Ardee & District A.C. had 29 athletes competing in Ras na hEireann at Oldbridge on Sunday where the conditions underfoot were very heavy, muddy and sticky with rain just previous of the meet. Nevertheless Ardee & District A.C. athletes did their club proud once again bringing home a large haul of medals.
First medal of the day went to Paulina Kelly in the U9 Girls 500mts. Paulina had a super race and came through the finish in 4th position.
In the U11 Girls 800mts we had Ava Mc Nally picking up another medal for 4th position and she along with her team mates; Ruth Gillespie, Orlaith Carolan, Hallie Sands and Emma Duffy won gold in the teams, all of these girls gave a super performance.
In the Boys U11 800mts we had four boys competing all out of their age, but that didn’t hinder them as Rob Kelly stormed home for a medal in 6th position with Darragh Osborn just missing out in the medals coming in hot on Robs heels in 7th position with team mates Joe Murphy and Jack McCarron also giving great performances.
In the Girls U13 1500mts we had Emma Gillespie, Charlotte Osborn, Eireann Hoey, Aoibheann Carolan, Adah Murphy and Rebecca McCarron all competing very well in very muddy conditions. The girls won bronze in the teams for their efforts.
In the Girls U15 2500mts Abbie Sheridan leading from the start lengthened her lead coming to the finish and looked very relaxed as she took gold.
In the Girls U17 3000m we had Tara McGuinness, Niamh McGuinness and Grace Duffy who ran with the junior and senior ladies, they had a very tough course, but all ran very well with Tara receiving a medal for 3rd position and the three girls came 2nd in the Teams.
In the ladies 3000m race we had Tracy McCarron, Karen Duffy, Pauline Breslin and Sharon Martin. The girls ran a great race in very bad conditions and Pauline Breslin retained her title, receiving gold in her category!
In the Men’s 6000m race we had Liam Smith, Richie Rock, Paddy O’Mahoney, Peter Carolan and Richie McGuinness all the lads had great runs in what were gruelling conditions.
Well done to all of our athletes.