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Great turnout for the Captain’s Race


from Donore Harriers 23 starters, fine soft going and an unusual course correction proved to make this a really memorable captain’s race indeed. The race is always held a Saturday or two before Christmas and the traditional bring a prize and receive a prize works well so long as the ladies and the men can guess which prizes are for ladies and men through the Christmas wrapping. The Willie Smith 5k three lap course became a “Mark Dooley created”, shorter lap followed by 2 regulation laps as Mark who boldly led the race from the gun followed other flags to design his own lap. The whole field followed him except for the wiley Susan Walsh, who on her comeback race after knee surgery, was determined to be the first across the line to complete the regulation 3 laps.

After the first unusual lap the rest of the field resumed the correct course. Mark dominated the race, in line with his present form, finishing nearly a minute ahead of his nearest rival, Gavin Keogh. Gavin beat Ken Nugent into third, letting Ken away a little on the first 2 laps and then timing his effort on the last lap to edge past Ken with 200m to go. Has Gavin rounded into form for the Stephen’s day 10 miler?

The next finishers were 2 new members Simon Meyler then Fergal Swaine, both running their first club race. Simon had his whole family there on the day with young Eoghan, Ellen and Sean some of our most promising juvenile runners finishing 8th, 19th and 20th consecutively. Yvonne Meyler was there to cheer the family on and had to play a tricky game as Ellen and Sean battled it out on the last lap.

Adrienne Jordan was the first lady finisher in 6th, returning after a short break after competing at a very high level again this year, Florrie Curley was in hot pursuit under 40 seconds behind which was a great performance from Flo. Ally Loughney was next finisher after what can be described a “withering kick” past Charlie O’Neill in the last 200m. They were followed by Louisa Nesbitt, Tom Hickey and Cliodhna Carty.

There was a great turnout from our ladies section and there were some good runs by all. The finishers were as follows:
Sheelagh Sullivan 14th, Claire Nolan 15th, Maire Kearns 16th, Mary Kingston 17th, Jill Dempsey 18th, Ellen Meyler 19th, Sean Meyler 20th, Mary Murphy 21st, Susan Walsh 22nd and Angela Eustace 23rd.

Let’s not forget that Susan in theory was the only athlete to complete the originally designed course.

See you all on St Stephen’s morning, several athletes have laid down a marker and may be looking to defy the handicappers odds.