Report by Noel Tobin – Photos by Peter Knaggs

A small group skipped training on Tuesday evening to represent the club in the Bob Heffernan 5k. I had not done this race before but on the way down we searched out race times from club members in previous years and they were fast.

It was a lovely evening with perfect conditions. The 8pm start allowed plenty of time to get there and get a warm up done. There was a healthy crowd of about 500 very fit looking mainly club runners all out looking for a good time.

Photographer Peter and race reporter Noel (not in singlet!)

There was a shot gun start on a wide section of road which meant that within 200 meters at least half the field were ahead of me. After the initial section we turned off the main road to complete the remainder of the race on narrow country roads with some gentle hills.

We cracked through the kilometre marker signs at a good pace and took final corner that lead to a fast last kilometre finish.

It was well worth the effort to get to the race and everyone was generally happy with their times. Congratulations to Kevin who lead home, Jean who was second in her age category and the ladies team of Jean, Aoife and Crona who finished third.

It was a well organised club race with a good spread afterwards. We are all looking forward to Dunboyne next week and to seeking out a few more of these country races over the summer months.

Sportsworld results

Kevin Curran 17.25
Emmet Wardell 18.39
Anthony Gillen 18.43
Aoife O’Leary 19.04
Jean Wilson 19.12
Crona brady 20.03
Declan Brady 20.04
Noel Tobin 20.33
Peter Knaggs 20.52
Noel Lynam 21.20