The second running of the Patsy Kelly 5k Road Race took place on Saturday last when over 550 walkers, joggers and runners took to the streets of Dundalk to remember the former North East Runners and Clan na Gael member.
Kilkerley man Gary O’Hanlon, who runs for Clonliffe Harriers in Dublin, won the event in a new course record time of 15.09mins with last year’s winner, Mark Hoey, second and North East Runner Brian McCluskey finishing third in a new personal best time of 15.41mins.
Club athletes dominated the top 10 with Stephen Mulholland being one of the most improved athletes around, recording a personal best time of 16.16mins for 5th place.
Barry Meegan came 9th and Niall Gorham 10th. These two were pushed all the way by veteran Jim Gonnelly who can still hold onto the younger lads and finished 11th and winner of the 40-50 section in a time of 16.52mins. Brian McManus was second in this section in 16.59.
Brian Lynch produced another fine run to win the over 50 section in 17.01mins for 14th overall with Simon Allen improving by one minute from last year in 17.11mins.
The ladies race also saw a new course record time with Aoife Talty from Raheny Shamrocks in Dublin finishing 8th overall in a great time of 16.48mins. Last year’s ladies winner, Denise Toal-Egan from the Clans was 4th this year.
An added feature this year was a team category event with the top four from each club scoring.
North East Runners were the first winners of the men’s section with the ladies team finishing third. The ladies team are all new to the sport having all joined the club within the last year and it’s great to see them pick up the prizes to be rewarded for their dedication in training.
Karen McCrystal led the team home in 9th place with a great time of 22.34mins, Brigid Matthews 22.42mins, Melanie Hearty (5th in over 40 section but needs to produce birth cert to claim prize!!) 23.35mins, and Sabrina Mulholland in 23.58 completed the scoring team.
A special award was presented to Richard Duffy to mark his achievement of completing over 1000 races, spread over all distances right up to marathon. Full results are available on www.chipit.ie who provided the electronic timing for the event.
The Business House road race season saw Gerry O’Connell compete at the K-Club 10k where he kept up his record of podium places in every race in this year’s BHAA league as he won his section in a very quick time of 34.48mins.
The Cooley Legends mountain races saw Jolene Mellon finish 2nd in the ladies race in a time of 1hour 45mins. Niall McCabe and Niall Halpin finished 1st and 2nd in the over 40 section and 4th and 5th overall in this very tough half marathon across the Cooley Mountains.