4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sunday saw the running of the annual McMahons SuperValu 5k Race in Castleblayney, the morning showers gave way to a cold and blustery afternoon which didn’t deter a crowd of over 700 runners turning up for the start of the race. T

he race which is fast becoming one of the best races in the North East was packed with a quality field with thirty five clubs been represented on the day as well as a host of other sporting groups.

A fast time was always going to be required and Colin Maher showed his intentions early on as led a group of eight out the Monaghan Road making a break for home at the 3K stage of the race .Colin maintained the gap of 10 seconds from Brian McCluskey who was represneting the North East Runners to finish in 15:21 just outside the course record of 15:19 recorded in 2013 by Patrick Hamilton, Shane Tonner from the Glenmore Club in Louth was third. First female home was Amy Hamill from Glaslough Harriers in a time of 19:31,Laura Matthews from North East Runner was second followed by local athlete Donna Evans in third.

The “Fastest Athletics Club” moved from the Clones AC to its new home in Shercock AC thanks to three of their team finishing in the top eight. Well done to the over seven hundred people who took part on a brilliant day, the atmosphere and community spirit was fantastic and the local Faughs Club who were the chief organiser must be commended on their organisational ability.

A large crowd was also in attendance at the Glencarn Hotel as local athlete Aidan Campbell held a question and answers session with the Godfather of Irish Athletic Frank Greally, Motivational Speaker Gerry Duffy, local athlete Tony Ward and current Irish 800 metre record holder and double Olympian David Matthews.

Next year’s race is confirmed for Sunday 27th of November so get it into the Diary now this really is a brilliant race run in a brilliant fun environment with PB for 5k easily attainable. Well done to everybody involved.


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