Marathon man Maurice moves up to a new level

Brian McCluskey first home in the Geraldines GFC 5K Run on Sunday
The Manchester Marathon on Sunday last saw Maurice McMahon conquering the 26.2 distance in a new personal best time of 2 hours 43.04 minutes.

The Manchester Marathon on Sunday last saw Maurice McMahon conquering the 26.2 distance in a new personal best time of 2 hours 43.04 minutes.

Maurice has had several attempts at the distance with already reasonable times but last weekend’s run saw him moving to a new level.

The Felda fitness instructor certainly gave a master class in distance running as he passed through the halfway point in just over 80 minutes. He finished 25th overall in a field of over 5000.

The Business House Road Race continued with the RTE 5mile event on Saturday last. Gerry O’Connell finished in 27.55 minutes to win the over 50 section.

The Geraldines Four Mile Road Race through Blackrock saw Brian McCluskey win easily in a time of 21.30 minutes in windy conditions with Brendan Reid also making the podium in 3rd place. Karen McCrystal finished 2nd in the ladies event in a time of 29.42 minutes.

Action this weekend stays on the roads with the Boyne 10km taking place on Sunday in Drogheda. The event this year will incorporate the Louth Road Racing Championships over the 10km route that runs alongside the River Boyne by the Battle of the Boyne site.

The next local event is the Mint Dundalk 10km. Registration is online at www.rundundalk.com or at Mint Jewellers in Earl Street. The event will take place at 4pm on Sunday May 12.

Club membership fees are p25 per calendar year. Athletes need to be registered to compete on teams in road races and in Louth Championships.

Training times - St Helena’s Park, Tuesdays. 6.15pm for beginner and intermediate, 7pm for seasoned athletes.

May will see a time trial series of runs each Thursday, meeting at St Helena’s Park at 6.30pm. The series will run for the five Thursdays in the month with distances of half mile, 1km, 1500m, one mile and 3000m. Note that the 3000m will take place on the old Newry Road cul-de-sac close to Ballymac roundabout, all others at St Helena’s. Time trials open to all.