The Poulmucka Road Races took place last Friday night with the Club very well represented in both the 5k and 8K races.
Right from the start David Ryan made his intentions known as he was part of the leading group in the early stages. Then as the race unfolded David went to the front and increased the tempo, a tempo he held all the way to the finish to win very convincingly in 26 mins 42 secs. David becomes the first Club man to win this event. Paudie O’Keeffe was 2nd in 27 mins 35 secs, Gerard O Loughlin 15th 29:26, Valerin Thzcoin 16th 29:36, Angela McCann 2nd Senior lady in 30:16 and who was presented with a lovely piece of glass for her contribution to the Sport at local level by the organising committee and well done to Donna Nagle for her short speech. Then we had the following two athletes winning 2nd team prize, John Walsh 23rd (31:04), Ian Purcell 25th (31:21) along with Gerard and Valerin. The 3rd team prize was won by the combined efforts of Brian Carroll26th (31:25), James Denn 27th (31:30), Niall O Ceallaigh 30th (31:50) and Dave Johnson 36th (32:27) with Aine Roche finishing 3rd Senior Women in 32:20. We also had good performances from Tom Morrissey 37th (32:32), Mark Corcoran 39th (32:44), Barry Horgan 42nd (32:56), Peter Kiely 45th (33:03), Pat O’Connor 48th (33:09), Ciaran O’Flaherty 49th (33:11), Noel Prendergast 53rd (33:27), Johanna Lacy who won the over 35 Women’s prize when 54th (33:30), Donal Casey 57th (33:56), Andrew McHale 61st (34:19), Cyril Fogarty 66th (34:58), Tom Butler 67th (35:07), Ian Condon 70th (35:33), Adrian Lonergan 71st (35:35), Maurice Boland 72nd (35:39), Eamon English 76th (36:02), John Tobin 80th (36:30), Eddie Prendergast 83rd (36:51), Frank Lynch 89th (37:19), Tony McCarthy 93rd (37:51) Tom Barry 94th (37:56). Then we had the following four athletes win the 2nd team award with newcomer Oonagh Duffy winning her 1st prize and they were Pamela Lynch 75th (35:44), Rosie Casey 79th (36:18), Donna Nagle 96th (38:00) and Oonagh Duffy 99th (38:15). Donna herself got a surprise presentation of an engagement cake by the organising committee. Joe Grinsell won the over 60 award in 38:18, Tom Hally 104th (38:23), Lizzie Ryan who was 1st over 45 Women in 38:25. The following four athletes won the 2nd Women’s team award and they were Angela Walsh 104th (38:29), Orla Durand 108th (38:47), Anne Maher 112th (39:03) and Kate Hassett 131st (40:36) while Aline Neumerzhitskaya won the Junior Women’s prize in 39:20. We also had good performances from Philip Quigley 107th (38:46), Emmett Asking 110th (38:58), Gary Morrison 111th (39:02), Tom Quinn 122nd (39:47), Rose McKeown won her 2nd prize in a row when 2nd over 45 in 39:54, Tara Guthrie 132nd (40:43), Noel Higgins 135th (40:54), Anna Byrne 136th (40:56), Marion O Neill 138th (41:00), Hazel Galloway 139th (41:13),Bernie Hopkins 140th (41:28), Clare Kinsella 143rd (42:05), T J O Loughlin 144th (42:05),Mary Pyke 153rd (43:03), Eamon Crowley 154th (43:05), Bernie Walsh 158th (43:43), Jackie Reidy 165th (45:45), Gary Hallinan 168th (47:09), Siobhain Roche 169th (47:10) and Ollie McGee 175th ( 60:08).
The Meet and Train 5K attracted a record entry of 100 athletes and it was great to see athletes travel from many parts of the County and afar to compete in this type of race as it augurs well for the future. Looking through the results for some of our members it was their debut over this course and it was great to see them all running well and finishing strongly. Here our Club members that ran very well included Mike Fitzgibbon who was 4th finisher in 22 mins 13 secs. Sheena Mullins paced herself very well over this route when winning 2nd prize as the closest to her predicted time. Sheena predicted 23:20 and ran the distance in 23:14. Andrea Keenan is another athletes who will be very pleased with her performance that saw her win 3rd prize, Andrea ran 31:19, 11 secs faster than her predicted time. Anne Fahey winning 7th prize when finishing in 29:17, 17 secs outside her predicted time. Then we had Ger McDonald winning 12th prize when running 25:07, 23 secs faster than her prediction. She was followed across the line by Joan Guidera 14th in 23:08 with Tracey Weight finishing 15th in 23:38. Then we had the trio of Regina Boyle 20th (26:34), Claire Tierney 21st (26:35) and Regina Burke 22nd (23:35) running well. Aisling Kearney making her debut in this race ran well when finishing 25th in 27:02 with Caitriona O Connor 4 secs adrift. Tracey Gibson ran well when finishing 28th in 28:18. We also had good performances from Georgina Gilligan 32nd 27:29, Helen Gilman 33rd 27:34, Lena Griffin 37th 27:49, Ashling O Hara 40th 28:12, Karen Looby 42nd 28:16, Julette O Sullivan 47th (28:25), Una Kiernan 48th (28:26), Madeline Fahey 49th (28:33), Anne Ryan 50th (28:37), Anne Gaughran 56th (29:09), Caoimhe Hogan 63rd (29:44), Majella Quinlivan 64th (29:49), Kiara Delahunty 71st (30:00), Mary Casey 73rd (30:16), Dearbhaile O Keeffe 75th (30:53), Jackie Reidy 92nd (35:53) and Stephanie Molloy who was 97th in 39:19.