Grennan completes Devery Shield double

THE second leg of the Peter Devery Shield took place last Sunday in Charleville Estate. On what was a lovely morning for running, a big crowd of fifty eight runners lined up for the start of the four lap race with a total distance of 4,800 metres.

THE second leg of the Peter Devery Shield took place last Sunday in Charleville Estate. On what was a lovely morning for running, a big crowd of fifty eight runners lined up for the start of the four lap race with a total distance of 4,800 metres.

The first leg winner, Catch Grennan signalled his intent right from the start and quickly went into the lead. Catch extended his lead all the way to come home a clear winner by a margin of one hundred and forty metres from Richie Galvin with Eddie Garry a further forty metres adrift in third place. Pauline Curly ran a strong race to be the leading woman to finish in sixth place overall.

The individual winners over the two legs were Catch Grennan and Pauline Curley. In the team competition, a strong showing by the Harrier athletes gave them an easy victory over Ballyfin/St Michaels. This event brings the curtain down on what has been a very successful cross country season in both performance and numbers participating.

Results: 1 Catch Grennan 16.40 ; 2 Richie Galvin 17.18 ; 3 Eddie Garry 17.27 ; 5 John Donegan 17.51 ; 6 Pauline Curley 18.04 ; 7 David Fox 18.21 ; 8 Brendan Abbott 18.22 ; 9 Jody O’Reilly 18.46 ; 10 PJ Carroll ( Guest ) 18.52 ; 11 Edwin Silovs 18.53 ; 12 Alan O’Neill 18.54 ; 14 Glen Finlay 19.19 ; 15 Christy Donegan 19.19 ; 16 Liz Cuskelly 19.26 ; 17 Liam Dunne 19.31 ; 19 Vinny Conlon 19.44 ; 23 Ray Martin 19.53 ; 25 Fra Mollen 20.00 ;

26 Joe Wrafter 20.05 ; 28 Johnny Feery 20.19 ; 31 Ian O’Kelly 20.40 ; 33 Darren Butler 20.59 ; 34 John O’Connell 21.03 ; 37 Mary Daly 21.17 ; 43 Rita Daly 22.02 ; 44 Evelyn Herlihy 22.03 ; 47 Brendan Kennedy 22.43 ; 48 John Phelan 22.49 ; 50 Mark Brady 23.20 ; 51 Matt Corcoran 23.23 ; 52 Martina Conlon 23.44 ; 53 Aoife O’Sullivan ( Guest ) 23.57 ; 54 Ger Keyes 24.13 ; 55 Mirosa O’Sullivan ( Guest ) 24.22 ; 56 Ailish McDonald 26.50 ; 57 Angela Martin 28.59 ; 58 Sharon Daly 29.02.

Race Roundup: The Dublin Business Houses Association held a four mile cross country in the grounds of Maynooth College last Saturday. Ferbane AC. athlete Paul Buckley was the winner in a time of 21.34 with Tullamore Harrier Declan Fahey running a great race to come home in fourth place in 22.12. Tony McCormack finished in 33rd position in a time of 25.10.

Staying with the Business Houses John Todd competed in the BHAA Garda/St Raphael’s Credit Union mile Cross Country race held in the Phoenix Park last Saturday week. John was placed 80th out of a big field of 231 runners and he was the winner in the over 60 category in a time of 25.25.

In the Annual Adare 10K road race in Limerick, Jim Langan won the over 65 section and clocked a time of 59.12. Up in the north west, Mick Murphy had a good run to finish in 13th position in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile run in Donegal last Sunday week in a time of 59.01. Declan Madden came home in 19th in 60.52 while Tony McCormack ran a fast 63.04 to place 26th. Ronan Duffy returned to racing after a break and was pleased with 38th place in a time of 65.16.

On the track Mick Fleming competed at the recent British Masters Indoor Championships at the state of the art Lee Valley complex in east London. Mick finished in fourth place in the over 45 category 60 metres in a new personal best time of 8.05.

In the third leg of the Naas Duathlon series, Mark Serviss finished in 11th place. The race consisted of a 3.5k run followed by 20k on the bike and finished with a further 3.5k run. Mark’s time was 1.01.18 with splits of 11.20, 36.11 and 12.01.

Fixtures: March 20 - McNamara 5 mile road race at 10am. March 24 - Spring League Round One Mile at 7pm. March 29 - Spring League Round 2. 5k on tarmac at 7pm. April 5 - Spring League Round 3. 3k at 7pm.

Training: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm, Sunday morning at 8.30am Except on a race day. New members always welcome.

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