LAST Thursday saw the running of the 1st leg of the Spring League. It consisted of 1 mile on the track on a lovely evening for running. Even though the mile is no longer run any more in championships, having given way to the 1500 metres, it still retains the affection of so many runners.
The first mile race consisted of runners who were in the main, capable of running six minutes or over.
Fra Mollen led out the race in the early stages but was the passed by the experienced duo of Johnny Feery and John O’Connell who are both on the way back after injury. Feery looked to have the race sewn up but was overtaken in the last few strides by the fast finishing John O’Connell who won in a time of 5.36.4. Fra Mollen ran on strong to take third place in 5.46.7 while Michelle Mullaney showed impressive form in her first mile race by comfortably getting inside six minutes with a 5.53.9 clocking in placing fourth. Fifth place went to Ger Keyes in a time of 6.04.2.
So then it was onto the faster mile and here, Catch Grennan lived up to his pre race favoritism by comfortably winning in a time of 4.46.9 from Mark Serviss who showed impressive speed in clocking 4.51.1. Richie Galvin came home in third place in 4.53.8 ahead of Mick Murphy who also broke five minutes with a 4.59.2 clocking. In fifth place came sixteen year old Harry Flynn who must be pleased with both his time of 5.02.8 and finishing ahead of so many senior runners. Liz Cuskelly was the fastest woman on the night when finishing in 21st place overall in a time of 5.31.6.
Overall Results: 1 Mile 1 Catch Grennan 4.46.9 ; 2 Mark Serviss 4.51.1 ; 3 Richie Galvin 4.53.8 ; 4 Mick Murphy 4.59.2 ; 5 Harry Flynn 5.02.8 ; 6 John Donegan 5.05.4 ; 7 Anthony Rickard 5.06.8 ; 8 Shane Cooney 5.09.4 ; 9 Alan O’Neill 5.12.2 ; 10 Darren Butler 5.17.0 ; 11 Brendan Abbott 5.21.1 ; 12 Glen Finlay 5.23.7 ; 13 Ray Martin 5.25.3 ; 14 Ger Lynam 5.26.4 ; 15 Vinny Conlon 5.27.8 ; 16 Aaron O’Leary Doyle 5.29.1. 17 Maurice Fitzgerald 5.29.6 ; 18 Christy Donegan 5.30.0 ; 19 James Mahon 5.30.6 ; 20 Joe Wrafter 5.31.3 ; 21 Liz Cuskelly 5.31.6 ; 22 Nick Devery 5.34.4 ; 23 John O’Connell 5.36.4 ; 24 Ian O’Kelly 5.36.9 ; 25 Johnny Feery 5.37.2 ; 26 Pauric Sweeney 5.38.7 ; 27 Liam Byrne 5.39.1 ; 28 Liam Dunne 5.40.0 ; 29 Fra Mollen 5.46.7 ; 30 Adrian Martin 5.51.0 ; 31 Michelle Mullaney 5.53.9 ; 32 Ger Keyes 6.04.2 ; 33 John Phelan 6.07.0 ; 34 Brendan Kennedy 6.07.8 ; 35 Mark Brady 6.08.6 ; 36 Leonard Owens 6.15.1. 37 Matt Corcoran 6.17.7 ; 38 Tony McCormack 6.19.8 ; 39 Philip Keegan 6.21.9 ; 40 Darren O’Connor 6.22.7 ; 41 Martina Conlon 6.30.0 ; 42 Una Mullen 6.32.4 ; 43 Rita Daly 6.34.6 ; 44 Alma Quinn 6.36.0 ; 45 Nita McLoughlin 6.38.4 ; 46 Ann Marie McNamara 6.46.2 ; 47 Bernie Daly 6.56.2 ; 48 Michael Carroll 6.56.5 ; 49 Denzel Jacobs 6.57.4 ; 50 Mary Daly 6.58.7 ; 51 Jim Langan 6.58.8 ; 52 Fiona Claffey 7.01.9 ; 53 Susan Cleary 7.15.5 ; 54 Ciara Devoy 7.17.3 ; 55 Ailish McDonald 7.25.1 ; 56 Guest 7.35.4 ; 57 Angela Martin 7.37.1 ; 58 Paula Nolan 7.38.6 ; 59 Ray Murray 7.41.0 ; 60 Charlotte Abbott 7.57.4 ; 61 Caroline Bryant 8.00.1 ; 62 Ann Marie Twomey 8.48.0 ; 63 Patrick Sweeney 8.49.0.
Dunboyne 4 Mile: John Todd competed in the very popular and competitive Dunboyne 4 mile road race last Sunday where he finished in 104th place out of 1020 finishers. This earned John second place in the over 60 category. John’s time was 24.46.
Beginners Training Nights: Due to the ever increasing numbers joining the club and the success last year of organising training nights for those new to the sport, we have decided to hold training nights for beginners on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm. These sessions will commence on Tuesday, April 4 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday throughout April. It will be an ideal way for beginners and relative newcomers to get fit in a fun organised way. These sessions will take place prior to our main training sessions at 6.30pm. For more details please contact John on 087 9253739 or Mary on 086 1906747 or indeed any club member.
Fixtures: April 5- Spring League Round 3. 3k at 7pm. April 10 - Great Ireland Run AAI 10k in Phoenix Park. April 17 - National Road Relays, Raheny, Dublin.
Training: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm, Sunday morning at 8.30am Except on a race day. New members always welcome. Membership is now overdue. Membership must be paid in order to compete in races. Forms available in clubhouse.
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