BELFAST CITY MARATHON 2019

The Belfast City Marathon May 5th 2019 – 22 Ardee & District AC members headed to Belfast today. All were simply fantastic. We had 3 relay teams and 7 marathon runners.

Our marathon runners were Nathan Anderson, Paul Barns, Brian Duff, David Tyhuis, Kevin Carroll, Gearoid Harvey and Ronan O’Sullivan.Β 

Our relay teams were AnneMarie Dillon, Pauline Breslin, Allison Duffy, Michelle Lynch and Peter Carolan on Team 1; Danny Cirdei, Deirdre McEneaney, Belinda Rogers, Aidan Dunne and Conor Lynch on Team 2 and Sarah Nic Lochlainn, Trudi McGuinness, Teresa Durnin, Gerard Duff and Tracey McCarron on Team 3.

It was an early start this morning for this jolly bunch but they headed off with excited apprehension and came home exhilarated and safe. A wonderful experience for everyone. A massive well done to you all and a special thanks to Brian Duff for organising this wonderful club day out.

Ardee & District AC’s members meeting at 5.30am before heading to Belfast.

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Off the bus and time to freshen up…

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Sarah & Annemarie enjoying the sights before the race…

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6 of our 7 marathon runners – Kevin Carroll, Paul Barns, David Tyhuis, Nathan Anderson, Ronan O’Sullivan and Brian Duff (Gearoid Harvey missing from the picture)… loving that belt David!

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The boys are getting excited – Brian, David and Kevin.

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Relay runners so happy to be finished – Teresa, Allison and Belinda.

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Relay runners still celebrating – Belinda, Michelle and Gerard.

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Nathan Anderson – 1st man home for the club.

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Paul Barns – Cool as a breeze, enjoying every minute.

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David Tyhuis – enjoying the support from his club mates.

 

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Peter Carolan on the last leg for his relay team but keeping Brian Duff company at the end of his amazing marathon run.

 

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Nathan Anderson

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David Tyhuis

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Brian Duff

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Pauline Breslin, Allison Duffy, Annemarie Dillon, Michelle Lynch and Peter Carolan.

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Aidan Dunne, Belinda Finnegan, Deirdre McEneaney, Danny Cirdei and Conor Lynch.

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Teresa Durnin, Gerard Duff and Trudi McGuinness.

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Tracey McCarron and Danny Cirdei.

 

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Father and son, Gerard and Brian Duff – it runs in the family.

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Danny Cirdei.

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Sarah Nic Lochlainn – Yep, she’ll do it all again.

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Kevin Carroll.

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Gearoid Harvey – he couldn’t wait to get home to celebrate with his family.

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Ronan O’Sullivan.

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Just home…

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A couple of hours later…

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What a wonderful weekend for the club with 22 members competing in Belfast on the same day we also had Yvonne Callan down in Limerick running her 1st marathon in 19 years at the Great Limerick Run and we also had three of our dedicated members, Leo Farrell, Ben Corcoran and Dave Symmons competing in the Drogheda 10K.Β  And on the Bank Holiday Monday, some of members ran in the Cora McCourt & Glyde Rangers GFC Family 6K in Tallanstown with other members and their families running in the Smarmore & District Community Alert Family 6K in Ballapousta – a full report and pictures from these runs are in our post ‘May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019’.