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Sunday, 26th July 2020

Boyne AC get the hang of virtual running!

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Boyne AC seniors completing the Cillies AC 5-mile.

While covid 19 restrictions continue to affect the local race calendar, the 'Virtual' run concept has really taken off, with many athletics clubs opting for the option in lieu of their actual race.

The ever popular Cilles AC Bettystown 5-mile race was just one of many events to fall victim to the current pandemic, and in an effort to support their local fellow athletics club, some of the senior members of Boyne AC took to the roads on Sunday last to run their own virtual 5 mile race!

A dry and crisp morning saw 13 adult members of the club don their yellow vests and take to the roads of the original 5-mile race route, starting and finishing on the Golf Links Road.

While not quite the same as the actual race, the runners certainly enjoyed the return to some sort of normality as they wound their way through the scenic roads along the coast and through Donacarney, finishing into an ever so gentle headwind as they made their way back to the seafront.

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Finishing first for the club was Timi Oluwabowale, who hasn't lost any speed despite clocking up some long miles recently in the hope of taking on the marathon distance sometime this year.

Catherine Tiernan Bell was hot on his heels as she ran a super 36.17 in her first attempt at this 5-mile route. Mark Dowling and Rebecca Carolan finished in 37.27, with Ciaran Briscoe and Fran Regan not too far behind.

Running buddies Jillian Connor and Louise Fagan finished strongly, as did Ola Raji just behind them, while Bala Baskaran, ran a new PB time for the route of 49.28. Father and daughter team of Michael Black and Lisa Collier were joined by Blaithnaid Wall as they sprinted for the finish in 56.22, the furthest race distance for all three, and testament to the hard work they consistently put in every week.

Bala Baskaran delighted to get a new PB on the five mile route.

A well-earned coffee and a paddle in the sea afterwards to refresh the legs made for a great morning for the gang, with the hope that it won't be too long before races are back in their usual format.

Boyne AC are also launching their own Virtual 5k next week, as their annual Harry Mallon/Willie Connor memorial 5k road race has also been cancelled due to the restrictions, however, there is sure to be great interest in the event, and the club are delighted to have the Lourdes Hospital ICU and the Drogheda Womens Refuge as their chosen charity partners, full details can be found on their Facebook page.

While the adults were busy on the roads, Boyne ACs Euan Canniffee took part in the Dublin Graded meet last week in Santry, a well organised event, adhering to all guidelines, giving some of the older track & field juveniles a chance to get back to some competitive action. Having continued to train by himself during the lockdown, Euan threw a huge throw of 35.70m in the u18 Discus to take the win.

Euan Canniffee at the Dublin Graded meet in Santry

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