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Monday, 14th September 2020

Boyne AC’s virtual 5k for Lourdes ICU and Women’s and Children’s Refuge

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New Boyne AC member Catherine Alhaddad was delighted to have completed her first 5k!

The Boyne AC senior athletes have had a busy week, with two virtual runs on the schedule, with great numbers partaking in both.

With most road races cancelled due to Covid at the moment, the virtual option is an ideal way to give that sense of something to aim for, and a sense of achievement when it's done!

Boyne AC are hosting their own virtual 5k, in lieu of their annual Harry Mallon / Willie Connor memorial race, with the full entry fee and any further donations all going to the Lourdes Hospital ICU for the purchase of a new bed, and to the Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge.

So on Wednesday last, it was this target that saw over 30 senior athletes take on the 5k distance, in groups of 15 of course! For some, the distance was a welcome relief from the long marathon training miles they have been completing over recent weeks, and for others, a chance to support their clubmates and run the distance with them in the hope of achieving a personal best.

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Durotimi Timi ran a cracking 19.20 for the distance, ably paced by Andrew White, a huge PB by over a minute for this talented athlete. There were PBs too for Mark Dowling, Ola Raji, Michelle Crosbie, Lisa Collier, Leslie Richards and Katie McGuinness.

The biggest cheer on the night, however, went to Catherine Alhaddad, who completed her first ever 5k on the night, having only taken up running when she joined the club a few weeks ago, running an impressive 45.27, and still smiling as she crossed the finish line!

Friday evening then saw Catherine Tiernan Bell and Mark Dowling take on the Dundalk 10K virtual run, with yet another PB for Mark of 44.49, proving that his consistent training is paying off.

On Sunday it was the turn of yet another super group of Boyne AC seniors as they took on the 10k challenge, once again, the first time for many to cover the tough distance.

The beautiful weather and the glorious surroundings of the Boardwalk along the river added to the morning, as did the camaraderie among this group, who have been working hard together to reach their target of 10k over recent weeks, encouraging and supporting each other the whole way.

For Lisa Collier, Joan Cadden and Yvonne Walsh it was their first ever 10k, and along with Jackie Clarke, Paula Marron, Blathnaid Wall, Christine Kennedy, Helen Dowling and Michelle Crosbie, the group were delighted with their times, with talks of the half marathon distance being whispered among them as the next goal!

The Boyne AC Supporting the frontline Virtual 5k is still open, so register on or see the Facebook page to support our local heroes.

Boyne AC seniors who completed the Dundalk 10k virtual run.

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