Raheny rocks at road relays
Home team Raheny Shamrock won the most competitive senior men's race seen in some years at the Glo Health National Road Relays in Raheny village.
First off for the team on the All Saints' Road loop - slightly over one mile - was Mark Kirwan who clocked a time of 9 mins 27 secs for the opening two-mile leg. He handed over to Kieran Kelly who ran 4 mins 22 secs for the mile leg to maintain the Raheny lead.
Next up was marathon man Mick Clohisey whose time of 14 mins 4 secs for three miles was equalled only by John Travers of Donore with the pair's times by some way the fastest of the day.
So it was left to Daire Bermingham to bring the team home. He ran a time of 9 mins 33 secs for the second two-mile leg, crossing the line in a new record of 37 mins 26 secs.
In the battle for second place, Ennis TC, consisting of Dara, Kevin and Rory Chesser and anchor man Kevin Mulcaire, just got home ahead of Kilkenny City Harriers. Mulcaire held off the challenge of Eoin Everard with both teams finishing in under 38 minutes - a considerable achievement.
A strong team from DSD finished fourth with defending champions Donore fifth. All clocked times that would have won the race in previous years.
In the M35 race, just seven seconds separated the top four teams with Donore first in 19 mins 34 secs, followed by Rathfarnham WSAF in 19:36, defending champions Newbridge 19:39, and Sligo 19.41.
Successfully defending their women's senior title were Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn of Leevale. Only two days earlier, Michelle Finn had won the steeplechase at the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships. The Leevale trio were clear winners in 20 mins 50 secs, not too far off the record of 20: 39 they had set a year earlier.
Crusaders, anchored by Anna Reddan, finished second in 21:21 and Sli Cualann third in 21:28. Running for Sli Cualann were juniors Richael Browne and Emma O'Brien on the mile legs and Deirdre Byrne on the middle two-mile leg. Byrne and Lizzie Lee were both timed at 10:38 for the leg - the fastest of the day.
On a good day for Sli Cualann, the combination of Suzanne Foot, Carol Costello and Aisling Smith won the W35 title. This was another closely-fought race with the Wicklow team chased hard by Drogheda and District and Beechmount Harriers. Sli Cualann's winning time was 23 mins 19 secs, with Drogheda finishing in 23:22 and Beechmount in 23 :33.
Winning the W50 title was Raheny, with Finn Valley second and Drogheda and District third.