The Annual Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford Half Marathon/10K in aid of St Brigid’s Special School, Dundalk took place on Saturday March 2. This was the 7th year of the run and by far the biggest yet as 900 people assembled in the grounds of the Four Seasons Hotel to participate or support this event.
The event is run every year in order to raise much needed money for the School’s Speech and Language Therapist, which is solely funded through fundraising with the Help of the Parents and Friends Association.
“Speech therapy is a vital resource for our children, without this our children would be left on the large waiting lists with the HSE. This service allows every child to get at least one Speech and Language Therapy session a week, so without this event there would be no Speech Therapist at St Brigid’s School”, said Kate O’ Brennan on behalf of the Parents and Friends Association.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the huge number of participants this year. 730 People registered to participate in this race today. The Four Seasons Hotel very generously provided us the use of their Leisure Centre and car park to facilitate the Start/Finish of the race, together with post race refreshments, all free of charge.
“We would sincerely like to thank all our Sponsors for their generous support including The Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Centre, Carlingford Red Cross, The Gardai, Kennedys Bar, Frank Lynch and Company, FfYFS Bananas, Ciarán Culligan (Official Photographer) 26Extreme and all the Volunteers who gave up their time today”, said event organiser Orla McBride.
The winner of the Half Marathon was Niall McCabe with Simon Mulvey finishing 2nd and Dermot Mathers coming in 3rd place. The first lady past the line was Karen Alexander, with Tara Malone 2nd, 3rd placed was Paula Prendergast.
The 10K winner was Shane Lynch with Patrick Brennan 2nd and Tony Keenan 3rd. The first lady past the 10K finish was Jenny Mullery, while 2nd was Orla O’Leary and 3rd Caroline O’Hanlon.
Old and new faces turn out for Blackrock AC
There was a tremendous turnout from Blackrock AC in the sports arena at Gormanston college last weekend.
The day started promptly with the 60m sprints. Our younger athletes in the U8s race, Millie Power, Sophie McArdle and Nicola McElroy ran great races in a very tough field.
Next up for the U10s was Tia Power and Ciara O’Brien who both ran excellent races. Senan McCarthy ran a great race in the Boys U10 60m with Odhran Rafferty and David Coyle providing stiff competition.
Our girls Ciara O’Brien, Tia Power, Millie Power, Sophie McArdle and new comer Nicola McElroy ran superb races in both the 60m and 300m, warming them up nicely for their tremendous bronze win later on in the relay.
A great result with our U10 boys with an explosive run by Leo MacRuairi to secure 1st in 60 metre sprint. Aaron Spaight also ran a great 300m race, as did Ryan Rafferty and Oisin McGrath, two of the newer up and coming athletes to the club.
Jonah Power ran a very strong 300m to pick up a great silver. These boys later combined their talents to take a well-deserved bronze in the U11 relay.
Our U11 girls were out in force, this being a huge squad of up and coming athletes new and old with our Neasa Reilly, one of our top athletes, winning the 300m and getting bronze in the U12 60m.
Eimear Fee, Aoife O’Brien and Caoilfhionn McCarthy ran great 300m heats to also qualify for the final. Aoibhionn McMahon, Elish Todd, Leah McArdle, Maedbh Fee, Faye Tinsley, Megan Halligan and Tolu Stephen also did the club proud. While mixing the teams evenly we still secured 3rd in the U11 relay with Aoibhionn, Maedbh, Eilish and Leah being the successful team.
Our U13 Kelly Breen ran a fantastic race getting 3rd and then went on to secure silver in the U13 relay with Nessa and Aoibhionn, with Caoilfhionn McCarthy getting them off to a great start and staying on par with Boyne AC girls.
Shauna McMahon ran a great round in the U15 300m and later secured silver in the relay with Nessa, Kelly and Aoibhionn, there is no stopping these young girls.
The toddlers race saw Senan Rafferty, Eoin O’Brienand David Coyle‘s younger sister producing great performances, watch this space for these budding athletes!
Geraldines GFC Four Mile Run
Following on from the successful Operation Gersformation health and fitness programme, Geraldines GFC are staging an inaugural four mile road race/fun run on Saturday March 23 at 5pm.
The Geraldines GFC/MACE, Four Mile Road Race and Fun Run will take place from Haggardstown to Blackrock and back, an event which is open to everyone and is a timed and chipped event, with an AAI permit granted.
This event is also open to joggers and walkers and promises to have something for everyone, from elite runners to casual walkers.
The cost is €10 payable on the day and includes refreshments. Registration is available from 3pm on March 23.
More details on www.Facebook.com/OperationGersformation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0863224508.
Hardy souls battle the elements at Sportsmans Duathlon
When Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to ‘beware the Ides of March’, he should have passed it on the duathletes on the start line in last Sunday’s Setanta Triathlon Club Duathlon.
In all, 129 hardy souls took to the start line as the winter squalls and snow flurries swept down from Black Mountain into transition during the race briefing at the traditional Sportsman’s venue.
Race one winner Paul Carroll once again lead from the gun and held off the competition to claim his second victory in a time of 50:30. Moving up one position into second spot on the day was Desi Foley, clocking in a time of 52:42. Taking the final spot on the podium was Dessie Duffy in 53:41.
In the female race it was to be Setanta’s Suzy Mackin registering her second victory in the series, showing her quicker pace of one second, in a time of 59:48.
Her male counterparts dropping one minute on previous times !! In second position in a time of 1:01:08 was Helen White. Adele Neill taking the third spot in 1:02:32.
Other age-group winners on the day were as follows:- (14-19) Conor Smith; Aoibheann Byrne; (20-29) Richard Murphy; Niamh O’Brien; (30-39) Cathal Grant; Andrea McGuinness; (40-49) Gerry McCabe; AN Other; (50-59) David Clarke; Roseleen Cawley-Claire; (60-69) Ted Quinn
Thanks once again to the Sportsman’s Bar, Red Cross, Garda and all the marshals who braved the bitter cold instead of pinning on the race numbers.
Glenmore AC athletes in good form for their school
Congratulations to Bush Post Primary students who participated in the Schools All-Ireland Cross Country on Saturday.
A special mention to Glenmore AC athletes Eoin McDaid who came 31st and Sinead McDonald who finished 17th in the senior race in tough conditions.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for Track and Field Season. Whilst Fit for Life group train every Wednesday and Sunday morning. Please see www.glenmoreac.com for further details.
The Dunleer AC Committee voted in for the year ahead at the recent AGM -Chairperson Kevin Matthews; Vice Chairperson: David Carrie; Secretary: Eugene Burns; Assistant Fintan Reilly; Treasurer: Joyce Kelly; Assistant Michael Mulligan; Registrar: Pat Cheshire; Child Protection Officer Pat Fitzpatrick; PRO: Jacqueline Matthews ; Committee Members: Ian Carroll, Patrick Connolly, Sandra Doheny, Teresa Dillon, John Holmes, Janet Fay; Hon President: Tommy Neary; Hon Members: Mary Halpenny, Teresa Kenwright.