3:30 when it mattered the most. Aimee Corcoran, only a week married showed husband and fellow club mate Ziad that the battle for family honours is on in earnest. Corcoran ran pretty much the perfect race to cross the line in 3:37 and finished well up in the ladies race. Nuala Reilly, often described as the queen of Irish distance running was also running her debut Marathon. O'Reilly put in a terrific run to finish third in her W 60 age category in an unbelievable 3:44. There were many fine performances on the day and others who ran well included Enda Martin, Brian Guilfoyle, Roger Tegart and Stephen Geraghty. For our ladies, Linda Cruise, Barbara Byrne, Gillian Farrelly and Gillian Fitzpatrick also ran well.
The New Forest Golf Club, Tyrellspass, Westmeath was the venue for Last Saturday's Leinster Novice Cross Country Championships. The crowds flocked to a well drained, manicured, but tight course that had some testing twists and climbs. In the women's race (which had well over double the number of runners on last year's race), Mary Leech sustained a hard fall on the last lap while well inside the top 10 which left Pamela Howard as club top scorer in 13th place. Pamela also finished as second scorer on the Louth team which picked up silver medals in the Inter-County competition. Michelle Hughes and Mags Nugent ran strongly in a good workout for the upcoming county senior championship in November. Our men's team packed well to finish 9th out of 21 teams. Stephen Kelly led the way in 23rd, and was supported well by Shane Larkin, Pat O'Grady, Stephen Duggan and Robert Maher. Medals were the order of the day for our U18 Boys who picked up both county silver and club bronze medals. Representing both club and county were Sam O'Neill, Robert Caffrey, James Nolan, Sonny Doyle and Leo McClean. Sam O'Neill also picked up an individual medal and automatic qualification for the Leinster team for the All-Ireland Even Age Championships at the National Sports Campus (Abbotstown) in November. All the boys will also represent both club and county at the same event. In the U16 Boys, Cormac Canning after a conservative first lap stormed through the field to finish 5th which is also an automatic pick on the Leinster team. Harry Caffery also ran well placing 4th scorer on the county team. The same venue will host the Leinster Junior, Senior and Uneven Age Championships on November 13th Novice Women 13 Pamela HOWARD 00:13:53 Drogheda & District A.C. (+2nd County Team scorer) 35 Michelle HUGHES 00:14:46 Drogheda & District A.C. 36 Mags NUGENT 00:14:48 Drogheda & District A.C. Novice Men 23 Stephen KELLY 00:17:59 Drogheda & District A.C. 62 Shane LARKIN 00:18:48 Drogheda & District A.C. 74 Patrick O'GRADY 00:19:06 Drogheda & District A.C. 78 Stephen DUGGAN 00:19:09 Drogheda & District A.C. 98 Robert MAHER 00:19:38 Drogheda & District A.C. U18 Boys - 3rd team, 2nd county 11 Sam O'NEILL Drogheda & District A.C. 00:17:52 21 Robert CAFFREY Drogheda & District A.C. 00:18:32 24 James NOLAN Drogheda & District A.C. 00:18:37 39 Sonny DOYLE Drogheda & District A.C. 00:20:46 43 Leo MCCLEAN Drogheda & District A.C. 00:21:45 U16 Boys 5 Cormac Canning Drogheda & District A.C. 44 Harry Caffrey Drogheda & District A.C. Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun tempted thirteen of our members to run this challenging 5k course. First home in the red vest was Peter Mullen who finished in ninth place in 21:08, a mere ten seconds ahead of Johathan Matthews who was eleventh in 21:18. Ziad Chammas ran a Pb of 21:43 which was good enough for 16th place overall. For our ladies, Yvonne McMahon ran a Pb of 24:40 and Kasia Reynolds also ran a Pb time of 30:30 to finish in 82nd place overall.
Club News 23rd October 2016
Last Sunday's Intermediate cross country championship held in Bush, Cooley attracted a large number of quality athletes to take part. This year's course which was run over a variety of terrains was not for the faint hearted. Michelle Hughes fresh from her second place finish in the Novice race two weeks earlier got stuck in right from the gun. Deciding to bide her time in second place seemed to be working as Hughes and Inga Keler from North East Runners opened a gap on the rest of the field. Coming into the home straight this race could have gone either way. It was only in the last twenty metres that Keler found an extra yard of ground to win by a mere one second over the four kilometre course. Brave running indeed by both Ladies. Backed up by some strong running from Orla O'Connor in third place the team title looked to be heading our way. Sinead Weldon who has improved so much this year had a great run to finish fifth and with Jane Glynn coming home in tenth place the team gold was secured. Barbara O'Donnell also ran well for our ladies.
Next up was the Intermediate men's event. Stephen Kelly the winner of the novice was out to do the double. Once the gun went Kelly lost no time in making his way into the leading group. With the pocket rocket Shane Larkin forcing the pace, a group of about six athletes opened up a gap on the rest of the field. Seasoned athlete Pat O'Grady and Stephen Duggan who was having a great race were right in the mix. Over the next five laps this group started to stretch out with Kelly opening up a substantial lead that he never relinquished. Behind Kelly, a titanic battle was taking place between Larkin and O'Grady for the bronze medal prize. Coming out a narrow gap into the last field, O'Grady chose his moment well and surged ahead to cross the line some six seconds ahead of Larkin. Thanks to Duggan's terrific run, this quartet won the men's team race. Further down the field there were some good performances from Kieran McGrath, Robbie Maher, John Reilly and Colm Reilly. These four combined well to taks the team bronze medals. Also running well were John Hough, Hugh Callan and John Cooper. In the uneven age Juvenile races, Abigail Tegart 7th, Moya McCabe 8th and Kate O'Reilly 10th, raced well together to win the team prize in the U15 Girls-3500m. In the boys U17 5000m race, Cormac Canning finished in second place in a speedy 18:00. With Robert Caffrey in third place and James Nolan fourth the team gold was always going to come our way. The last event of the day, the U19 Boys 5000m saw Sam O'Neill produce a strong run to finish in second place in a fast 17:54. Leo McLean ran 22:36 for the distance.
Everybody likes getting a letter but some more than others. Last Wednesday morning the Postman delivered the letter Nuala O'Reilly had been waiting for. Following O'Reilly's terrific run in the cross country trials, she has been selected on an Irish team to take part in an international cross country event in Glasgow next month.
Last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun proved to be a good day at the office for Brian Pentony. Pentony who is relatively new to club racing sped round the challenging course in a lively 19:14 which earned him seventh place overall. Declan McMahon was our next man home in nineteenth place in 22:21. Also running well were Joe Rooney 22:44 and Jos Haak 29:46. First home for our ladies was Cariona Tuite who finished in fifty third place in 28:31.
Ciara O'Reilly did somewhat of a double in the last week. Not only did O'Reilly win a prize in the club's weekly Lotto draw, she also won some dollars while racing abroad. O'Reilly had a comfortable win in the 5K4K run in Lebanon, Nashville, Tennessee in a good time of 20:13. Best of luck to all sixty four of our athletes who are taking part in next Sunday's Dublin City Marathon. Congratulations to Aimee Corcoran and Ziad Chammas, two of our members who decided to marry each other last Friday.
Club News 16th October 2016
Autumn Open Cross Country Festival National Sports Campus Last Sunday saw the first competition in the new Cross Country arena at Abbotstown which hosted the AAI Open Cross Country incorporating the trial for the Irish team for Home Counties Cross Country International in Scotland next month. The superb two kilometer course had it all, fast flat stretches, multiple rolling hills and numerous sticky patches designed to test the most hardened runner's resolve. In the ladies 6k race run over three laps, Mary Leech, Pamela Howard and Nuala Reilly all running in different age categories were in the mix right from the gun. Despite the hectic early pace set by some of Ireland's elite runners, Leech set to her task and got herself into a good tactical position midway through the first lap. Running to a steady rhythm and powering up the hills paid off for Leech as entering the home straight she had enough ground to spare to bring her home in third place in her W40 category. This means that Leech is now automatically selected on the Irish team for the Internation Cross Country event in Glasgow next month. Nuala Reilly, one of the toughest competitors in Irish Athletics ran hard and fast all the way to come home in fourth place in her W60 category on this occasion. Reilly may yet be selected on an Irish team if there isn't a wildcard entrant selected as can happen occasionally. Pamela Howard, a superbly talented athlete who hasn't really gotten a good period of training behind her showed just what she is capable of given the chance. Gifted with an incredibly fluid running style, Howard ran across the mucky stretches as though they didn't exist and raced using a cool head to finish eighth in her category against top class opposition. Our lady runners really did us proud and there was a spring in everyone's step for the rest of the day. Pat O'Grady was our sole runner in the very competitive M55 event. Running against the cream of Irish Masters distance runners was no easy task but O'Grady was up for the challenge right from the gun. Going out on the last lap, O'Grady was in fifth position and about thirty metres behind the fourth placed runner he needed to catch to be sure of making the Irish team. With less than 400 metres to go he unleashed a ferocious finishing kick to claw back all but one metre of the deficit at the finishing line. Pipped by a mere one second, O'Grady will now have to sweat it out to see if he gets a call from the selectors. Conor Cooney used this event to get a feel for the course as he will soon be entering a new age category where he should be very competitive. Cooney as ever ran a well judged race and will be one to watch out for.
Glenmore AC 5k Last Sunday's Glenmore A.C. 5k road race held in Bush, Louth, tempted three of our members to toe the line. First home in the red vest was Shane Larkin who put in a great run to finish in fourth place overall in a Speedy 17:40. Next in was John Reilly who's in great form at the moment. Reilly raced well to finish eighth overall and first in his category in a fine 18:44. Our sole lady runner was Phillipa Donnelly who ran well and covered the distance in 24:45.
An Cosantoir Defence Forces 10k At the recent An Cosantoir Defence Forces 10k held in the Phoenix Park, Robbie Maher running as a guest had a solid run to record 38 minutes for the distance. Declan Monaghan also ran well and broke the forty minute mark with 39:53. Brian Guilfoyle, no stranger to this event ran 41:58 and Sandra Maher got round the course in 50:13. Well done to all who took part in our recent Mile races held in the Lourdes Stadium, some nice performaces over the two evening's races.
Oldbridge Park Run At last weekend's Oldbridge Parkrun Colm Reilly raced round the course in a fine 18:41 to finish fourth overall. Not far behind was Paul Reilly in eighth place in 19:25. Gerry Mullins ran well to run the course in 21:59 with Rob Power next in 22:50. For our ladies, Sinead Weldon and Sinead McGuinness both ran well.
Club News 9th October 2016
Last Sunday's Novice Cross Country Championships attracted a large number of quality athletes to take part. Perfect weather conditions and a fast flat course meant track runners were in with a real chance this year. In what turned out to be a great days racing, D&D supplied the first two finishers in both the ladies and mens races. In the ladies 3k event, Michelle Hughes moved to the head of the field early on closely followed by club mate Orla O'Connor. These two and a group of three athletes soon had clear ground on the rest of the field. Hughes pushed hard at the start of the last lap but try as she might she couldn't shake off O'Connor who was having a great run. In the home straight, O'Connor picked her moment well to surge past Hughes to take the title by a mere second at the finish. Backed up by the strong running Roisin Coade and Sinead Weldon, this quartet secured the much covetted team prize by just two points from a very strong North East Runners team. Oue second team of Barbara Byrne, Mary Lindsey, Jane Glynn and Phillipa Donnelly combined well to take the third place team medals. Others who ran well were Wendy White and Helen Dillon. In the mens race, pre race favourites Stephen Kelly and Brian Martin took up the running right from the gun. Running shoulder to shoulder this pair opened up a gap of almost a minute on the third placed runner. With six hard kilometres of hard running behind them this pair had the large crowd enthralled as to who would be the winner. Coming down the home straight with less than the width of a razor blade between them, Kelly found an extra ounce of energy to dip on the line and take the title by the very narrowest of margins. Not far behind, Kelly's older brother Johnny was having a great battle with club mate Stephen Duggan and just held him at bay at the finish. These four made up the winning men's team with a total of sixteen points. Further down the field the battle for second team place was on in earnest. Kieran McGrath was having a terrific run as he led home Shane Larkin, Colm Reilly and John Hough to take the silver medals by the slimest of margins. Others who ran well were John Reilly, Brian Pentony, Paul Reilly and Eoin McGinn. The future of our club, our juveniles were also in action running in the even age races. In the U14 boys race, twins Peter and Daniel Aylward finished in eighth and ninth place. Cormac Canning showed everyone a clean pair of heels as he sped round the course to win his U16 race. Harry Caffrey ran well to place fifth, with Ben Egan eleventh. Evan O'Connor and Cian Martin Bohan both ran well to finish in twelveth and fifteenth place respectively. Our U16 team won the boys team event. Sam O'Neill led home our winning team in the boys U18 team event. O'Neill finished in third place with Robert Caffrey, James Nolan and Sonny Doyle all finishing close behind. Leo Mclean and Ronan Devine also ran well. In the girls U16 race, Moya McCabe, Abigail Tegart and Margareta Kafe all ran well to make up the winning girls team. Our sole runner in the girls U14 race was Kate O'Reilly who finished in 12th place. David Walsh made a welcome return to running after injury when placing 28th in the recent Business Houses cross cou.try race in Castleknock. Also running were Conor Cooney who was 86th and Jim Nolan 95th. In the ladies race Nuala Reilly was first in her category in the two mile race . Two of D&D's finest took part in last Sunday's 3 Quarter Marathon in Athlone, Westmeath. Liam Callaghan and Edel Smyth were using this race to prepare for the Upcoming Dublin Marathon. Callaghan ran a nice 2:55 for the distance and Smyth got round the course in 3:17. Last Sunday's Run With Catherina 10k held in Cavan proved to be a good day for some of our athletes. Nuala Reilly placed first in her category in a speedy 44:17. Not far behind was Conor Cooney who ran to secure third place in his category in 44:52. Martina O'Connor Dyas ran 50:21 for the distance. In the shorter 5k event, Jackser Reilly ran a decent 20:54 which earned him second place in his category. With just a week to go to the trials for the Home Countries Cross Country Championships Mary Leech scorched round the Oldbridge Parkrun in a fabulous 19:07. Leech has hit a rich vein of form at just the right time and will be fancied to make the Irish Ladies team. Pat O'Grady put in a good performance when finishing second overall at the Malahide Parkrun in a fast 17:08. Nuala Reilly and Pat O'Grady will also be hoping to earn a place on an Irish team if all goes to plan.
Club News 2nd October 2016
With the County Novice cross country championship being held next week, the cross country season has started in earnest. In a bid to win one of the under age juvenile titles that will be at stake, some of our younger members decided to use the Oldbridge Parkrun as a sharpener for next week's races. With little or no wind and the course in great condition fast times were on the cards. Sam O'Neill pushed hard right from the start and was rewarded for his efforts over the hilly fields with a first place finish in a very fast 17:40. Only fifteen seconds behind O'Neill a great race was taking place between clubmates Cormac Canning and James Nolan. On this occasion, neither athlete could best each other and they both crossed the line in a new Pb time of 17:55 and gave the spectators a marvelous finish to watch. Another of our promising juvenile athletes Robert Caffrey had a terrific run to finish fourth overall in a new best time of 18:18, making it a clean sweep of the placings for our juveniles. Others who ran well included Geoff Fitzpatrick, Harry Caffrey and Peter Mullen. Further afield, last Sunday's Brussels Marathon proved to be a good day out for Marathon specialists Gerry Mullins and Liam Farrell. Mullins in particular had a strong run to cover the classic distance in a fine 3:36 on his way to finishing his twenty sixth marathon. Farrell also ran well and finished in a very creditable 3:45. Closer to home, distance runner Gerard Fay was competing in his 250th marathon at last Sunday's Monaghan Marathon. Fay a prolific marathon runner has run in more marathons than the rest of our club put together. Not content with running the course in 5:30, Fay also ran a Marathon the day before in 5:45! Some way to spend your weekend! Declan McMahon also had a good run recently when finishing the Sosad 5k in Dundalk in 21:31. Our hugely popular and successful Couch to 5k program is back! If you have always wanted to try running but weren't sure where to start, this is perfect for you. If you've been away from running through injury or illness this is perfect for you. If you just want to improve your 5k time by training in a group environment but are not sure about joining an athletic club just yet, this is perfect for you. You will be coached by experienced athletes in a safe group environment, building your running up gradually to end with you completing our Christmas 5k on the 18th December, what better Christmas gift to yourself! Just drop us a line to find out more or come along to our registration night on Thursday the 20th October at the Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda. #DDACChristmas5k #dontstopbelieving
Club News 25th September 2016
Cross country running doesn't get any tougher than the annual Star of the Sea race held at Dardistown, County Meath. Last Sunday's race, run over a brutally tough course is definitely not for the faint hearted. Nuala Reilly, never one to shy away from a challenge, ran hard all the way to win her category against good class opposition. Michelle Hughes also ran a fine race and placed third in her category. Pat O'Grady was using this race as a yardstick to gauge his fitness with one eye on the upcoming cross country trials. O'Grady ran well to finish second in his category to a top class Irish Master's athlete. Roger Teggart, Shane Larkin and Jackser Reilly also went well in their first cross country run of the season. A field of more than one thousand runners lined up for last Sunday's 5k road race in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Run over a super fast course, this race really does attract the top runners in this country and our members were anxious to do battle with them. Once the gun went Mary Leech lost no time in making her way to the head of the field. Pushing hard over the entire race paid off as Leech went on to win the ladies over 40 category in a superb 18:25. Next home was Pamela Howard who's coming into good form and her time of 19:09 put her well up in the placings. Perhaps the run of the day belonged to Ciara O'Reilly who finished fourth in her category and took a whopping twenty seconds off her Pb time when running a speedy 19:29. In the men's race, Stephen Duggan was our first athlete home in 17:36 with John Hough not far behind in 18:10. Club chairman Aonghus O'Connor ran well and finished strongly in 18:28. Club captain Rob Power showed just how much he's improved by running 20:05, narrowly missing out on cracking the twenty minute mark. Others who ran well included Hugh Callan 20:46 and Paul Reilly who finished third in his category in 18:53. Last Saturday's Dublin Half Marathon held in the Phoenix Park attracted a field of almost seven thousand runners. Among them were over forty hardy souls from Drogheda and District AC. Despite a swirling wind and an unusually warm day, many of our members had some really good performances. The run of the day belonged to Brian Martin who put in a top class run to finish 19th overall in a fabulous time of 1:15:31. This performance shows just how much Martin has progressed in the last year and he'll be difficult to beat in the coming cross country season. Not far behind was Stephen Kelly who raced round the course in 1:16:40 and showed no visible signs of distress. Club Coach Eoin McGinn got the pace right and was rewarded with a fine 1:25:52 for his efforts. Close behind McGinn was our Director of Coaching Declan Monaghan who finished in 1:27:35. Also running well were David Gough 1:34:23 and Enda Martin 1:35:16. For our ladies, Nuala Reilly coped well with the conditions and won her category with a fine run of 1:38:36. Reilly will be hoping to go well in this year's Dublin City Marathon in a few weeks time. Aimee Corcoran, getting better by the week had a strong run to finish in 1:39:17. Linda Cruise also ran well and covered the distance in 1:52:30. Others who ran well included Helga McDonnell 1:51:54 and Jane Glynn 1:54:05. Closer to home at Last Saturday's four mile road race in Blackrock, County Louth, four of our members toed the line. In the men's race, Johnny Kelly and Robbie Maher had a terrific battle over this very fair course and Kelly just got over the line a mere four seconds ahead of his teammate. Kelly's time of 23:08 was good enough for 18th place overall, nice running given the rather windy conditions on the night. For our ladies, Sandra Maher put in a good run and finished strongly to record a time of 32:22. Kasia Reynolds also ran and finished in 41:17. The Oldbridge Parkrun tempted six of our members to race round this rather challenging course. First home in the red vest was Robert Caffrey one of our younger members who finished fourth overall in a speedy 19:23. Next in and first lady finisher was Orla O'Connor who ran a decent 22:18 despite the strong wind. Others who ran well included Harry Caffrey 13th, Declan McMahon 14th and Joe Rooney 16th in 22:54. Congratulations to Jonathan O'Brien who ran in the Berlin Marathon last weekend. O'Brien ran a very creditable 3:31:40 for the classic distance. Also running this event were Niamh Matthews who finished in 4:20:19 and Dara Keeley 5:04:54.
Club News 19th September 2016
Ladies First. Drogheda and District's leading ladies have really upped their game in the last few weeks and had fine wins in two local races. First up was Michelle Hughes who had a strong run to win the recent SOSAD 5k road race. Hughes, who's running well at the moment, ran hard right from the gun and was never really troubled on her way to victory in a fine 20:31. Also running well that evening were Helga McDonnell who finished 44th overall in 23:40 and Helen Dillon who was 49th in 24:07. Not to be outdone on the night, Stephen Kelly raced round the course and was rewarded for his efforts with a first place finish in 16:55. Kelly's time would have been considerably faster had he not taken a wrong turn during the race. The pocket rocket Shane Larkin continues to race well and he finished fourth overall in a speedy 18:09. Fran Egan and Stephen Floyd both ran well finishing in 16th and 19th place respectively. Over forty of our members choose to race this event and support one of Drogheda's leading support groups.
Last Friday evening's Harry Mallon memorial road race saw an inspired Ciara O'Reilly race well to take first place in the ladies four mile race. O'Reilly, racing on her home ground, turned on the turbo right from the gun in this rather challenging two lap race. By the end of the first lap, O'Reilly, running scared had almost thirty seconds of a lead over her nearest rival. It's one thing to have a substantial lead but knowing how to use it is another thing altogether. Running with a maturity not often seen these days, O'Reilly consolidated her lead on the back part of the course and pushed hard in the last mile to finish a popular winner in 26:01. O'Reilly's finishing time was a massive Pb improvement of some 40 seconds. Backed up by the strong running Michelle Hughes, who finished in third place and clubmates Nuala Reilly and Sinead Weldon, this quartet won the ladies team prize. For our men, Brian Martin had a good run to finish in sixth place in a fast 21:53 against good class opposition. Not far behind was Shane Larkin who struggled with a stitch on the second lap but nevertheless finished in 16th place in 23:19. Backed up by clubmates Colm Reilly 17th and Robbie Maher 23rd, these four made up the team which finished second to North East Runners on this occasion. Category prizes winners on the night were Jackser Reilly and Christy Duffy, both third in category. Conor Cooney was second in his category, beaten by world record holder Brian Lynch. The ever present Nuala Reilly won her category. Others who ran well on the night included Bryan Harvey, Brian Guilfoyle and Rob Power. At last Wednesday's paced miles in Santry Stadium, Shane Larkin ran a solid 5:12 for the classic distance. Pol O'Murchu ran 5:49 and Mags Nugent wasn't far behind in 5:51. For our ladies, Phipippa Donnelly ran 7:25 and Blathnaid Donnelly ran 7:30. With the cross country season almost upon us, three of our athletes took to the fields at this weeks Oldbridge Parkrun. Mary Leech finished in 5th place overall in a useful 19:54. Declan MacMahon ran a good race to finish 24th in 22:47.
Club News 11th September 2016
A warm humid morning greeted the six hardy souls from D&D AC as they lined up for last Saturday's half marathon in Athlone. Ruaidhri Nolan, who's running well at the moment ran a very even paced race covering each mile in just over six minutes. Nolan's time of 1:21:30 was good enough to earn him 23rd place overall. Next in was Yasmin Canning who continues to show good form in her build up to her debut marathon. Canning's time of 1:33:59 placed her sixth in her category and was good running on such a warm day. Jane Glynn and Martina O'Connor Dyas had reason to smile as they crossed the line together in a new Pb time of 1:52:22. Others who ran well included Gillian Victory 1:56:47 and Gillian Fitzpatrick 1:56:44. Further afield at the Great North Run, held in Newcastle, Nuala Reilly put in a terrific run to finish second in her category. Reilly's time of 1:39:38 was a mere five seconds behind the winner of her category in a field of over fifty thousand runners. Conor Cooney who was running a much longer distance than he's used to ran a fine 1:43. Mike Staunton and Kelly Ann Murtagh also completed the run with no real difficulty. Last Sunday's Ratoath 5k proved to be a good outing for Master's athlete Pat O'Grady. O'Grady had a solid run to win his over 50 category in a speedy 17:38 and his run was probably worth sub 17:30 given the strong wind. Multi distance runner Pol O'Murchu decided to race the BHAA 5k in Newbridge, Kildare last weekend. O'Murchu ran 21:19 for the distance and finished in 35th place overall. Most of our club members are now training with one eye on the upcoming county cross country titles. The weekly Oldbridge Parkrun saw John Hough race round the course in 19:17 which was good enough for second place overall. Hugh Callan also ran well and finished 11th in 21:13. Joe Rooney put in a good run to record a new Pb of 22:08 and finished 16th overall. Last Saturday afternoon saw the first gathering of our members at our fabulous new grounds out at Newtown Cross. This land which is currently being developed is as good as many a golf course in Ireland. About two hundred members and their families had a great day's fun at our open air barbecue and our first race there takes place on the 4th of December.
Club News 4th September 2016
A warm and wet morning greeted our members as they lined up for last Saturday's Seamie Weldon 5k road race in Ardee. Run over a challenging course to say the least, all the talk was of the hill which lasts for over a mile on the back end of the course. Once the gun went, the field of over 400 runners lost no time in getting down to business. Shane Larkin, Ian O'Reilly and Colm Reilly quickly made their way into the leading pack which was being led by visiting kenyan athlete Freddy Keron Sittuk. Passing through the first kilometre in less than three and a half minutes, this trio really were running well. Close behind were our leading female runners led by the in form Mary Leech, with Pamela Howard and Ciara O'Reilly running step by step. Less than fifteen minutes later, coming into the home straight Larkin was winning the battle of the Drogheda trio and crossed the line in 9th place overall in a speedy 17.54. In a desperate sprint for the line, Colm Reilly just pipped clubmate Ian O'Reilly by a mere second to come home in thirteenth place overall in 18.30. In the ladies race, the fast finishing Mary Leech put in a great last kilometre to finish second lady overall in a fine 19.10, some seventeen seconds faster than her winning time last year. Next in for our ladies was the strong running Pamela Howard who finished third lady in 19.59. Backed up by the reliable running of Ciara O'Reilly, this trio combined well to win the ladies team event for the second year running. As this race also doubles as the County Masters Championships, our ladies team plus Nuala O'Reilly took first place in this category. Individual category prizes were won by Shane Larkin ( 3rd over 40 ) and Conor Cooney who was second in the over 60 race. Nuala Reilly ran well to win her first in category prize in a time of 22.17, great running on such a difficult course. Others who ran well included John Reilly who finished 18th overall in 18.53 and Paul Reilly who was 28th in 19.35. Declan McMahon also got round the course in a time of 22.43. Pat O'Grady continues to improve with every race and ran a useful 36 minutes 40 seconds to win his category in the Lakelands 10k road race in Mullingar last Saturday. Closer to home at the Oldbridge Parkrun, young Cormac Canning had reason to smile as he raced round the course to finish second overall. Canning's time of 18.33 was a new Pb and he'll go well over the country this season. Not far behind was fellow youth member Sonny Doyle who finished 5th in 19.37. Also running well were Francis Murray who was 7th in 19.54 and Karl Carton who finished 15th in 21.52. Best wishes to Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly who are taking part in next Sunday's Great North Run. This year's race has attracted a record field of over fifty thousand entrants. No pressure Conor and Nuala.
Club News 28th August 2016
Club youth section is growing! Drogheda and District AC are currently recruiting new members for our youth section. From humble beginnings a mere two years ago, the club's youth section has grown from twelve members to in excess of fifty at present. Initially it was the members children who made up our first group of younger athletes. Within a few months, this had broadened to friends of our youth members and the numbers started to grow. Our next step was to encourage people who work with children, such as Teachers, to contact us if they thought these kids could benefit from some coaching. Along with this, our club coaching strategy really took off. Potential coaches were encouraged to take part in a series of one day courses which set them on the way to learning their craft. At present we now have about seven coaches who work solely with our youth section. Over the past year, Sam O'Neill and Cormac Canning really blazed a trail on their way to making many Provincial and National athletics finals. Canning in particular had a great season by winning the National B cross country title and getting a bronze in the schools 1500 metres championship. Young Harry Caffrey produced the goods when it mattered to win a championship bronze medal in the long jump. For our girls, Blathnaid Donnelly, Abigail Tegert and Una McGreehan O'Grady competed well over a number of events during the year. Registration for the coming year takes place this coming Wednesday 31st of August from 6.00 pm at the Lourdes Stadium. All welcome between the ages of 12-20. Cost of registration is €25 per year which includes AAI insurance and membership. Training times are Wednesday from 6.00 -7.00 pm in the Lourdes Stadium. Saturday morning at 10.00 am in Meadowview sports field. At the recent Tara AC 5k road race, Colm Reilly showed a glimpse of the fine form he's enjoying at the moment. Reilly, one of our newest members has a lot to live up to as his mum Nuala is a national title winner on many occasions. Reilly put in a strong run to finish 15th overall in a speedy 17 minutes 56 seconds. Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly both raced well to win first in category prizes. Closer to home, Robbie Maher, who will be looking to make the Senior cross country team this year finished a fine third in last Saturday's Oldbridge Parkrun. Maher's time of 17.58 was enough to keep him ahead of club coach Ian O'Reilly who placed fourth in 18.42. Colm Reilly and Niall Branigan both ran well and completed the course in less than 20 minutes. Good running on this quite challenging course. For our ladies, Deirdre McFerran and Sinead McGuinness both ran well with McGuinness setting a new Pb of 27.04. Frank Cruise, a member of our sprint squad has turned to the fields to builld strength and completed the course in 30.18. Last Sunday's 5k promoted by Rossin Rovers tempted twelve of our members to run. Francis Murray put in a fine run to finish 5th overall in a solid 19.17, with Stephen Floyd 12th in 20.36. Gillian Fitzpatrick who's back racing was our first lady finisher in 33rd place overall in 24.02. Also running well were Catrliona Tuite and Fiona Buckley.
Club News 21st August 2016
Drogheda and District's golden girls. Four of D&D's finest lady athletes produced the run of their lives to win the 4 x 400m relay at last Sunday's National Masters Track Championships held in Tullamore. Running against top class opposition, the quartet of Roisin Coade, Erin McHugh, Mags Nugent and Mary Leech ran hard and fast to come home clear winners of this much coveted title. Inspired by this, our men's team of Karl Carton, David Walsh, Hugh O'Reilly and Kieran McGrath ran as though they'd stolen something to finish runners up in their 4 x 400m relay. Such was the standard, the winners had to break the existing national record to just edge out our team by a mere second. The outstanding performance of the day had to belong to Mary Leech who won gold in her 1500m race in a fast 4.52. Running off a strong pace, Leech surged on the last lap to win by a four second margin. Leech is one of those rare breed of athletes who can compete well over all distances and terrains and will be hoping to run in an Irish singlet in the coming year. Kieran McGrath came close but not close enough when finishing second in his men's 800m event. McGrath, a raw talent, is relatively new to running and his time of 2.03 puts him right up there with the best in his category. Lots more to come from him in the coming season. Also running well in his 800m was Paul Reilly who set a new Pb of 2.24. Picking up bronze medals were Karl Carton, Danny Skeffington and Roisin Coade. Carton, a sprint specialist, claimed third place in his 100m event and later finished fourth in a very competitive 200m race. Skeffington made the trip home from the UK worthwhile when running a fine 4.34 for his 1500m event. Coade, perhaps the most improved lady runner within our club over the Summer season continues to impress with her strong running. Her time of 1.05.7 for the 400m is a just reward for all her hard efforts in training. Coade later ran a fabulous lead off leg in the 4 x 400m relay, establishing a 30 metre advantage over her opponents. Brian Pentony, another newcomer to athletics, ran a superb 58.9 seconds for his first real attempt at this distance. Pentony, who has been mostly running 5k road races up to now looks to have great potential at the shorter track events. Nuala Reilly completed a treble of sorts when winning gold in her 3000m race and later in the day winning bronze in her 800m and 1500m events. Our sole competitor in the field events was Lynn Browne who finished a creditable sixth in the shot putt. A wet and windy morning greeted the large group of athletes who travelled to the Phoenix Park for the Frank Duffy 10 mile road race. Run over a new course and into a strong headwind meant that times were going to be slowed somewhat. First home for our men were Brian Martin and Stephen Kelly who both cracked the hour mark with a time of 58 minutes. David Gough finished well in 68 minutes just ahead of David Shiel who ran the course in 70 minutes. For our Ladies, Yasmin Canning had a really strong run to finish in 406th place overall in a field of over 5000 runners. Cannings time of 71 minutes augers well for her debut marathon run in Dublin this October. Nuala Reilly picked up a second in category prize with a fine run of 75 minutes. Aimee Corcoran 1.16.45 and Carmel Keenan 1.21.04 were the next finishers for our ladies. Congratulations to Noreen Mackey, winner of the Ladies 5k road race in Rathkenny last Friday evening. Run over quite a challenging course, her time of 19 minutes 27 seconds was excellent running and brought her home a mere five seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Mackey, a very popular member of our club, was running her last race in the club colours before she heads off to Cork to continue her studies. All in Drogheda and District would like to wish Noreen continued success in her running and her studies. Also running well was Simon Gregory who finished 13th overall in a solid 18.29. Paddy Murphy, who's racing well at the moment produced a fine run to finish 17th in 19.19 Closer to home, last Saturday's Parkrun saw the in form Colm Reilly run a new Pb of 19.10 for this challenging 5k course when finishing second overall. Not far behind in sixth place was Francis Murray who finished in 20.26. Noreen Burke was smiling as she ran a new Pb of 28.37 and Donal Branigan finished 58th overall in 35.49.
Club News 14th August 2016
The sixth and final meeting of Drogheda and District's Summer Graded Series took place last Thursday evening. A big thank you to all who travelled to support this event, it was a tough night on the track with the wind, but some great times were ran nonetheless. In many ways, the real winners over the series were the athletes who decided to try out an event outside of their comfort zone. Quite a few of our members discovered that they have a bit of talent over the shorter distances such as the 400 metres and the club coaches have plenty to think about for the next few weeks. Brian Pentony surprised a few people with a strong display of running to win his 400m race in a useful 61.3 seconds, with Thomas O'Heriban close behind in 61.8. In the shorter 100m sprint, Karl Carton and Blathnaid Donnelly continue to impress and Carton in particular will be looking to medal in next weeks National Masters Track Championships. In the 1500 metres event, Mags Nugent and Paul Reilly both produced strong runs to record best times for the season. O'Reilly is the man few people see as he is the person behind the lens and provides us with the fabulous photo's for our weekly articles. Last event of the evening was the 3000m and it produced a titanic struggle between club old boys Frank Brady and Conor Cooney. Over the seven and a half laps of this race the field was whittled down from twenty competitors to these two with a lap to go. Cooney, undoubtedly one of the craftiest racers in Irish athletics knew he couldn't afford to wait and pushed hard to open a lead that he held on to the finish. Last Sunday's 10k road race in Duleek attracted many of D&D's finest road racers to take part. With humid conditions and an undulating course ahead of them, race tactics were all the talk at the start line. Our Lady runners definitely got the plan right as Yasmin Canning, Ciara O'Reilly and Michelle Hughes combined well to win the Ladies team race. All three kept an eye on the early pace and ran better times for the more difficult second half of the course. Category prizes were won by Canning and Nuala Reilly. In the men's team event, our trio of Brian Martin, Stephen Kelly and Pat O'Grady just missed out on winning first prize by a single point. Nevertheless, all three ran strong races and O'Grady in particular had a great run as he continues his return to full fitness. Category prize winners for our men included Paddy Murphy and Conor Cooney. Others who ran well were Colm Reilly, Robert Caffrey and Roger Tegart. Drogheda's dynamic duo of Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly were in action midweek at the Castlepollard 5k road race. Cooney, who's running well at the moment ran a nice 20 minutes 38 seconds to finish second in his category. Reilly as ever won her category in a fine 21 minutes 19 seconds. The annual Monaghan 10 mile road race tempted three of our athletes to run this quite challenging course last Sunday. 162 Liam Farrell Drogheda & District AC 1:20:10 251 Jane Glynn Drogheda & District AC 1:27:09 252 Martina O'Connor Dyas Drogheda & District AC 1:27:09
Club News 7th August 2016
There were some fine performances from our athletes at last Sunday's National League final held in Tullamore, Offaly. Helping Louth to finish sixth overall in the Ladies event were Mary Leech who finished fourth in her 1500m in 4.52 running against good opposition. Erin McHugh ran a useful 2.32 for her 800m and secured a valuable point for her county team. Also running well was Roisin Coade who ran well on her leg of the 4x400m relay. Louth finished eighth overall in the men's league with Lee McGuinness doubling up in the 100 and 200m events. McGuinness, who is only months in the sport, has talent in abundance and has really hit the ground running. In his 200m race, McGuinness powered round the bend and finished smoothly in a fabulous 22.7 seconds for second place. Later in the day he finished fifth in the 100m in 11.7 seconds despite the strong wind. Other good performances came from Mark O'Shea, second in his 1500m in 4.10 and Sam O'Neill who finished third in his 800m in a lively 2.04. In the men's 400m, Andrew Kelly , getting better with every race ran 55.7 and gained some invaluable championship racing experience. David Walsh continued his good spell of racing with his run of 16.35 in the men's 5000m which earned him sixth place. Congratulations to Nuala Reilly on winning a silver medal in the National Half Marathon in Dublin last Sunday. Reilly's time of 1 hour 41 minutes puts her right up there with the very best in her age category. Over forty of our members took part in this race and some of the stand out performances were Gerry Mullins who also ran 1.41 and Stephen Gill who ran 1.49 for the distance. At the previous day's 5k event, couch to 5k leader Colin Cuffe was first home for the club in 22.18. Next in was Ziad Chammas, who was greeted by his baby daughter Muireann, Chammas ran a steady 26.56 and finished well. Others who ran well included Jennifer Holmes, Sarah O'Connor and Mary Reillly. Last Friday's 5k road race in Carlingford proved to be a real classic. A warm balmy evening suggested that fast times were possible. With minutes to go the atmosphere at the start line was electric. Once the gun went, the red vests of D&D quickly made their way to the front of the already pushing hard leading pack. The next 19 minutes were all about hard sustained running and our leading ladies team of Noreen Mackey, Yasmin Canning, Ciara O'Reilly and Nuala Reilly packed well to win the Ladies team race. Category prize winners were won by Yasmin Canning, Ciara O'Reilly and Nuala Reilly. For our men, first home was Shane Larkin in a speedy 17.25, with Stephen Duggan not far behind in 17.42. Running superb races were Paddy Murphy and Rob Power who both took over 30 seconds off their previous best times. Brian Harvey, who only last week completed the Belfast triathlon broke through the 19 minute barrier for the first time and ran a speedy 18.50. Conor Cooney and Jackser Reilly both won category prizes. For our juvenile athletes, both Cormac Canning and Blathnaid Donnelly ran well and won category prizes. Some fine midweek performances from our runners at the Dublin Athletic Board graded meeting in Tallaght Stadium. Continuing her great season was Roisin Coade who finished sixth in her 400m race in a fast 67.92. Clubmate Hugh Callan pushed hard to finish third in his men's 400m race in 56.25 seconds. Great running given the strong headwinds on the night. Four of D&D's most prolific racers took part in the recent BHAA Dublin Fire Brigade 5k road race in Marino. First home in 13th place was Shane Larkin in 18.05. Colm Reilly was 21st in 19.08. Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly both ran well and won category prizes with some strong running. Some recent Oldbridge Parkrun results include
Club News 31st July 2016
IMC Le Cheile International Meet There were some fine track performances from our athletes at last Saturday's IMC track meeting in Leixlip. Without a doubt, the run of the day belonged to Hugh Callan who took a huge chunk off his 400 metres time to record a new personal best of 54.84. Callan, who has been making steady progress all this season produced the run of his life when it mattered most to finish a very creditable third in the mixed 400m race. Also running this race was Gerry O'Connor who finished in seventh place in a fine 60.14. O'Connor will be hoping to win a medal at next month's National Masters track championships. In the men's 800m, world championship bronze medalist Mark O'Shea continued his streak of sub 2 minute performances. O'Shea's time of 1.59.01 puts him right up there with the best in his category for this distance. In the men's 1500m, David Walsh, strengthened from a great Winter's training ran hard to record a speedy 4.18. Passing through the first 400m in a super fast 63 seconds meant Walsh was going to suffer plenty in the next three laps. Nevertheless, he stuck to his task to finish well and there's more to come from him in an evenly paced race.
With last weekend being a quiet one on the racing front, many of our runners decided to tackle the Saturday morning Parkrun in Oldbridge Estate. Caitriona Tuite and Fiona Buckley had good reason to be happy as they both recorded new Pb times for this quite challenging 5k cross country course. Also running well was Damien Floyd who was our first man to finish in 62nd place overall. Further down the field but also running well were Paula O'Brien, Orlagh McCardle and Aisling Neacy. Well done to all who took part.
Club News 24th July 2016
AAI National Juvenile Track and Field Championships At the AAI National Juvenile Track and Field Championships on Sunday there was a big breakthrough for Lee McGuinness in Tullamore where he won the club's first ever National Juvenile medal in the U18 200m in a new PB of 22.44 seconds. In a top class field, Lee came through his heat in an automatic qualifying position (23.02) and was then drawn in the tough lane 8 for the final. Not fazed by draw Lee powered down the home straight to come home clear in third place. Lee also made the final of the 100m running 11.49 in the heat and 11.55 in the final. This was a remarkable achievement considering Lee only started in the sport three months ago and great credit goes to the Youth group coaches along with Ian and Marisa in getting Lee this far in such a short space of time. Cormac Canning and Sam O'Neill finished off their very long seasons in the 1500m. Cormac placed 11th in 4:25.96, not too far off his PB and Sam was 7th in 4:29.06. Next stop...Cross Country after a well deserved rest!! Well done to all our athletes who competed at both regional and national championships. This was our biggest representation to date.
Morton Games There were some fantastic performances by our athletes at last Friday's Morton Games held in Santry Stadium. Kieran McGrath, running the race of his life was well rewarded with his first sub 2 minute 800 metres, McGrath ran 1.59.75 to finish third in his race. Also breaking the 2 minute barrier was Mark O'Shea who ran a fine 1.58.28 against some very good opposition. In the ladies B 800 metres, Orla O'Connor had a great battle with clubmate Mary Leech with O'Connor just shading it in 2.20 to Leech's 2.22.
National League Five of Drogheda and District's finest represented Louth at the recent National League Track races held at the Mary Peters track, Belfast. Helping Louth Athletics Mens & Ladies to qualify for the National finals next month were Mary Leech, second in her 1500m in a speedy 4.53. Lee McGuinness who ran a super 23.08 to finish third in his 200m. Mark O'Shea also finished third in his 800m in a lively 1.59.77, another sub 2 minute run for O'Shea. Orla O'Connor who's coming back to form ran 2.24 to finish third in her 800m and secure valuable points for the county team. Running the longest event of the day was David Walsh who ran 16.32 for the 5k distance, good enough for 2nd place against tough opposition. The National League final takes place on 7th August in Tullamore and we look forward to supporting our Louth Mens and Ladies Teams.
Bettystown 5 Mile Road Race B-5 More than thirty of our members toed the line at the recent Bettystown 5 mile road race on Tuesday last. First home for our men was Brian Martin (27.45) in seventh place, with Johnny Kelly (29.37) next in 13th place and Shane Larkin (29.41) in 14th, these combined scores won second team prize in the senior men's event. Paddy Murphy put in a strong run to win his over 45 category in a fast 32.22. Also first in his category was Conor Cooney who finished 59th in a solid 35.28. Just behind Murphy was John Cooper in 32.44 which earned him third place in his category. Jim Nolan raced well and was third in his race in 36.16. In the ladies race Noreen Mackey led the way home to finish 36th overall in 32.54. Next was the strong running Michelle Hughes (34.54) in 50th place and also first in her category. As ever, Nuala Reilly (36.29) won her category and the trio of Mackey, Hughes and Reilly combined well to win the senior ladies team event.
Clogherhead Seaside 10k This year's Clogherhead 10k run on a scorching hot day attracted more than twenty of our members to take part. The intense heat plus the rolling nature of the course ensured that the runners would have a tough day at the office. Our mens team of Ruaidhri Nolan 7th, Declan Monaghan 11th and David Campbell 13th packed well to win the senior men's team event. For our Ladies, Sarah Clarke 45th, Nuala Reilly 51st and Bernadette Matthews 59th combined well to win the ladies team race. Stand out individual performances were Francis Murray who ran a nice 42.33 for 22nd place and Giancarlo Orlandi who ran 44.23 and finished first in his category. Bernadette Matthews made a welcome return to racing with her run of 47.53 winning her a category prize.
Dublin Athletics Board Graded Meeting Our athletes continue to use the the Dublin Athletics Board Graded Meetings to sharpen up for the upcoming National Championships. Robbie Maher showed good form in Santry last week with 2.15 for 800m and James Nolan finished his season with a respectable 2.08, and can now looks forward to cross country season. Club chairman Aonghus O'Connor ran a steady 2.26 as he continues to race his way back to form. In the 200m event, Blathnaid ran a speedy 29.13 to finish 6th in her race. The in form Roisin Coade was fourth in her race in 30.02. and Hugh Callan ran a nice 25.82.
Oldbridge Parkrun Recent Oldbridge Parkrun results for our members included Pamela Howard who run a fabulous 19.58 which placed her seventh overall, and first lady home and Aimee Corcoran who continues to make progress and ran a new Pb of 22.01. Also running well were Declan McMahon, Lisa Maguire and Noreen Burke.
Fingal 10k In Swords on Sunday, the Fingal 10k took place, part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series. Always a popular event in the club, some 37 hardy souls took to the streets of Swords on a hot and humid morning. Top performances of the day included Eoin McGinn (38.53) and his pacing buddy John Hough (38.53), followed closely by new member Colm Reilly (39.28), son to the famous Nuala Reilly. For the ladies the dynamic duo of Yasmin Canning (41.15) and Ciara O’Reilly (41.47) showed consistent improvement with 30 second pbs for the distance. Marathon coach Eoin McGinn was proud to report many improvements within his group when Colin Cuffe (47.37), Helga MDonnell (49.52), Linda Cruise (49.35), David Birch (47.00) were among many of those to gain a personal best on the day.
Albion Rovers 5k Family Fun run Albion Rovers FC hosted a 5k family fun run on Sunday to raise money for the Rainbows Charity and their new all weather pitches. Francis Murray (20.47 3rd overall) was first home for Drogheda & District on this unforgiving course in Monasterboice, and Sarah O’Connor and Deirdre Harmon (37.40) who had both competed in Fingal earlier in the day also ran well.
Club News 10th July 2016
All Ireland B Championships Harry Caffrey competed in the Long Jump in this weekend’s All Ireland B Championships in Tullamore. He jumped well to score a bronze medal in the event, Harry is in his first year of athletics and only recently began long jump training so well done to Harry on his national medal.
We had three youths competing in the All Ireland Championships in Tullamore on Sunday, at U16 Cormac Canning, U17 James Nolan and U18 Sam Reddin. All three performed very well in a high class event and did our club proud, well done to our boys.
Summer Graded Series #5 The highlight of the week in Drogheda was of course the fifth night in our Summer Graded Series, which took place at the Lourdes Stadium on Thursday. Thanks go to Crusaders AC, Derry TC, North East Runners, Dunleer AC, Dunboyne AC, Boyne AC, Ardee & District AC, Lucan Harriers, Sportsworld AC, Raheny Shamrocks AC, Enniskillen AC, Newry AC, St Peters AC & Donore Harriers for supporting this event. It is a pleasure to see so many clubs coming to take part, and there were some top quality performances on the night including Rob Lee (Crusaders AC) who ran 49.5 for 400m and Mary Horgan (Crusaders AC) who ran 59.8 for the same distance. From our own members, we had competitors in the 400m, 100m and 800m and long jump. Mark O’Shea was first home for the club in a credible 55.5 for 400m, followed closely by Hugh Callan with a PB of 56.0. Also running well in the 400m were Fintan Geoghegan, Roisin Coade, Cian Martin Bohan and Margo Duffy. The 1500m race saw a fantastic head to head between Sam O’Neill and David Walsh right from the start. The guys battled all the way with O’Neill (4:17.3) narrowly pipping Walsh (4:17.8) to the post. A very exciting race. Balmy conditions on the night meant personal bests were there for the taking and this distance saw Paul Reilly (5.02.2), Eoin McGinn (5.05.5), Noreen Mackey (5.14.6) and Rob Power (5.29.3) all push it out to beat their previous times. Great to see our youths taking part in our own events and Rob Caffrey (4.40) Leo McClean (5.08) and Sonny Doyle (4.56) ran well in the 1500m also. In the 100m sprints the races were fast and furious with a good field of competition. Karl Carton (12.4) was first home for Drogheda with a strong race, and also running well over this distance were Mary Lyndsay (14.5) and Lynn Browne (15.7 PB). Youths were well represented in this event by Tara Shortt (15.3), Harry Caffrey (13.4) and Lauren Smith (15.6). A huge contingent from our Blue and Violet Groups under the watchful eye of coaches Jos Haak and Declan Monaghan, took part in the 1500m race, fantastic to see these guys getting to try out track racing, in line with the ethos of our club we encourage all members to take part, there is something for everyone at our graded meetings.
East of Ireland Marathon Series Duleek 5/10/Marathon The hills of Bellewstown were alive with runners on Saturday morning as the East of Ireland Marathon Series Duleek 5 mile, 10 mile and Marathon races took place. Our own Yasmin Canning (01.18.02) was first lady home and second overall in the 10 mile, and running loops of the 5 mile course, Gerard Fay (05.10.37) took part in the marathon.
Joe Duffy Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 Mile Road Race In Clontarf on Saturday the Joe Duffy Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 Mile Road Race took place, and needless to say there was a DDAC contingent taking part. Well done to Robert Kierans (35.50), Stephen Geraghty (35.54) and Sharon Finn (48.55PB) who raced the five miler, and Siobhan Redmond (2.15.43) who performed well in the half marathon.
Dunleer 4 Mile Road Race All roads led to Dunleer on Sunday as our neighbouring club hosted their annual 4 mile road race. Derek Winters (22.11) was 4 th home overall against some serious competition, great to see him returning to the racing scene after all his hard work on our new grass track in recent times. Shane Larkin (23.21) ran well to place 3 rd in category, and Michelle Hughes (27.56) took first place in the O40 category. Conor Cooney (28.16) also earned a category placing, while Nuala Reilly (28.55) won her category.
In Park Run news we had Jim Nolan (22:20) and Janella Clarke (37.09) in Oldbridge and Liam Farrell (22.54) at Johnston Castle, well done guys.
Club News 29th June 2016
" The times they are a changing "
Well they're definitely getting faster if last Thursday's graded track meeting is anything to go by. Athletes from Dublin, Galway, Monaghan and Wicklow travelled to take part in our latest graded meeting. The event of the night had to be the 800 metres A race. With two pacemakers lined up, this promised to be a fast run race. The lead runners were brought through the first lap in a very fast 57 seconds. Despite the strong wind on the back straight, young Oisin O'Gibne pushed hard and crossed the line in 1:58. A mere two seconds back was our own Kieran McGrath who's in flying form at the moment and he finished second in 2.00.9. Junior athlete Sam O'Neill ran a fine 2.04 to finish in fifth place. David Walsh 2.07 and Young James Nolan 2.08 both ran well with lots more to come in better conditions. Cormac Canning had a great run in the B race to win in a solid 2.09, just ahead of Rob Caffrey another one of our Junior's. Also running well in this race were Orla O'Connor 2.24.7 and Mary Leech 2.25.6 who had less than a second between them at the finish. Mags Nugent 2.35 and Erin McHugh 2.36 had a great battle between them in the C race and competition is hotting up among our leading ladies. There was a clean sweep of the medals for D&D athletes in the men's 3000 metre race. First across the line was David Walsh in 9.43, running in his second event of the night. Not far behind in second place was Stephen Kelly in 9.52 with Brian Martin third in 9.55. Others who ran well included Aonghus O'Connor 10.56, Artur Kwik 11.07 and Brian Harvey 11.21. Andrew Kelly had a fine run to finish second in his 200 metres race in a speedy 24.4. Karl Carton also went well and ran 26.0 for fourth place. Frank Cruise ran a nice 28.6 to finish second in his race. For our ladies, Mary Scanlon 28.8, Orla O'Connor 29.8 and Mary Lyndsey 30.8 all ran well.
National Junior Track Championships Two of the club's finest junior athletes were in action last Saturday at the national junior track championships. A strong wind and even stronger opposition faced young Sam O'Neill and James Nolan as they toed the line for the junior men's 1500 metres race. O'Neill, who's been having a great season, never really got into this race but nevertheless ran a useful 4:21 despite the strong wind on the back straight. Clubmate Nolan ran 4:33 for the distance and although not his best, its all about the learning that's taking place in their fledgling running careers.
Group Mile Trial Last Tuesday's group mile at the Lourdes Stadium attracted over forty of our members to take part. Drawn mainly from our Green, Blue and Violet groups, many of these first time miler's got to experience the thrill of track racing and found it to their liking. Some good benchmark times were set and no doubt the group's coaches will be keeping an eye out for improvement in the coming weeks.
Summer Graded Series
The next round of this Summer's graded meetings takes place on Thursday 7th of July. Events on the night are the 100/400/1500/ and long jump. First race will start at 7.00 pm.
Club News 22nd June 2016
Midsummer 5k Road Race All roads led to Fair Street last Friday evening for the best 5k road race in the North East. Hosted by Drogheda and District A.C., this event really does set the standard for others to follow. Conditions on the night were perfect for fast running as the more than 500 runners made their way over Fair St. It really was turning out to be a sea of red as D&D had over 100 of their own runners in this race. At the head of the field, things were moving on at a frantic pace. Colin Maher, who trains in the Lourdes Stadium forced the pace all the way and came home a worthy winner in a fast 15:27 with local man Simon Ryan second in 16:15. The rapidly improving Derek Winters was pushing hard and finished in 4th place overall in a fast 16:51. Just behind Winters were Brian Martin 5th in 17:00 and Stephen Kelly 6th in 17:16. This trio made up the winning men's team. Aenghus McHugh ran a fine 18:23 for 12th place with David Campbell a mere second behind in 18:24. Declan Monaghan is showing some good form and although not his fastest, his 19:04 was a solid run on the night. Futher back a titanic battle was taking place between Brian Harvey 19:12, Brian Pentony 19:19 and Thomas Farrelly 19:22. Conor Cooney and Christy Duffy both ran well to finish in the placings in their age category. For our ladies, first home was Noreen Mackey in 42nd place in a fine 19:37, followed by Michelle Hughes in 61st with 20:35. Nuala Reilly ran her usual determined race to finish 102nd with 21:58. This trio were second in the ladies team event. For our Juvenile members, young Ronan Devine ran well to finish in 21:53. Liam McGreehan 23:24 and Ben Egan are also one's to watch out for in the future. Also running well for our young girls were Abigail Tegart, Tara Shortt and Una McGreehan. Special mention has to go to the two couch to 5k groups and their Coaches who put in a big effort over the last two months to be ready for this race.
Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race A warm and humid evening made for a tough day at the office for our runners at last Saturday's 10k road race in Dunshaughlin. Nevertheless there were some good performances on the night with Nuala Reilly finishing second in her category in 46:08 despite not feeling the best. Conor Cooney ran well to finish 5th in his race against some high class opposition. In the senior men's section, Ruaidhri Nolan ran a good 35:26 for 40th place on this challenging but fair course. Next in was Shane Larkin, running his second race of the week. Larkin's time of 36:45 was good enough for 81st place. For our lady athletes, running well was Carmel Keenan who ran a solid 47:54 for the distance and finished in 403rd place. Suzanne McCabe ran well to finish in 50:24 with Siobhan Shortt next in 52:46.
Athletics Leinster Track and Field Championships The club had six athletes in action on day 1 of the Athletics Leinster Track and Field Championships and returned with a good haul of three medals and a number of qualifications for the All-Irelands in July. Lee McGuinness continued his good start in sprinting by taking second place in the U18 100m in 11.53. Despite a slow start Lee came flying through the field to grab silver and recorded his second fastest time over the short sprint. In the 1500m, Cormac Canning battled strongly to claim bronze in 4.28.74 in the U16 1500m well clear of the rest of the field. James Nolan took on a large field of athletes in the U17 800m and at one stage had a 5 metre gap at the front, but faded slightly in the last 100m but hung on for silver in a good time of 2.04.01. Robert Caffrey finished 7th in the same race in 2.11.86 also getting close to his PB. Sam Reddin qualified for the All-Irelands when finishing 4th in the U18 800m in a time of 2.08.78 which is good running after a long period of injury. The youngest member of the squad was Harry Caffery who ran a PB of 27.74 in the second heat of the 200m.
Athletics Leinster Track and Field Day 2 The weather gods turned nasty in Tullamore last Sunday, but it didn't stop our crew from delivering more top quality results! Result of the day was Sam O'Neill's victory in the 1500m. Off a slow couple of laps Sam ran a 62 sec last lap to take the u18 title in 4.21. Anyone who has watched Sam's progress over the last year will know the work and dedication that went into this win. Lee McGuinness took his second silver of the weekend in the u18 200m. Given the tough lane 8, Lee again came through the field finishing just behind the winner but will benefit hugely from more race experience. Cormac Canning qualified for the All-Ireland's in the u16 800m by placing 4th in 2.11. A good weekends return for Cormac after bronze in the 1500m yesterday. Harry Caffery finished 6th in the long jump in 4.61m in horrible conditions for jumping but this was a good result in his first Leinster championship with a couple of weeks training behind him. Just a word of thanks to all the Youth group coaches working under Paul Barell and in particular, Ian, Gareth, Marisa and Robbie for their time and expertise with the athletes leading up to this weekend's competition.
BHAA Trinity Track Meeting Shane Larkin and Jim Nolan, two of the club's most intrepid travellers were at it again last week. These two took part in the Trinity track meeting, held at College Park in Trinity College, Dublin. Only two distances were run on the night, the 1000 and 2000 yards distance. A world record was set here for the 1000 yards way back in 1873! Nolan had a good run to finish third in his rarely run 1000 yards race in 3:04. The pocket rocket Larkin, who's having a great season ran a speedy 6:35 for the 2000 yards event to win his race in some style.
IMC Track Meeting At the recent Irish Milers Club track meeting held in Irishtown, Dublin, Mark O'Shea impressed with a fine run of 2:00:25 for the 800 metres event. O'Shea who won a bronze medal in the World Championships at this distance is coming right back to form for the upcoming national championships.
Thoroughbred Half Marathon Kildare Town 85 Liam Farrell 1.43.26 Well done Liam!
Oldbridge Parkrun There were some good performances by our members over the last two weeks at this very popular Saturday morning 5k race. Pat O'Grady showed that he's on the way back from injury when he won last week's event in a useful 18:19. Also running that day were Valerie Campbell and Mary Reilly who both recorded new Pb times for this challenging course. Aimee Corcoran is running well these days and finished second woman in 22:54, which placed her 25th overall at the most recent event. Others who ran included Rose Dalton and Janella Clarke. Declan Monaghan ( 856 ) Ronan Devine ( 285 ) James Nolan ( 375 ) Louise Irvine ( 614 )
Club News 18th June 2016
McDonnell sets National Record
There was great excitement in the club this week when word reached us that Mary McDonnell had set a new national record in the W5 200 metres. McDonnell's time of 31:68 took over half a second off the existing record.
AAI National Track and Field League
Some great performances in Santry last Sunday by our club athletes competing on the Louth team at the National Track and Field League. Lee McGuinness ran two fast PBs in the 100m (11.41) and 200m (22.59) and also ran super legs of both the 4x100m and 4x400m. The latter race also featured Mark O'Shea on the final leg in which he showed his experience to come through the field to take second place for the team. Mary Leech took over 30 seconds from her 3000m PB in ducking under the 10:30 barrier with 10.29.99 to take second place in a top class field. Orla O'Connor was a little below her best running 2.28.37 in the 800m but ran a strong leg in the 4x400m along with clubmate Roisin Coade. Mark O'Shea won the guest 800m in 2.02.02 with Sam O'Neill third in a new PB of 2.03.64 and David Walsh in 2.04.15 (also a PB I think). Robert Caffery took 6th place in 2.11.71. Erin McHugh also ran well in the 800m finishing in 2.33.10. Well done all and thanks for supporting the county team!
Irish Runner 5 Mile Road Race
More than forty of our members took part in this year's race which was held in the Phoenix Park last Sunday. Run over a quite challening course, the large entry produced some quality times on the day. First home was Derek Winters who had a super run to finish in 15th place overall in a speedy 28:28. Derek continues his come back. David Gough ran a solid 32:57, with Yasmin Canning close behind in 33:11 which earned her first in her category. Ciara O'Reilly ran well to finish 15th in her race in a nice 33:28. Others who ran well included Mark Giles 33:52, Paul Barrell 37:09 and Martin Woods 40:33. For our ladies, Jane Glynn 39:00, Helga McDonnell 40:00 and Jacqueline Gill 41:15 went well.
VHI Women's Mini Marathon
Seven of our lady runners took part in this year's 10k road race which was held on a blistering hot day in Dublin. First home was Yasmin Canning who finished 48th overall in a fine time of 42:21. Next was Ciara O'Reilly who struggled in the heat on this occasion but still ran a decent 43:57 for the distance. As ever, Nuala Reilly put in a strong run to come home in 44:59. Others who ran well included Carmel Keenan, Karen Collier, Yvonne Russell and Sarah McDonald.
Cork City Marathon
Not to be outdone by our Ladies, two our our most prolific Marathon runners were also in action. In the Cork city race, Gerry Mullins ran his 26th marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes. Meanwhile in Derry, Gerard Fay who has completed more than 200 marathons to date ran 5 hours and 44 minutes. Time to put the feet up for a few weeks lads.
Irish Milers Club
At the IMC track meet held in Tullamore last Monday, young Sam O'Neill really was mixing it with the big guns of Irish athletics. Despite having to race against sub 4 minute milers, O'Neill showed great maturity for his tender age and raced well to finish 11th in his 1500 metres race in 4:16.
Over in Trim at the Braveheart 5k trail race, Deirdre McFerran ran a solid 24:55 to finish second in her category. Nice running on what is not an easy course.
Dublin Athletic Board Graded Meeting
Last Wednesday's Dublin Graded meeting tempted two of our members to take part. In the 1500 metres race, the in form Shane Larkin ran a useful 4:48 against good class opposition. Also running was Gerry O'Connor who finished fourth in his 400 metres race in a time of 60:94.
Some fines performances lately from our members at this very popular 5k cross country event. Brian Martin, who's flying at the moment won in 17:12, with Robert Kierans setting a new Pb in 21:19 which was good enough for 13th place. Only nine seconds further back was Jim Nolan, also running a Pb of 21:28. Others who ran included Declan McMahon 27th and Donal Branigan 34:52.
Club News 11th June 2016
Leinster Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships, Tullamore
There were some great results from a sweltering Tullamore last Sunday, in particular a senior medal for Lee McGuinness in his 200 metres event in 22:92. Earlier in the day Lee finished sixth in his 100 metre race. Also doing the sprint double were Karl Carton who was second in his 100 metres in 12:63 and third in the 200 metres event. Frank Cruise finished fifth in both events. In the men's sprint relay, our team of Carton, O'Connor, Cruise and Hugh O'Reilly combined well to win the silver medals. In the 400 metres, Hugh O'Reilly was second in 58:63, Gerry O'Connor was third in 60:68. Pol O'Murchu did somewhat of a double by coming third in his 400 metres race and also winning his 800 metres in 2:26. In the senior men's 800 metres, Kieran McGrath was second in a fast 2:03 and Tomas O'Heriben also finished second in the B race. David Walsh beat some good athletes to get a bronze medal in the 1500 metres. For our ladies, Mary McDonnell took home gold in the 100 and 200 metres event. Mary Flanagan almost did the double when winning her 200 metres and finishing second in the 100 metres. Roisin Coade, who has really come good this year, had a fabulous run to finish in second place in her 400 metres in 67:58. Orla O'Connor who's getting stronger by the week won silver in her 800 metres race in a speedy 2:20. Erin McHugh showed just how well she's running at the moment by winning silver in the 800 metres and later in the day winning her 1500 metre event. Others who ran well but didn't figure in the medal placings were Hugh Callan and Shane Larkin. For our ladies, Lynn Browne, Phillipa Donnelly and Andrea McCabe ran well.
BHAA Government Services 5 Mile Road Race
The sun came out to play for last Tuesday's five mile road race held in Dunboyne County Meath. This very popular race which is run over a flat course attracted almost five hundred runners to take part. First home for DDAC was Shane Larkin, who raced round the course in a fine 29:34, good enough for 58th place overall. Next in was Gerry Mullins who used this race to sharpen up for next week's Cork Marathon. His time of 33:52 shows he's in good shape for the longer event. Jacker Reilly had to run really hard to finish a mere four seconds ahead of Michelle Hughes. Reilly's time of 34:35 was good going with temperatures in the low twenties. Conor Cooney's run of 35:08 earned him third place in his category. It wouldn't be a race without Nuala Reilly in it and she took first place in her age category in 35:34. Also running back into shape was Jim Nolan, the man who puts everyone in good form. Jim ran 36:36 for the distance with no real distress.
Congratulations to Cormac Canning who was 4th in the All-Ireland Schools Junior 1500m last Saturday in Tullamore with a big PB of 4:20. This was a great performance to match his 4th place in the Schools Cross Country earlier in the year, in his first year in the sport! Well done to Cormac and coach Ian as well!
Drogheda and District Summer Graded Meeting
Thanks to all who took part on a perfect evening for running track with lots of good times and plenty of close races. The stand out performances in the mile races were Sam O'Neill winning his race in a fast 4:35, with Kieran McGrath second in 4:47. Young James Nolan had a fine run to finish third in 4:52. For our ladies, first home was Yasmin Canning in 5:44 with Ciara O'Reilly not far behind in 5:50. Aimee Corcoran just dipped under the seven minute mark with 6:59. Our Juveniles ran well with Ronan Devine running 5:54 for his mile and Kate O'Reilly finishing in 6:45. Club Captain, Rob Power ran hard to get a new Pb time of 5:56, his first time under six minutes. The run of the night probably belonged to Artur Kuwik who ran a speedy 5:33 to finish just ahead of Paddy Murphy 5:35 and Declan Monaghan 5:35. In the 400 metres event, Andrew Kelly ran 55:70 to finish in second place, with Hugh Callan third in 56:30. Orla O'Connor ran 63:60 which was good enough for third place with Roisin Coade running a useful 67:30. Harry Caffery ran the 100 metres race in 13:60, with Robert Kierans running 13:80 and Lynn Browne sixth in 16:40. Well done to Simon Gregory who had a fine run in the Balbriggan Roadrunners 5k race last Thursday evening. His time of 18:07 was good enough for fifth place overall. Others who ran were: Jane Glynn 23:31, Gerard Fay 27:33 and Janella Clarke 33:15.
Spraoi agus Sport 5k
Also running well was Director of Coaching Declan Monaghan. Monaghan ran a speedy 18:40 last Friday for the Spraoi agus Sport 5k race in Carndonagh, Donegal.
Club News 4th June 2016
Virgin Media Night Run 10k: This evening time 10k road race tempted as many as forty members of our club to take part. Run over a course that was full of twists and turns, Fast times didn't appear to be likely. Nevertheless, there were some good performances on the night. First home in the red vest was John Hough, a real strong man of running who recorded a speedy 39:39 for the distance. Next in was Artur Kuwik with 41:23, nice running Artur. Brian Guilfoyle 44:25 just pipped Jackser Reilly 44:30 on the run in to the finish, no mercy there! Our ladies were out for fast times and Sarah Clarke had a terrific run to finish in 44:22, a new Pb. Also setting new Pb times were Jane Glynn with 48:18, Julie Halton 54:02 and Barbara Byrne with 46:06. Well done to all who took part, no easy running when there's over six thousand people in your race!
Star of the Sea 5k, Stamullen. With the promise of little or no wind on a beautiful warm evening, all roads lead to Stamullen for this very popular 5k road race. Run over a challenging course which has two hills in the first half of the race didn't deter the close on forty members who decided to run. The Atmosphere was electric just before the start and once the gun went some of our top men lost no time in getting into the leading pack. The strong running pair of Stephen Kelly and Brian Martin who's running very well at the moment pushed hard and drove the pack on. Less than seventeen minutes later, Kelly put in a great sprint finish to finish in seventh place overall in 16:55, just three seconds ahead of Martin 16:58. Backed up by some good performances from Ruaidhri Nolan 17:25 and Stephen Duggan 17:49, this quartet won the men's team event. Picking up first place in their category's were Shane Larkin and Conor Cooney. John Reilly, who's really starting to run well had a fabulous run to cover the course in 18:26 which put him second in his category. Also running well was John Hough who ran 18:39 for second place in his age group. Club Chairman, Aonghus O'Connor got in on the act and ran a solid 19:09 for the distance. Nice running there lads. For our ladies, the in form Mary Leech gunned it from the start and her relentless pace burnt off the opposition to ensure she came home a worthy winner in 18:36, good enough for 18th place overall. With Noreen Mackey not far behind in 19:27, things were looking good in the ladies team event. Ciara O'Reilly 20:02 and Pamela Howard 20:04, pushed each other on and this four secured the ladies team prize. Nuala Reilly , as usual, delivered a top class run to win her category and the great Barney Flannery making a welcome return to racing finished third in his age group. Yasmin Canning had a solid run of 20:15 to place second in her age group. Others who ran well were Gerry Mullins, Sarah Clarke and Carmel Keenan.
Dublin Athletic Board Graded Meeting:
Three of DDAC's 400 metre specialists took part in this series of races which were held last Wednesday in Irishtown, Dublin. In the men's C1 race, Hugh O'Reilly ran a nice 58:28, good enough for second place, with Gerry O'Connor fourth in 59:91. Erin McHugh had reason to smile as she ran a speedy 68:94 to finish eighth in her event against good opposition. Nice early season running there.
Mark O'Shea kicked off his outdoor season in glorious sunshine in Santry last Sunday when running a swift 2.00.06 to finish 9th in the A 800m at the AAI Games.
Bohermeen 5k Road Race. Seven of DDAC's finest took part in last Sunday's 5k road race. This fast flat course suited our runners and several of them won category prizes. John Reilly finished 22nd overall and first in his category as did Nuala Reilly who ran 22:02. Paddy Murphy ran a solid 19:37 to finish second in his age group. Perhaps the run of the day was by young Abigail Tegart who ran a speedy 22:42 which was good enough for second place in the Junior race. Stephen Kelly ran well to finish tenth overall with Roger Tegart and Jackser Reilly also running well.
Edinburgh Marathon: Well done to Niamh Matthews who ran the Edinburgh Marathon at the weekend in a time of 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Liverpool Half Marathon:
Five of our members travelled to Liverpool last weekend to take part in the Half Marathon. First home in a fine time of 1 hour and 27 minutes was club coach Eoin McGinn. Next in was Ged Kenny who finished in 2:26, followed by Alison Browne and Sharon Finn in 2:30. Lorraine Brannigan, our fifth member to finish ran 2:33 for the distance.
Last Saturday's Parkrun was a good day at the office for two of our runners who set new Pb times for this challenging course. Both Robert Kierans 21:47 and Deirdre McFerran 25:30 had their fastest run to date on this beautiful cross country course. Also taking part was Donal Branigan who ran 35:41 for the distance. Well done to this trio.
Club News 28th May 2016
Drogheda and District Summer Graded #2There were some fine individual performances at last Thursday's graded track meeting in the Lourdes Stadium. The weather God's were good to us but a strong wind made things difficult for the distance runners. With close on 130 competitors and 12 track races, the administrators were kept busy to say the least. In the 200 metres races, Lee McGuinness won his event with a bit to spare from Karl Carton, with Tomas Heriben close behind. A real battle for club honours there! Our ladies had a similar battle in their race with Mary Lyndsey winning in 31:40, just ahead of Tara Shortt in 31:60. Andrea McCabe finished in 5th place in 33:20 with Una McGreehan O'Grady in sixth place. Others who ran well over this distance included Andrew Kelly who won his race in a fast 24:60, and Frank Cruise who ran a nice 28:80. Phillipa Donnelly and Mary Flanagan also ran well. In the 1500 metres, Shane Larkin produced a great sprint finish to pip Brian Lynch from Dundalk for 2nd place in his race. No mean feat as Brian is the world record holder for his age category in this event. Club captain Rob Power ran hard to record a nice 5:44 for the distance. In the second 1500 metres race, Stephen Geraghty's time of 5:26 was good enough to win by a mere half a second. Rob Kierans finished in sixth place in 5:44 with Frank Brady next in 5:52. Sinead Weldon was tenth in 6:16 with young Una McGreehan O'Grady in 13th place with 7:14 Last event of the night was the 5k, run over twelve and a half laps of the track. Brian Martin, who's running very well at the moment ran a speedy 17:11 to finish second in his race. Club coach Eoin McGinn was next in 10th place in 19:20, great running giventhe windy conditions. Noreen Mackey, who seems to be getting stronger with every race ran a really solid 19:30 for the distance and will certainly go well in the Summer road races. Gerry Mullins had a great battle with Roger Tegart with Mullins just edging it in 20:45 with Tegert running 20:54. Good running lads.
In the second 5k race, Christy Duffy was first home for the club in 6th place with 22:15. Helen Dillon and Edel Smith both ran well with only six seconds between them at the finish, 25:43 and 25:49. Barney Flannery, Mark Marren and Natalie Doyle Bradley all ran well on the night. Our next graded meeting is on Thursday 2nd of June and the eventswill be, 100/400 metres, Mile and Lon Jump. . Bob Heffernan 5k, Enfield. A wet and windy evening didn't deter the more than five hundred runners who turned up for this very popular road race. This 5k race which is run over a very fair course always attracts a high quality field and this year was no exception. Conor Cooney and Nuala Reilly both had a good day at the office as they managed to win their age categories with some strong running during the second half of the race. Cooney ran a nice 21:13 with Reilly running 22:12 for the distance. Good early season running by these two prolific racers. Well done Conor and Nuala.
Great Bristol 10K Well done to David Campbell who ran the Great Bristol 10k last week in a swift time of 38.04 and finished 131st out of 10,000 competitors!
Club News 21st May 2016
Leinster Schools Track and FieldThere was great news from Santry last Wednesday where Cormac Canning, representing St Mary's DS Drogheda, has just finished second in the Junior 1500m to qualify for the All-Ireland Schools finals in Tullamore in June. His time of 4.27.74 is a big PB taking 9 seconds off his previous best and continues on from the Cross Country season, where Cormac placed 4th in the Schools Junior Boys race in Sligo. Canning ran an intelligent race, staying off the early pace, then moving up to the leader's shoulder with a lap to go. Canning's mature racing brain saw him doing all the right things and it took a former national champion to best him on this occasion.
Well done from all in the club Cormac.
Clonliffe 2 Mile Road Race.
Last Tuesday saw the 125th running of the Clonliffe 2 mile road race. This is without doubt the oldest road race in Ireland. To honour this occasion, the weather decided to turn really nasty. Driving rain and a strong wind ruled out fast times for the field of 200 runners. After one complete lap of the beautiful tartan track, the race headed out onto the road. Mary Leech who is showing great early season form was already leading lady and well up in the chasing pack. Passing through the first mile in 5:44, Leech was stretching her lead and pushed hard as the race made its way through the parkland section of the course. Leech put in a great finish to record a fine 11 minutes and 34 seconds for the two miles, good enough for 23rd place overall. Others who ran on the night included Martin Duffy who finished second in his category and Suzanne McCabe who ran a steady race and finished strongly.
Navan AC Simon Cumbers 6k Road Race.
At least 20 of our members made the short trip last Friday to Navan, County Meath. The Simon Cumbers 6k road race which is run over a fair course always attracts a large field and weather conditions were good. Making a welcome return to racing and first home for the club was Derek Winters in a speedy 20 minutes and 52 seconds, good enough for 13th place overall. Great running for someone who's just coming back into competitive running. Next in was Shane Larkin who produced a fine run of 21:16 to place third in his category, as did John Reilly who will be one to watch out for this Summer. A great battle took place between Brian Guilfoyle, Jackser Reilly, and Gerry Mullins with only six seconds between them at the finish. First lady home was Michelle Hughes who had a strong run to finish in 25:16. Good running there Michelle. Conor Cooney ran his usual crafty race and despite havig a sore neck finished second in his category in 26:15. Going one better was the ever consistent Nuala Reilly who raced well to win her category in 26:42. Margaret McAuley placed third in her category. Others who ran well included Barbara Byrne, Jane Glynn and Aimee Corcoran. While for the men, Robert Kierans and Stephen Geraghty went well.
Terenure 5 mile Road Race.
Enda Martin had a fine run in this year's event to finish in 33 minutes and 33 seconds. Liam Farrell ran a steady race and came home in 35:31. Further back was Gerard Fay who recorded 45:41 for the distance.
Last Saturday's fine weather attracted some of our runners to the 100th Oldbridge Parkrun and the fine weather helped some of them to record new Pb times for the 5k course. Results are as follows:
1 Stephen KELLY 17:06 23 Jim NOLAN 22:14 27 Declan MAC MAHON 22:24 (new PB) 40 David BIRCH 23:45 (new PB) 46 Eimear KNOWLES 24:05 (new PB) 47 Evan O'CONNOR 24:16 90 Richard CHEEVERS 28:43 91 Rachel CAROLAN 28:43 115 Donal BRANIGAN 33:27 124 Janella CLARKE 34:48 129 Donna CAROLAN 35:38 (New PB) 130 Valerie CAMPBELL 35:39 (new PB)
Club News 16th May 2016
Leinster Masters Road Race Championships.
Less than 24 hours after the success of the Boyne 10k, a crack team of D&D's finest set off to Gowran, Kilkenny, in search of more championship gold. The Leinster Masters 3k championship is a real hotbed of talent and it really was a case of the best against the best on this occasion. Fresh from their silver medal winning run at the National road relays, spirits were high and the nerves were starting to tingle. Our team of Ciara O Reilly, Yasmin Canning and Mary Leech had a plan and it was time to put it into action. This race which always starts at a furious pace was no different this year. Straight from the gun our three girls found themselves working hard and the next 11 minutes were going to be difficult! Mary Leech took up a position at the head of the chasing pack and worked hard to try and bridge the gap to the race leader, a national class athlete. Close behind, her teammates, O'Reilly and Canning were running a tactical race, choosing to shelter from the strong headwind and picking off their opponents over the course of the rather testing and windswept course. Leech was well rewarded for her brave front running by finishing in second place overall and first in her age category in a speedy 11 minutes and 5 seconds. Sticking to her plan, O'Reilly worked her way through the field to finish in 10th place overall and third in her category in a fine 11:42. Canning, knowing that it was all down to her stuck gamely to her task. Her run of 11:54 earned her 12th place overall. Our ladies team packed really well and this performance earned this trio second place in both the club and county team championship. Well done Ladies on a top class performance when it mattered the most.
RTE 5 mile road race. Last Saturday's 5 mile road race tempted five of our members to run. This fast, flat course run over four laps was just what our runners were looking for. The pocket rocket, Shane Larkin has hit a purple patch of late and took off right from the gun. The next 29 minutes were all about hard sustained running, which is Larkin's trademark. Larkin's time of 29:19 was good enough to earn him second place in his category and put a big smile on his face. Going one better was Nuala Reilly, who ran hard and well to win her age category. It wouldn't be a race without the ever consistent Reilly there. Conor Cooney, perhaps one of the cleverest runners in Irish road running circles did it again. Cooney, who always seems to get the early pace right, picked off all his opponents bar one and finished second in his age category. Gerry Mullins, who is sharpening up for the Cork marathon at the end of the month ran a nice 34:05 and was happy with his run. Also going well was Jackser Reilly who's coming back into form after a bout of illness. Well done all and no doubt you enjoyed the after race refreshments!
Louth Juvenile Track Championships. The future of Irish Athletics is in good hands if the last weekend is anything to go by. At the Louth Juvenile Track Championships which were held In Drogheda and in Bush, Cooley there were some tremendous performances. The sun eventually came out at the very end of three days top class competition at the county juvenile track and field Championships. Drogheda and District A.C. had our biggest entry to date in these championships which is a testament to all the work of the coaches each week with this dedicated group of athletes. Star of the show was new member Lee McGuinness. A recent convert from football, Lee blitzed the field when running a very fast time of 10.8 seconds for the U19 100m. This gold was a nice companion piece to the silver Lee took in the Long Jump on Friday night. Despite being totally new to the event, he recorded six jumps over 5 meters with the best being 5.31m in the first round. Lee also had the first of many battles to come with Sam Reddin in the 400m, when the pair pushed each other all the way to the line with Sam just getting the nod from the judges in 56.0 seconds with Ronan Devine taking the bronze medal. Robert Caffery took the Gold over the same distance in 62.9 seconds. Sunday saw the club take three county titles in the 1500m with Sam O'Neill (U19), Robert Caffery (U17) and Cormac Canning (U16), who will take part in the Leinster Schools finals later this week, in the U16 age group all post winning times to claim gold in their age groups. Leo Mclean won a silver in the U19 race. Cormac also took the U16 800m title for good measure in a time of 2.15.4 while Robert was second in the u17 race in 2.15.0. It was 1,2,3 for the club in the U19 800m, where Sam Reddin took his second victory of the day in 2.07.4 with Sam O'Neill second and Ronan Devine third. Blathnaid Donnelly continues to progress in the sprints where she took bronze medals in the U17 100m (13.7) and 200m (29.2) despite a heavy fall on the line. Our youngest competitor, Harry Caffery also came away with a medal when taking third in the U15 Long Jump with a mark of 4.16m. Harry also ran well in the 200m, making the final where he placed 5th. U15 Boys 200m Heat 3 Harry Caffery Drogheda & District A.C. 28.1 Final 5 Harry Caffery Drogheda & District A.C. 28.1 U15 Boys Long Jump 3 Harry Caffery Drogheda & District 4.16 U16 Boys 800m 1 Cormac Canning Drogheda & District A.C. 2.15.4 U16 Boys 1500m 1 Cormac Canning Drogheda & District A.C. 4.45.7 U17 Girls 100m 3 Blathnaid Donnelly Drogheda & District A.C. 13.7 U17 Girls 200m 3 Blathnaid Donnelly Drogheda & District A.C. 29.2 U17 Boys 400m 1 Robert Caffery Drogheda & District A.C. 62.9 U17 Boys 800m 2 Robert Caffery Drogheda & District A.C. 2.15.0 U17 Boys 1500m 1 Robert Caffery Drogheda & District A.C. 4.45.3 U19 Boys 100m 1 Lee McGuinness Drogheda & District A.C. 10.8 U19 Boys 400m 1 Sam Reddin Drogheda & District A.C. 56.0 2 Lee McGuinness Drogheda & District A.C. 56.3 3 Ronan Devine Drogheda & District A.C. 75.2 U19 Boys 800m 1 Sam Reddin Drogheda & District A.C. 2.07.4 2 Sam O'Neill Drogheda & District A.C. 2.11.9 3 Ronan Devine Drogheda & District A.C. 2.46.7 U19 Boys 1500m 1 Sam O'Neill Drogheda & District A.C. 4.28.9 2 Leo Mcclean Drogheda & District A.C. 5.04.7 U19 Boys Long Jump 2 Lee McGuinness Drogheda & District A.C. 5.31
Club News 5th May 2016
Coca Cola Boyne 10k.This was the big one! Months of planning and lots of hard work had finally gotten this event to the starting line. Last Sunday's Coca Cola Boyne 10k was about to happen. The atmosphere in West Street was electric with the serious runners warming up while others chose to hug their loved ones and wish them well for the race. With over 1800 competitors, this race really has grown to be one of the biggest and the best in Ireland. Another sign of the growing stature of this race is the presence of both National and International class athletes in the starting line up. Also at stake were championship medals as this year's race was designated as the Louth 10k road race championship. Once the gun went and the large field headed across West Street, the red vests of D&D were soon up in the leading pack. The next six miles were all about hard sustained running with the ever present Rathmullen hill at the back of many of the runners minds. Undeterred by this, Mark O'Shea put in a fabulous run over a distance which he rarely runs to come home in seventh place overall in a fine time of 34:51. Next in was Brian Martin in 8th place in 35:05 with Stephen Kelly and David Walsh close behind. This group of four packed well to win the county championship team title with O'Shea winning third place in the individual men's race. For our ladies, Noreen Mackey, who had a superb run to finish in 41:02 was delighted as she won the Ladies county title. Next home was Pamela Howard who couldn't stop smiling after her 41:27 which got her the silver medal. Backed up by Mags Nugent, these trio won the Women's team title. In the mens over 60 category, Christy Duffy ran 49:47 to finish in second place. Oftentimes the real heroes in these team races are the non scoring club runners who push their rivals further down the rankings. Some fabulous running was done by Eoin McGinn who had a superb 39:19 run on the day. Also running well were David Campbell, Paddy Murphy and John Hough. Further down the field but running well were Derek Winters, Artur Kwik and Ziad Chammas. For our Ladies, Jane Glynn, Barbara Byrne and Sarah Clarke ran well. Nuala reilly as ever won her category in a speedy 46:26 on what is one tough course. Perhaps the real winners on the day were the hundreds of runners who crossed the line to complete their first 10k. Huge thanks has to go to all the sponsors and all who helped to make this year's race such a success.
Summer graded track series.
The first of this year's Summer graded track meetings took place last Thursday at the Lourdes Stadium. On an evening that the Winter would be proud of, a bitingly cold wind and heavy showers really tested the resolve of all who took part. About one hundred athletes took part in the four events on offer which included the 100, 800 and 3000 metre distances and also a Long jump competition. In the 100 metres event, there were seven races. Phillipa Donnelly ran well to win her race in a fine 16.1 seconds with Mary Flanagan in fourth place in 18.5. In race three, Pol O'Murchu and Andrea McCabe had a great battle with O'Murchu just edging it for third place by 0.2 of a second. Blathnaid Donnelly, who is really running well at the moment had no trouble winning her race in a speedy 13.5 seconds with Cian Martin-Bohan in 3rd place in 14.2. Frank Cruise and Lynn Brown both ran well in the last 100 metre race to finish in third and sixth place respectively. In the 800 metre races, Sam Reddin ran well to win his race in a fast 2:13, three seconds ahead of Hugh Callan in second place. Pol O'Murchu finished in sixth with 2:28. In race 2, Tomas O'Heriban ran 2:31, good enough for fourth place. Evan O'Connor and Stephen Geraghty had to run hard to win the battle for 13th place with O'Connor shading it in 2:50. In race three, young Ronan Devine had a good run to win his race in 2:48 and finished with a smile on his face. Cian Martin-Bohan was third in 2:53. Luke Rooney and Gillian Doheny both ran well in this event.
The last event of the night was the 3000 metres. Brian Martin ran a decent 10 minutes and 1 seconds to finish in second place. Ruaidhri Nolan and Shane Larkin had a great race for 5th place with only a second between them, Nolan just edging it with 10:13. In race 2, Darren Maguire ran 14:02, good enough for 10th place with Suzanne McCabe next in 14:13. Well done to all who took.part on what had to be the coldest April track meet we've had yet.
Oldbridge Parkrun. Last Saturday's Parkrun was held in near perfect weather conditions and seven of our members toed the start line. Gerry Mullins, put his marathon training to good use and ran hard to record a new Pb time of 20:42, which earned him fifth place overall. Nice running only two weeks after his run in the Hamburg marathon. The ever cheerful Jim Nolan was happy with his run as he finished in sixth place in his fastest time yet for the distance. For our ladies, Mary McDonnell and Deirdre McFerran used the speed gained from their road relay training to record Pb's for the challenging but fair 5k lap. Good running girls. Others who ran well included Declan McMahon, Evan O'Connor and Rose Dalton. Well done all who took part.
Club News 13th April 2016
Last Thursday's mile trial held at the Lourdes Stadium produced a series of races that won't be forgotten in a hurry. At stake were much coveted places on the club teams for the upcoming National road relays. Despite the swirling wind, many of our red group ladies put in strong performances on the night to record Personal best times. Mary Leech who is in flying form at the moment ran a speedy 5:24 for the mile to guarantee herself a place on the first team. Not far behind a titanic struggle was taking place between Yasmin Canning, Erin McHugh and Ciara O'Reilly for the other two places. Canning put in a storming finish to record 5:42 and just edged out McHugh who ran 5:44 which was a new Pb by a massive 12 seconds. Fourth place finisher O'Reilly couldn't stop smiling as she also ran a fine 5:49, taking 6 seconds off her previous best time. Close behind, Noreen Mackey, Mags Nugent and Barbara Byrne were running well and will be hoping to make one of the ladies teams. For the men, it was eyeballs out from the gun. First home was Paul Smith in 4:47, which was great running on a rough night. Robbie Maher, the club's bionic man, ran a well judged race to finish second in 4:58 with Shane Larkin third in 5:13. Others who ran well included Hugh Callan who ran a Pb by 7 seconds and Pol O'Murchu who ran 5:22 for a Pb. Well done also to the Glen Emmett's crew fresh from their 5k program who took part on the night. K club 10k road race. With a reputation for having the best after race spread in Irish road racing, this race tempted seven of D&D's finest to take part. Run over what would be considered a challenging course, the pocket rocket Shane Larkin and Paddy Murphy scorched round the course in Pb times to ensure they were among the first back for the food! Larkin, who is in great form at the moment ran a superb 36:37 with Murphy breaking the 40 minute mark for the first time with a fine 39:57. Two great early season runs and lots more to come from this pair. Nuala Reilly as usual won her age category with a solid 45 minutes run for the distance. Conor Cooney was just edged out for a category prize and finished fourth in 44 minutes. Gerry Mullins, who is getting ready to run in the Hamburg marathon next week, sharpened up with a good 42 minute run. Jackser Reilly and Jim Nolan got round the course well and should go well come the Summer races. Great Ireland 5k and 10k road races. There was a huge turnout of club members for this very popular 10k race which was run over a rather challenging course. Nevertheless, there were plenty of Pb performances recorded and the club coaches seem to be doing something thats working. Brian Martin had a terrific run to cover the distance in 35:18 with Ruaidhri Nolan next in with 37:27. Going sub 40 minutes for the first time was Eoin McGinn who ran a fine 39:51with new member Brian Pentony not far behind in 40:54. The group training system is working well as both David Shiel and Roger Tegart both ran strong races to finish in 41:40 and 43:43 respectively. Club captain Rob Power ran a solid 46 minutes for the distance. For our ladies, Noreen Mackey, who's getting stronger with every weeks training ran a good 41:16. Nuala Reilly was our next lady home and her time of 46:40 was good enough to earn her third place in her category. Jane Glynn had a nice run and her time of 49 minutes was a fair run given the conditions. Other good performances came from David O'Neill and John Corcoran. In the shorter 5k event, Kieran McGrath really impressed when finishing in 7th place overall in 17:38, a fine early season run by McGrath. Sinead Weldon ran hard and was rewarded with a new Pb of 22:18. Well done Kieran and Sinead. Louth Juvenile pre Championships. These track races which are a warm up before the county championships took place last Saturday at the Lourdes Stadium. The run of the day belonged to be Blathnaid Donnelly who put in a storming run to win her U17 girls 100 metre race. Sam Reddin was just pipped on the line and got silver in his 100 metres. Running in the girls U15 800 metres, Abigail Tegart who is only 13 had a great run to finish in 5th place. In the boys 800 metres, there were three age groups run together and the first five home were all from D&D. Sam O'Neill led home Sam Reddin with James Nolan third. About twenty juvenile members, many of them first timers took part in these races, with some good running shown by the future stars of our club. Oldbridge Parkrun. Eight of our members gave this popular run a go last Saturday. First home in the red vest and 7th overall was Stephen Geraghty in 21:10. Nor far behind in 11th place was Aimee Corcoran, running 22:37 which is a new Pb for her. Others who ran well were Declan Mcmahon, Evan O'Connor and Janella Clarke. Blathnaid Donnelly 415 Sam O'Neill 418 followed by Sam Reddin and James Nolan. Paddy Murphy 1535 Eoin McGinn 645.
Smith Brings home the silver -Updated 5th April 2016
Drogheda and Districts Paul Smith brings home the silver. On Tuesday last the European Master Athletics championships in kicked off in Ancona Italy. First up for DDAC was world bronze medallist Mark O’Shea who got the week off to a flying start by easing his way into the final with a strong run in his 800m heat. On Wednesday it was the turn of Paul Smith and David Walsh in the 3k, who both ran very well to finish 14th and 15th overall in a very strong field. Thursday then saw Mark O’Shea back in action in the 800m final and he was very unlucky to just miss out on the medals, finishing 4th in a sprint finish in what was a very tactical race. On Friday David Walsh was back on the track, running a fine 4m18s 1500 meters to qualify for Saturday’s final, a massive achievement in itself in what was David debut season at this level. In the final on Saturday, David again ran very well in a super-fast race finishing 12th overall. Sunday was the final day of action in Italy and it seems Paul Smith was saving the best for last, Paul lined out for the 5km cross country, and along with Ronan Kearns of Rathfarnham WASF and Niall Sheil of St. Killians AC Wexford made up the Ireland team who finished in second place behind host nation Italy, bringing home the silver medals for club and country.
Closer to home on Easter Monday More than twenty DDAC athletes made the short journey to Mountpleasant for this very popular 5k outside Dundalk, this course which has a fast downhill start followed by a tough climb further on is not for the faint hearted. Sam O’Neil was first home for the club and picked up 2nd place overall, in-form Mary Leech was first lady home for the club and won the ladies race overall. Conor Cooney also picked up category prize winning the mens over 60’s.There were lots of other good performances throughout the field also including Sam Reddin who has put his recent injury problems firmly behind him, club captain Rob Power, Pol O’Murchu and Cormac Canning who won the U16 mile race. In the ladies Jacqueline Gill and Barbara O'Donnell were next in after Mary Leech for the club, with Phillipa Donnelly, Siobhan Redmond and Ciara Byrne close behind. Others who took part on the day included Belinda Clifford, Mary Reilly and Margo Duffy Meanwhile on the same day in Dublin at the Battle of Clontarf 10 miler which was also the Leinster senior road race championships, a swirling wind and a course full of twists and turns made for a hard day at the office for our athletes. Another great 10 mile run of 69 minutes saw Noreen Mackey finish 3rd overall in the ladies race, while the mens team of Brian Martin 58 minutes, Stephen Kelly 61 minutes (who also picked up 3rd in his age category) and Shane Larkin 62 minutes took 3rd team overall, with club stalwart Gerry Mullins also crossing the line in 71 minutes.
Mary Leech wins twice on the road in one week - Updated 5th April 2016
On Saturday last Mary Leech was back in action, this time it was the BHAA road race in Raheny where she again crossed the line in 1st place from a field of 220 women to make it 2 wins on the road inside a week, this race also saw Nuala Reilly pick up a 2nd place category. And in the mens race it was Conor Cooney again picking up a 2nd place category, Shane Larkin also ran very strongly and really seems to have found his form crossing the line in an impressive 23:10 in the 4 mile race.
At the ever popular Dunboyne 4 mile race on Sunday, Enda Martin led the club home in tough conditions with a solid 26:13, with Nuala Reilly once again leading the ladies home and picking up yet another 1st place category prize. And not to be out done Conor Cooney replicated with a 1st place in his own category, while other club members that ran well were Aimee Corcoran who is really finding her groove lately, Jane Glynn and Sandra Maher. Paul Smith wasn’t the only club member running in Italy on Sunday, as serial Marathon running Liam Farell was also on the road, this time notching up another European marathon in Milan, running a very strong time of 4:01:54. Sunday had a distinctly European feel for DDAC as we also had a team at the Berlin ½ Marathon, Paul Reilly led the club group home in a super time of 1:29:02 with Martin Duffy not far behind in 1:29:11. Frank McCarthy also ran a fine race crossing for 1:39 with Paul Faulkner making up the DDAC team. What was a very busy week was finally rounded off at the Glen Emmets 5k back in Tulyallen. This race was the culmination of the very successful Glen Emmets Couch to 5k program and was run over a challenging course. David Campbell led the DDAC contingent home in a race that also saw strong performances from DDAC coach and Glen emmets mentor Eoin McGinn, as we as Edel Smith, Paul Barell, and Margo Duffy for whom this was her 2nd road race inside a week.