Summer announced its arrival with splendid sunshine on bank holiday May 1st and gloriously shone on the runners and walkers of the 10k and 5k Royal County events.
With numbers growing year on year, this is fast becoming an annual event not only on the athletic calendar within Meath but also for recreational joggers and walkers alike. Numbers were again up on previous years with 239 participating in the 5k event and 173 in the 10k.
David O Connell from Bohermeen AC dominated the 10k event with a powerful run of 37:17; Shane Boyle (past winner on other 2 occasions) from the Dunshaughlin AC put in a tremendous run to win the 5k in a time of 17:26. Young Fergus Crilly from the Rathkenny club finished second again this year but knocked 71seconds off last year`s time; whilst the evergreen Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen AC) also finished second in the 5k again this year but managed to knock 49 seconds off her 2016 time.
Course records were broken in both the ladies 5k and 10k events. Marie Hegarty (no club) won the 10k in a time of 42:16 with Claire Ni Fhaircheallaigh from the Dunboyne AC setting a course record of 19:56 in the 5k. Podium finishers and category winners:
Overall – 10k Male:
1st David O Connell (Bohermeen AC) 37:17
2nd Shane Kelly (Cavan Triathlon) 37:55
3rd Ronan Moore (Trim AC) 38:38
Overall – 5k Male:
1st Shane Boyle (Dunshaughlin AC) 17:26
2nd Fergus Crilly (Rathkenny AC) 18:02
3rd David Doyle (Duleek & District AC) 18:30
Overall – 10k Female:
1st Marie Hegarty (No club) 42:16
2nd Cailin McDonagh (Fr Murphy AC) 44.52
3rd Breda Harris (Trim AC) 45:12
Overall – 5k Female:
1st Claire Ni Fhaircheallaigh (Dunboyne AC) 19:56
2nd Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen) 21:38
3rd Kate McCrystal (Annalee AC) 22:03
M40: Paul Duffy (No club) 42:44
M50: Ciaran Ward (Moynalty AC) 51:01
M60: David Hawcroft (Trim AC) 50:28
M40: Dessie Lynch (Bailieboro AC) 19:12
M50: Domo Moran (Dunshaughlin AC) 20:19
M60: Noel McCormack (No club) 31:13
F40: Ann Gorman (Kiltale Ladies on the Run) 47:43
F50: Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 50:02
F60: Kathleen Burke (Dunshaughlin AC) 55:27
F40: Sharon Dolan (No club) 22:35
F50: Ann Sharp (Dunshaughlin AC) 26:43
F60: Kathleen O Brien (Dunshaughlin AC) 34:55
F70: Bridie Lynch (Donore Steps Up) 47:21
The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership extended their congratulations to all the winners and expressed thanks to ClubActive Kells for sponsoring each of the prizes.
Special mention to the 31 students and staff from Beaufort College secondary school, Navan who have been participating in the Couch to 5k initiative in their school over the past few weeks in preparation for the 10k and 5k distances – well done to all.
Meath LSP also expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular to St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Kells Municipal District Council and local volunteers. Special acknowledgement to Vincent and Olivia Duff and staff of the Headfort Arms Hotel who kindly opened their facilities for registration and provided much needed refreshments afterwards free of charge to all the participants.
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