Friday 5th August saw the popular annual Carlingford 5k road race take place & there were some excellent performances by team NCR. Laura Devine 18.59, Patricia Brown 20.26 (PB and 2nd in her category), Aine Fegan 20.40 (PB), Eva Kitchen 20.47 (PB), Maureen O’Hare 22.32, Evelyn Marsh 29.43, Gosia Masiukiewicz 31.00, Sinead Dillon 31.51. In addition to this, the ladies team consisting of Laura, Patricia, Aine & Eva claimed 2nd team ladies place overall, well done girls.
Also impressive running by the men, times as follows: Chris Devine 16.22, Duddy Parr 18.06 (PB), Peter Linden 18.21 (PB), Stephen Caulfield 18.40, Gerald Mc Aleenan 19.28, Robbie Marsh 19.47, and Thomas O’Boyle 22.34, which is a fantastic PB considering last year he ran Octoberfest 5k in 29 mins, what an improvement! These results displaying how all the hard work is now paying off. Congratulations team NCR.
The Kells & Connor half marathon took place on Saturday 6th August. This is a tough course, with steep climbs from the 6th to the 9th mile taking runners up and above Tardree Forest. For the first 4 miles there were three runners in contention, NCR Don Travers, Matthew Hewitt (who recently came 2nd in Lisburn Half Marathon), and Aaron Woodman (recently came 3rd at Portaferry 10m). As the race progressed & the hills got steeper it was Don & Matthew who led the way. It wasn’t until the 10th mile that Don pushed a gap to take the lead, and took 1st place in a time of 1.18.10, almost 30 seconds ahead of 2nd place. This was a well claimed victory as it would have been the other two podium finishers who were considered favourites to win at the start. Congratulations to Don.
Finally on Sunday it was another great day for NCR in Dublin for the annual Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Conditions were tough with strong headwinds for most of the race. Nonetheless, great performances once again. Times as follows: Sean Smith 1.36.03, Patricia Brown 1.38.22, Michael Englishby 1.38.42, Gerald Boyle 1.44.59, Andrea Mc Cann 1.57.07, Karen Mc Elroy 2.03.31, Patricia Mc Mullen 2.04.42, Faye Sergeant 2.07.18, Claire Wright 2.10.25, Stephen O’Neill 2.15.04, Amanda Mc Verry 2.42.47, Jennifer Mc Ateer 2.55.57.