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Monday, 18th November 2019

Record entry for Greenhills Remembrance 5k

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The Boyne AC squad at the Greenhills Remembrance 5k.

There was a record number of over 400 finishers in the Greenhills Remembrance 5k which took place on Sunday last, 10th November.

There was a record turnout too from Boyne AC, the recent couch to 5k group will need a new name as they have well and truly left their couches behind now and continue to go from strength to strength, under the guidance of their club mates and Boyne AC coaches.

Timi Oluwabowale enjoyed a top ten place overall and sixth in his category in a new pb time of 20.07. Next over the line was Rebecca Carolan, only two weeks after the Dublin marathon, finishing 4th female and 1st in her category in 21.09.

Nicola Veale was next in a PB of 22.05, also with tired marathon legs, and was followed closely by Sharon Hodgins, who had just come off night duty, to finish in 22.32.

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Justin Murtagh, another marathon finisher, finished in 22.48 showing that he hasn’t lost his speed doing the longer distances. Brian Byrne was delighted with his 24.33 and Jillian Connor did a steady pace to finish in 25.48.

Debbie Monahon ran a PB in 26.46, with Brian Comiskey running 27.45.  Rosemarie Dunne ran a pb time too of 28.04 and Sandra McGuinness, who is really enjoying her racing this season, finished in 29.13.

Catherine Russell, who was wearing the yellow vest of Boyne AC for the first time, finished comfortably in 29.04 despite recent illness.

Michael Black continues to improve his times with every race and crossed the line in 29.12. Dominic Fagan, who’s been doing weekly parkruns as part of his training regime, finished just over the half hour mark.

Blathnaid Wall and Joan Cadden ran 31 minutes, the last push up the hill proving tough, but not insurmountable. Delighted to be back after a long spell with an injury, coach Christine Kennedy finished in 32.15, while Jackie Clarke, Karen Comiskey and Jacqueline Reid all finished in 32 minutes, followed closely by Nick Ferguson in 33.30.

Lisa collier and Marian Caddell finished in 34 minutes and the rest of the couch to 5k crew of Shirley Ryan, Ellen Cadden, Yvonne Sheerin, Lisa Marie Mooney, Abi Williams and Charlene Byrne all finished shortly after, smiling from ear to ear as they crossed the finish line in another 5k race.

Great running and fantastic team spirit was on display as the route doubled back on itself and team mates had the opportunity to cheer each other on and offer words of encouragement as they passed each other.

Credit must go to Greenhills School for such an enjoyable morning, with a special mention to the transition year students who created the beautiful Remembrance Room and offered participants daffodil bulbs to take home and plant in memory of loved ones.

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