Noel Mc Guill and Sandra Floyd
The annual cross country event honours the memory of two fine Dunleer AC athletes who tragically lost their lives while in their prime, Noel Mc Guill in a cycling race accident and Sandra Floyd in a car accident.
The Noel Mc Guill and Sandra Floyd Memorial races were held in conjunction with Rás na hÉireann in 2014, and this has been the case since. The Mc Guill and Floyd families were delighted with this new concept and very proud to have their loved ones remembered as part of the prestigious Rás na hÉireann. The Noel Mc Guill memorial Cup is now awarded annually to the winning Club team in the senior men's event and the Sandra Floyd memorial cup is presented to the winning Club team in the senior ladies' event.
Some reports down through the years. I will add to this from time to time!
Noel Mc Guill Sandra Floyd 2012
We marked the 40th Anniversary of the Death of Noel Mc Guill in the Rás Tailteann Cycling Event in 2012.
The Noel Mc Guill/Sandra Floyd Memorial Cross Country Event 2012 was a huge success with the senior ladies winning the Sandra Floyd Cup; Featuring Emma Fay, Sarah Haak, Karen Costello and Sandra Doheny as the scoring members and a magnificent 8 juvenile/junior wins for the Club:
Under 7 Girls Lucy Sheridan, Under 9 Girls Grace Fitzpatrick, Under 9 Boys Patrick Farrell, Under 13 Boys Jack Mc Cullough, Under 15 Girls Aoife Fay, Under 17 Girls Niamh Murray, Junior Girls Emma Fay, Junior Boys Conor Dunne
North East Runners won teh senior men's Noel Mc Guill Cup.
2011 Event: Dunleer AC Senior Men retain the Noel Mc Guill Cup
Noel Mc Guill/Sandra Floyd Memorial Cross Country
The Noel Mc Guill/Sandra Floyd memorial Bradley's Pharmacy sponsored cross country races were held at the Darver GAA grounds last Sunday and the Dunleer AC athletes performed to a high standard across the board. Host Club Dunleer AC was delighted to win the men's senior Noel Mc Guill memorial cup once again, with Martin Quinn first man home for the Dunleer team. Martin ran a superb 6km to finish second in 19 minutes 10 seconds behind the National Half Marathon Champion Seán Hehir of Rathfarnham AC who won in 18.46. Kevin Moriarty from Raheny AC was 3rd senior in 20.00. The Dunleer AC men easily took the team title with Aaron Hanlon (1st junior in 19.55), David Carrie and James Rothwell from Drogheda & District 2nd and North East Runners 3rd.
The senior ladies' Sandra Floyd memorial cup went to the local ladies from Drogheda & District, with the Dunleer AC team in 2nd place, led home by the very talented Sarah Haak who finished in 2nd place overall, with the winner of the ladies race Fiona Mahon hailing from Donore Harriers in Dublin. The race was run over a lovely cross country course at the superb Darver facility, with Clubs from all over the country competing, from North Belfast, Lusk, North Laois, Glenmore, Ardee, Boyne, Drogheda and District, Dun Dealgan, Mountpleasant, North East Runners, Rathfarnham, Donore Harriers, Raheny, Newry AC, St. Gerards, all contesting the titles with high quality fields of athletes enjoying a feast of cross country running.
The Dunleer AC Committee would also like to thank the Louth GAA board for providing the wonderful Darver amenity for this Cross Country event. The course is much enjoyed by the athletes and the facilities are excellent.
Thanks also to the Mc Guill and Floyd families for their continued support, to Tom Neary our starter and to all who help out annually at this event, giving their time and energy to promote athletics. Many thanks also to Bradley's Pharmacy for sponsoring two televisions for the winners of the men's and ladies' races, and to Torris' Pat's Gift Shop for supporting the other prizes.
The juvenile races were well contested with a fun run for under 7's starting the day. Oisín Cheshire got the Club off to a great start with a super run just ahead of teammates Seán Mc Evoy in second, and Robert Matthews in 5th. In the girls under 7 Mary Lynch led the Dunleer AC girls home in a super 4th place.
The girls under 9 race was keenly contested with Nessa Reilly from Blackrock just taking the title from Grace Fitzpatrick Dunleer AC. Blackrock were first team with Dunleer AC 2nd. The boys under 9 was another great race with Tom Matthews from the host Club Dunleer in 3rd place leading his team to victory, closely followed by Patrick Farrell and Michael Casey.
In the under 11 girls 100m event, Erin Orr was first Dunleer girl home in 6th place and ably supported by Katie Matthews, Ciara Matthews, Aoife Holmes, Laura Cunningham, Grace and Ruth Flanagan, taking second place in the team event. Conor Matthews led the boys under 11 home in 3rd place, supported by Mark Byrne, TJ Doheny, Anthony Dillon and Sean Magennis. Dunleer were 2nd team with 33 points just behind Ardee & District.
The girls under 13 had a convincing winner in Seaghna Campbell from Dunleer running a strong race in this 1500m event, leading the Dunleer girls' team Seoda Matthews, Emma Cheshire and Aoife Howard to 3rd place. The boys under 13 had a 6th place finisher in Dermot Mc Keown with Liam Connaughton in 10th.
In the girls under 15 and 17 race Niamh Murray from Dunleer AC was a winner once again, with team mate Kirsty Mc Donnell showing great form and finishing in 5th place overall. Meanwhile Dunleer had another winner in the boys under 15 event in Gary Campbell, with Club mate Jamie Curtis in 2nd place. The Dunleer AC boys were first team, with Jack Boylan, Ciaran Connaughton, Shane Cheshire, Rory Meehan and Dylan Browne completing the Dunleer AC team line up.
2010 Event: Dunleer AC Seniors Win Noel Mc Guill & Sandra Floyd Memorial Cups
Dunleer AC's athletes were in action at the weekend at the Darver GAA grounds and performed to a high standard across the board. Host Club Dunleer AC were delighted to win both the men's senior Noel Mc Guill memorial cup and the senior ladies' Sandra Floyd memorial cup, over a lovely cross country course at the superb Darver facility. Clubs from all over the Province came to contest the titles and high quality fields of athletes enjoyed a feast of cross country running.
Carl Dunne, fresh from his under 19 Leinster title win last Sunday led the Dunleer men home to victory ahead of Drogheda & District AC and lifted the Noel Mc Guill Cup presented by Barney Mc Guill, brother of the late Noel Mc Guill. Carl finished in 3rd place overall behind Tommy Evans Of Gowran AC and Rory Mc Donnell Dunboyne AC and was supported by Dunleer AC teammates Fintan Reilly and Shane Walsh in 4th and 5th respectively, with Sean Carpenter 8th and Aonghus Rooney in 9th, Mark Garland 11th and Mark Carroll 13th and Paddy Fitzpatrick 18th. David Carrie was first man home in the over 40 section, while Micheal Mulligan was first home over 50. Ian Carroll helped the Dunleer men to 2nd in the masters' team event. Also running well were Aaron Goring and Norbert Feeney in the junior men's.
The Dunleer AC ladies also ran strongly and produced a great team effort to win the ladies' team event ahead of Drogheda & District. The Dunleer AC ladies proudly accepted the Sandra Floyd memorial cup from Ann Floyd, sister of the late Sandra, with Laura O Driscoll leading the way home in 4th place ahead of Geraldine Finegan in 5th, Deirdre Duffy in 6th and Sandra Doheny in 9th place.
The Dunleer AC juveniles made light of the heavy underfoot conditions to record a string of victories and medal winning performances both individually and in the team sections. The girls under 7 fun run saw Grace Fitzpatrick leading the Dunleer AC girls home with a 2nd placing, with teammates Aeyla Orr in 6th place and Aoife O Rourke in 8th. In the boys under 7 equivalent Dunleer AC's Seán Reynolds finished 2nd with teammate Oisín Cheshire 3rd, Seán Connaughton 4th, Phillip Malone 5th and Andrew Reilly 7th. The boys under 9 race produced a fine 1st place for Louth under 9 Champion Kian Leavy leading the Dunleer AC boys home, with Anthony Walsh, Emmet Murray.
The girls under 11 race was won by Emma Cheshire, with Seoda Matthews in 2nd, Erin Orr 10th and Aoife Howard 13th and closely followed by teammates Aoife Holmes, Katie Matthews and Aideen O Rourke. The girls won team gold ahead of Glenmore AC. The boys under 11 produced another 1 - 2 for Dunleer AC with Liam Connaughton first home ahead of Kevin Ledwith 2nd, with Conor Matthews 4th and Mark Byrne 8th. Following closely behind were Ronan Sands, Ronan Kelly, TJ Doheny, Vincent Malone and Cathal Reynolds.
In the girls under 13 race Ellen Campbell ran strongly to 8th place, while in the boys under 13 Jack Boylan was a fine 3rd for Dunleer AC, with Dylan Brennan 6th and Shane Mc Cann 9th earning the boys silver team medals.
Niamh Connaughton earned a 6th placing and individual medal under 15, while Sarah Haak was 5th in the girls under 17 section. The boys under 15 produced another winner for Dunleer AC with Aonghus Meehan 1st and in the boys under 17 race Aaron Hanlon led his team home with an individual win ahead of Sam Bingham in 2nd and Ciaran Connaughton in 7th place. The Dunleer AC boys won the team event with maximum points.
Noel Mc Guill Sandra Floyd Memorial Cross Country Races 2009
A great day of cross country running took place at the Louth GAA grounds in Darver on Sunday 15th November, with great participation from boys and girls, men and women, starting with the fun event for under 7s right up to senior and master's races, and a 2km Fit4Life run for joggers and runners.
The annual cross country event honours the memory of two fine Dunleer AC athletes who tragically lost their lives while in their prime, Noel Mc Guill in a cycling race accident and Sandra Floyd in a car accident. Both athletes were represented on the day once again by family members with Noel's brothers Larry Mc Guill and Barney Mc Guill and their families there to present the Noel Mc Guill Cup, and Sandra's sisters Joyce and Ann presenting the perpetual Sandra Floyd Cup.
The Dunleer AC Club is indebted to Bradley's Pharmacy, Dunleer for sponsoring two televisions for the winners of the ladies' and men's races. Thanks goes to Ceann Chomhairle Deputy Séamas Kirk for opening the event with words of encouragement and also to Louth GAA County Board for kind permission to host the event at this excellent course, impeccably marked out by Tom Neary and his team.
Noel Mc Guill/Sandra Floyd Memorial Event 2008
Martin Quinn, Dunleer AC continued his success over the country when he came home a clear winner of the annual Noel Mc Guill memorial cross country over 6,000 metres at Termonfeckin on November 16th. Martin won a keenly fought race over heavy conditions making a last lap drive for home from Rory Mc Donnell Dunboyne who shared the lead with Quinn for most of the race. Martin got a tv for his troubles, sponsored by Bradley's Pharmacy in Dunleer. Eight years ago he won the tv over the Shamrock Hill course and injury has deprived him of his athletics career since he led his Club home to return the team title with David O Brien in 3rd place.
Fiona Roche made it a great local double when she proved just too strong for a good class field with Aine Cotter in 3rd place to retain the Sandra Floyd Cup with Sinéad Kelly and Kelly O Reilly. The ladies' masters team also claimed the team title in their section with Geraldine Finegan in 9th and Sandra Doheny finishing 12th overall and leading the ladies home, with Jacqueline Matthews in 17th completing the team.
The promoting Club had some outstanding performances winning the junior men, led home by David Lambe in first and John Bingham 3rd to win the team with Fergal Barnes.
In the boys under 17, Dunleer filled the first 4 out of 5 athletes home, with Shane Farrell winning from Aaron Goring and Carl Dunne with Justin Ferris 5th. Aaron Hanlon had a great victory in the boys under 15, while Sarah Haak was a very strong 4th in the girl under 15. Aonghus Meehan also finished a great 5th in the under 13 boys.
The Boys under 9 was another terrific race with Kevin Ledwith, Dunleer AC coming home the winner, with Blackrock AC athlete Aiden Kirwan 2nd and Colm Farrell from Glenmore AC in 3rd.
In the Girls under 9, Emma Cheshire from Dunleer ran a great race, coming home in first place followed home by teammates Seaghna Campbell in second and Ciara Butterly in third.
The Fun Run was a great event for kids with Kyron Kelly from Dunleer coming home second in the boys' race.