7 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

What a weekend it turned out to be for everyone associated with the Castleblayney Faughs and indeed the people of Castleblayney!
On Friday night the club proudly picked up the Overall Monaghan People of the Year Award at the gala event in the Hillgrove Hotel (see separate article), while Sunday saw the club hosting its second hugely successful Castleblayney 5K.
Proceeds will be divided between three local charities: St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney, Team Cian and Castleblayney CancerCare.
Wakening up on Sunday morning and pulling back the curtains to a cold and frosty morning, which then turned into pouring rain by lunchtime, race organisers feared that the attendance might be effected.
However, it became quickly apparent that weather would not deter the huge crowd of enthusiastic runners in the North East.
Registration which was been completed in the Glencarn Shopping Centre was brisk from the start and it was quite clear from an early stage that there would be more entries than the expected 500, as people from all over the North East and County Monaghan registered.
The Race field featured some of the biggest names on the Irish running scene, including international triathletes Dessie Duffy and Liam Dolan and athletes from a number of the local running clubs.
Dr. Niall Moyna was the special guest of honour on the day and he was joined by Aoife Carragher from AA Roadwatch and 2FM while Sarah Hughes of Two Tube fame sprinted in with an excellent time.
The GAA community also had a large presence led by a very strong contingent from the Castleblayney Faughs which included local stalwarts such as Declan Loughman, all star Nudie Hughes and Declan Flanagan , in addition many future stars as the juvenile section of the club was well represented.
The Race Stewards Committee had worked hard with the local Gardai to insure that Main Street and the other areas of the town were closed off, so that the runners would have a clear and save passage from start to finish.
When Gerry Duffy from Fit Magazine and 32 marathons in 32 days fame sounded the horn for the start of the race there were well over 650 runners /walkers registered.
The elite athletes such as Darragh Green, Kristaps Valters, Dessie Duffy, Patrick Murphy and Killian Heery were quickly off the mark with Darragh laying down an early …

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