It isn`t just the local councillors who are running at this time of year, but judging by the number of participants in the Royal County 10k/5k event in Kells on the bank holiday last, everyone in the county both young and old seems to have taken up running!
With numbers massively increased in both distances from previous years and local athletes out in force – it was always going to be a competitive field. Weather conditions were ideal for running and in particular for the young female athlete, Catherina Mullen from the Metro St Brigids Club in Castleknock who demolished the 10k field by being the first runner past the finish line in an impressive time of 36 mins 51 secs. (Course record of 36:36 was set in 2016 by Maurice Looby of Mullingar). Catherina`s time is a new course record for female athletes. 2nd home in the 10k was Nigel Smith from Virginia AC with a time of 37:25, with Kevin Prunty of Dunshaughlin AC finishing a close 3rd in 37:46.
Colm Reilly from Drogheda & District Club won the mens 5k event in a time of 18mins 12 secs; with Jack Boyle, student of Beaufort College in Navan finishing 2 secs behind and only managing to pip John Carroll of Bohermeen AC on the line in a very competitive finish.
Claire Ludlow from Tri an Mhi finished 1st of the women in the 5k distance in a time of 21:08, with Eimear Dowling of Navan AC finishing very strongly to take 2nd in a time of 21:12. Kerry-Lynn Martin took the 3rd place on the podium in a time of 21:21.
In the junior category 5k distance, Andrew Gormley took the 1st prize in a time of 19:12 for male entrants, while Emma Hunt won the female section with a time of 24:25.
In the junior 10k distance, Ciaran Bogie, Bohermeen AC, took the 1st prize in the male section with a time of 49:52; and Lucy Gilsenan winning the female section with a time of 55:50.
Beaufort College in Navan were yet again the leading school with massive numbers participating on the day. Meath LSP not only would like to acknowledge the efforts of the students but also those of their P.E teacher Ger Murphy who actually hobbled her way around the 5k this year!
Podium finishers and category winners:
Overall – 10k Female
1st Catherina Mullen (Metro St Brigids) 36:51
2nd Elaine Donoghue (no club) 43:54
3rd Kay Smith (no club) 44:55
1st Claire Ludlow (Tri an Mhi) 21:08
2nd Eimear Dowling (Navan AC) 21:12
3rd Kerry-Lynn Martin (no club) 21:21
Overall – 10k Male
1st Nigel Smith (Virginia AC) 37:25
2nd Kevin Prunty (Dunshaughlin AC) 37:46
3rd Conor O Loughlin (Navan AC) 38:07
1st Colm Reilly (Drogheda & District) 18:12
2nd Jack Boyle (Beaufort School) 18:14
3rd John Carroll (Bohermeen AC) 18:14
M40: Shane McCabe (Bohermeen AC) 38:57
M50: Jim McArdle (No Club) 41:23
M60: Pat Ryan (Dunboyne AC) 50:06
M70: Michael Hegarty (No club) 1:10:47
M40: Richard Califf (Dunleer AC) 18:54
M50: Domo Moran (Dunshaughlin AC) 20:11
M60: Tom Durcan (Bohermeen AC) 22:59
M70: Desmond Brownlie (Lagan Valley AC) 33:15
F40: Chris Perle (Bohermeen AC) 48:13
F50: Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 51:18
F60: Kathleen Brady (Navan AC) 52:52
F70: Rose Healy (Fr. Murphy’s AC) 1:09:25
F40: Rachel Morgan (No Club) 23:56
F50: Mary Watters (Navan AC) 22:26
F60: Maura Sheridan (Killinkere Running) 28:54
F70: Nancy O Reilly (No Club) 59:55
The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership extended their congratulations to all the winners and expressed thanks to Bryan and Paul of Club Active Kells for sponsoring each of the prizes.
For large numbers participating on the day, this event was their very first 5k and 10k to complete. Congratulations to everyone who did so.
Many thanks to photographer Bernard Hand of Kells Photography Club and Meath Daily for giving of their time to capture the atmosphere and winners and participants from the day itself.
Meath LSP also expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular to St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Meath County 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.