Raheny road relay treble
For a third year, host club Raheny Shamrock won the men's senior title at the National Road Relays, held in blustery conditions on a one-mile circuit in Raheny, Dublin on Sunday (April 22).
The boys in green led from the opening two-mile lap, with Kevin Kelly building up a small lead on the chasers, led by Kilkenny City Harriers, and Eoin Strutt maintaining that lead on the one-mile leg that followed.
Next was the three mile leg, where marathon man Mick Clohisey for Raheny was gradually reeled in by Hiko Tonusa of Dundrum South Dublin.
That gave John Eves for DSD a small lead going into the final two-mile leg, but it wasn't enough to hold off the in-form Conor Dooney for Raheny.
Halfway through the leg, Dooney took over in front and for a second year, brought his team home as worthy winners. The time was 37 mins 47 secs; DSD finished second in 38:10 and KCH third in 38:14
Dundrum South Dublin had better luck in a closely fought women's 4-mile race. At the end of the opening mile leg, North Down's Rachel Gibson had a narrow lead on Linda Byrne for DSD.
Alanna Lally for defending champions UCD was a close third and Cliona Murphy of Dublin City Harriers fourth.
On the second leg of two miles, Jessica Craig kept North Down ahead, but just eight seconds adrift for DSD was a battling Fiona Clinton.
DSD's anchor woman for the final mile Meghan Ryan. She did brilliantly to pass Sarah Lindsey of North Down and take the title for the south Dublin club in a time of 21 mins 34 secs.
North Down finished second in 21:42 and DCH third in 22.28.
Closest race of the race was master men's 4 -mile with Tristan Druet winning the sprint for the line for Donore Harriers. Donore and Letterekenny AC were both timed at 19 mins 32 secs, with Rathfarnham WSAF just one second adrift again. Best of the M50 teams was St Finbarr's.
Finn Valley were clear winners of the master women's race, from Newbridge AC, with Crusaders AC third. Teresa Doherty had a busy day, first running a one mile leg for her team and then two miles for the senior team half an hour later.
For the Newbridge trio of Emma Boland, Michelle Cox and Sadie Wheatley, who finished just seven seconds ahead of Crusaders, it was a rare national medal for their club,
Raheny took the W50 title - making it a record 14th road relay victory for club stalwart Annette Kealy. Since her first victory inn 1996, Kealy has won five senior, seven W35 and now two W50 titles. Best overall team, with two wins, was Raheny Shamrock.