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Monday, 9th May 2022

A busy couple of weeks for Boyne AC athletes

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The Boyne AC squad at the Drogheda 10k.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Boyne AC, with no end of local road races to choose from.

The DKIT 10k got things off to a start on a beautiful sunny Wednesday evening, with a new PB time for Gemma Fogarty as she finished in 58.44, with clubmate Catherine Tiernan Bell keeping her company along the tough route.

Ann Marie Molloy ran a super 59.37, while Michelle Crosbie and Blathnaid Wall were thrilled with their times of 1.04 and 1.05 respectively.

On the following Sunday, the Drogheda 10k made a welcome return to the town, with over 1,200 participants taking part in this ever popular road race.

The Boyne AC women’s team of Louise Fagan, Ola Raji, Nicky Veale and Rebecca Carolan receive their silver medals at the Drogheda 10k.

A change in the route meant that the race no longer took in the dreaded 'heartbreak hill' and instead continued along the river from Oldbridge Estate to Dominics Park.

The long finish straight from Narrow West Street to St Peters Church was lined all the way with spectators, all cheering each and every runner home, adding to the exciting atmosphere that is always present on the day.

Despite heavy rain in the morning, with the race starting at 3pm, the runners enjoyed dry and warm conditions for the duration of the race, and at times were wishing for just a little shower to cool them down!

Boyne AC were thrilled to have their biggest field of athletes at the event, with 26 of their seniors in action, and for many, their first time to complete this tough distance in a race setting.

The men’s team of Mark Dowling, Timi Oluwabowale and Andrew White (missing Eddie Kennedy) receive their medals.

Months of hard training had gone into ensuring that all those taking part would confidently complete the distance, and the results on the day certainly proved that they could!

First to cross the finish line for the club was Andrew White, who ran a super 37.33 to finish 24th male overall. Eddie Kennedy ran 41.46, while Timi Oluwabowale was just behind in 41.47, and less than a minute behind, Mark Dowling was delighted with his new PB time of 42.37.

All four men made up the bronze medal winning team in the Louth Championship 10k, held as part of the race itself. Also delighted with his new PB time, Rob Fitzgerald continues to improve as he clocked a speedy 43.20.

Ann Marie Molloy, Blaithnaid Wall, Michelle Crosbie, Gemma Fogarty and Catherine Tiernan Bell at the Dundalk 10k.

First female home for the club was Rebecca Carolan in 46.45, with Louise Fagan close behind in 48.12. Nicky Veale was next to cross the line for Boyne AC in 48.42, while Ola Raji continues to make a super return to competitive racing as she clocked 50.32.

The four ladies placed 2nd team in the Louth Championships and were each awarded the silver medal for their efforts. Jillian Connor was next home for the club in 53.44, with Rosaleen Byrne hot on her heels in 53.53.

Jack O'Donoghue finished in 56.09, while Eimear Rickard was delighted with her sub 60, crossing the line in 56.53, with club mate Mairead Hallinan just behind in 56.59.

Katie Fagan was next to cross the finish line for Boyne, in a super 57.52, while sisters Fiona Walsh and Nicola Stafford both went sub 60 in their first 10k, running a great time of 58.02, as did Gemma Fogarty in her 2nd 10k race in a week! Deirdre Cadden crossed the finish line in 1.01.57, determined to dip under the hour on her next 10k, while Michelle Crosbie ran a great race to finish in 1.03.51.

Michael Black continues to impress as he ran a super time of 1.05.48, and Blaithnaid Wall stopped the clock at 1.06.33. Joan Cadden crossed the line just behind Blathnaid in 1.06.53, with teammate close on her heels in 1.07.18. Yvonne Waalsh was thrilled with her run, finishing in 1.11.06, ably paced by clubmate Barry Sullivan, while Lisa Collier, returning from recent illness ran a super 1.12.26. 

With races coming thick and fast, it was off to Dundalk again on Friday evening last for the Marist 5k, where Timi Oluwabowale smashed his PB to finish in 19.37. Catherine Tiernan Bell ran 23.30, with club mate Ola Raji also running a new PB time of 23.58, and AnnMarie Molloy staying under the 30minute mark in 29.35. 

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