A mixed bag of fun for our Seniors this month saw some or our athletes run cross country championships, road races and marathons near and far…
October 7th – A massive congratulations to Barry Reid and Nathan Anderson for their fantastic achievements at the IAAF Gold Label Chicago Marathon in the USA. Barry was amazing, finishing in 3:40:54 and Nathan was outstanding, he did it in under 3 hours, 2:59:10. Another one off the bucket list for both these dedicated athletes.
Nathan Anderson – 2:59:10/IAAF Gold Label Chicago Marathon
Barry Reid – 3:40:54/IAAF Gold Label Chicago Marathon
October 7th – While two of our athletes were running half way across the world 4 of our seniors, Tracey McCarron, Michelle Lynch, Leo Farrell and Liam Smith braved a bitter cold day in Darver at Day 1 of Athletic Louth’s Cross Country Championships. All four ran well and it was a new experience for Michelle running on grass.
October 14th – Michelle Lynch and Yvonne Callan tried their luck at Day 2 of Athletic Louth’s Cross Country Championships in the Dundalk Institute of Technology. More use to road running these two ladies surprised themselves and thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.
Day 1 – Louth Cross County Championships – Tracey McCarron, Liam Smith, Michelle Lynch & Leo Farrell
October 21st – Seven happy seniors took on the Forkhill 10k challenge in Co. Armagh; Ben Corcoran, Shane Carroll, Brian Duff, Leo Farrell, Peter Carolan, Dave Symmons and Liam Smith. All seven ran exceptionally well in this tough, hilly and most challenging course and a massive congratulations to Shane who come home in 40:53, 2nd place overall. Well done lads.
Shane Carroll, 2nd place winner of the Forkhill 10k Challenge.
October 28th – With the sun shining brightly seven of our best headed to the Dublin City Marathon. Ronan O’Sullivan 3:30:55, Paul Barnes 3:47:30, Bernie Balfe 3:48:15, Kevin Carroll 3:56:46, Nathan Anderson 4:17:20, Domhnall Lennon; 4:17:21 and Deirdre McEneaney 4:59:16. All seven were magnificent and did themselves proud. The excitement of the day began to build as we watched on YouTube, followed their progress on the RTRT.me App and received reports back home from club members Brian Duff with his bag of goodies at the ready; bananas, gels, jellies, water, etc., at the 20 mile mark and Teresa Durnin on the finish line, both proudly flying the Ardee & District AC banner. All seven reached personal goals coming home safely and recovering well, a true testament to their disciplined training and commitment. Congratulations to all, wonderful achievements.
The Magnificent Seven – Bernie, Ronan, Kevin, Domhnall, Nathan, Paul & Deirdre.
Club mate Teresa at the ready at the finish line.
Club mate Brian at the ready at the 20 mile mark.
Some of our members caught in action…
Domhnall in high spirits.
Kevin looking strong at 20 miles and still smiling.
Kevin about to hit the finish.
Nathan and Domhnall almost there and keeping each other going.
Well done Paul
Nathan and Domhnall celebrating together.
Nathan’s a happy camper.
Domhnall can’t be happier.
Kevin – the smile says it all.