Royal County 5km & 10km 2016

Local athletes turn out in force to support Royal County in Kells

This year saw the introduction of a 10k event to the Royal County calendar in Kells on Bank Holiday Monday last – this is in addition to the popular 5k distance which is in its 6th year.

With numbers up almost 50% on last year, organisers were delighted with the turn out particularly with the large number of athletes representing local clubs. As always those coming through the learn2run groups were prominent none more so than the groups from Dunshaughlin, Kells & Navan and Beaufort Secondary school.

Maurice Looby from Mullingar dominated the 10k event with a powerful run of 36:36; Liam Murray from the Virginia Triathlon club put in a tremendous run to win the 5k in a time of 18:20. The ladies 10k event was won by Ruta Balciune (no club) in a time of 44:37 with the ever popular local lass Fiona Nevin (ex physio to Meath Senior team) winning the 5k in a time of 22:02.

Full results:

Overall – 10k Male:  1st Maurice Looby (Mullingar) 36:36

2nd Liam Cunningham (Fr. Murphy) 40:09

3rd Andrew Remington (Trim AC) 40:43

5k Male: 1st Liam Murray (Virginia Triathlon Club) 18:20

2nd Fergus Crilly (Rathkenny AC) 19:13

3rd Paddy Mangan (Dunshaughlin AC) 19:31

10k Female: 1st Rita Balciune (No club) 44:37

2nd Eimear Foley (No club) 45:24

3rd Bridget Daly (Bohermeen AC) 45:33

5k Female: 1st Fiona Nevin (Moynalty AC) 22:02

2nd Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen) 22:17

3rd Susie Grimes (No club) 23:33

Category winners:


M40: Shane Boyle (Dunshaughlin AC) 43:01

M50: Padraic Dolan (Bohermeen AC) 44:48

M60: Brendan Smith (No club) 49:25


M40: Stephen Bateson (Dunshaughlin AC) 19:56

M50: Pat Kiernan (No Club) 20:59

M60: Patrick Burns (Clonliffe Harriers) 23:32


F40: Bernadette Finnegan (No club) 47:52

F50: Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 49:50

F60: Kathleen Burke (Dunshaughlin AC) 57:37


F40: Kerrylynn Martin (No club) 24:16

F50: Margaret Erickson (No club) 24:57

F60: Mary Ryan (No club) 31:15

The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular the Club Active gym in Kells (sponsorship of all prizes); St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Kells Municipal District Council and local volunteers. Special mention to 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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