THE annual McNamara 5 mile road race was held last Sunday on what was a lovely mild morning which made for ideal running conditions.
Thirty six athletes lined up for this sealed handicap race where all runners are let off together and their finishing time is adjusted at the finish according to the handicap each athletes gets. The race started with two laps of the tarmac circuit before heading out the Charleville road.
The inform Catch Grennan established an early lead with only Declan Fahey keeping in touch. By the time the race turned at Mucklagh Bridge Grennan had a lead of forty metres over Fahey with Richie Galvin and Mark Serviss disputing third place. Grennan ran on strong and eventually won by a margin of one hundred and twenty metres from Fahey with third place going to Mark Serviss who shook off the attentions of Richie Galvin in the closing stages with Galvin settling for fourth spot.
When the handicaps were adjusted, Martina Conlon emerged as the winner of the McNamara trophy by a narrow margin of just six seconds from Sinead Rigney with Alma Ravenhill just a further four seconds adrift in third place.
Full Results: After Handicap: 1 Martina Conlon 23.16 ; 2 Sinead Rigney 23.22 ; 3 Alma Ravenhill 23.26 ; 4 Una Mullen 24.28 ; 5 John O’Connell 24.50.
1 Catch Grennan 26.44 ; 2 Declan Fahey 27.07 ; 3 Mark Serviss 27.46 ; 4 Richie Galvin 28.13 ; 5 John Donegan 28.30 ; 6 Eddie Garry 29.31 ; 7 Martin Carroll 29.43 ; 8 PJ Carroll (Guest) 29.43 ; 9 Jody O’Reilly 29.47 ; 10 Brendan Abbot 30.06 ; 11 Anthony Rickard 30.18 ; 12 Vinny Conlon 31.21 ; 13 Christy Donegan 31.46 ; 14 John O’Connell 31.50 ; 15 Fra Mollen 32.12 ; 16 Ray Martin 32.39 ; 17 Ian O’Kelly 33.41 ; 18 Alan O’Neill 33.57 ; 19 Michelle Mullaney 34.08 ; 20 Mary Daly 34.32 ; 21 Liam Byrne 35.02 ; 22 John Phelan 35.29 ; 23 Martina Conlon 36.16 ; 24 Alma Ravenhill 36.56 ; 25 Una Mullen 36.58 ; 26 Sinead Rigney 37.22 ; 27 Rita Daly 38.20 ; 28 Bernie Daly 38.51 ; 29 Matt Corcoran 39.04 ; 30 Pat Kennedy 39.45 ; 31 Anne Marie McNamara 42.21 ; 32 Ray Murray 43.05 ; 33 Susan Cleary 44.42 ; 34 Vinny Merdith (Guest) 45.46 ; 35 Jim Dolan 46.30.
Race Round-up: Mick Fleming made the trip to Gent in Belgium last week to compete in the European Masters Indoor Track and Field championships. These championships are very competitive and Mick was competing in the over 45 category. First up for Mick was the 200 metres where he finished in fifth place in his heat in a time of 26.23. Mick then turned his attentions to the 60 metres where he set a new personal best time of 8.01 when finishing third in his heat but left him seven hundreds of a second short of progressing to the Semi finals.
Several of our athletes competed in the Craughwell 10 mile road race in Galway last Sunday. The highlight of the day from a Tullamore perspective was Pauline Curley’s win in the women’s race. Pauline overtook Mullingar’s Mary Scully in the last mile on her way to setting a new course record of 58.59.
John Harkin had a great run to finish in sixth place overall and first over 40 in a good time of 55.53. Tony McCormack also won his over 50 age category when finishing in 39th place overall in a fast 62.29. Mick Murphy clocked 58.47 for 20th place while Declan Madden recorded 60.50 on his way to 33rd place.
John Todd competed in the Metro St Brigid’s 5k road race in Dublin last Sunday in a time of 18.41.
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 6pm to 6.30pm. 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 6.30 pm. For more details please contact John on 087 9253739 or Mary on 086 1906747 or indeed any club member.
Fixtures: 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. April 10 - Great Ireland Run AAI 10k in Phoenix Park. April 17 - National Road Relays, Raheny, Dublin.