Report on Rás 2017
Rás na hÉireann 2017 was held on Sunday February 5th, on a beautiful frosty but sunny day at Oldbridge, site of the famous Battle of the Boyne. Almost 600 athletes participated and the Dunleer AC organisers were delighted with the huge turnout. Cross country running is very strong in Ireland and the Athletic Clubs in Louth and beyond are great supporters of the Rás every year. This year teams from Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Dublin, Offaly, Kildare and Down participated and there was a very high standard of running with All Ireland, Louth and Leinster Champions mixing with Club runners from this wide geographical area. Among the sponsors were Glen Dimplex, Premier Electrics, Darby's Service Station and Coca Cola. Many thanks to all who supported the event.
The Larry Mc Guill and Dunleer AC Cups were presented to the winners of the Men's and Ladies races respectively, with Killian Mooney winning the men's 6km and Sarah Fitzpatrick also Dundrum South Dublin winning the ladies 3km.
First Dunleer AC athletes home were presented with cups also to mark their achievement, with Jack Boylan receiving the Louis Duffin Cup and Karen Costello receiving the inaugural Dunleer AC cup.
Dunleer AC were delighted to have a winner in Conor Brennan in the boys under 9 race and Erinn Leavy in the girls under 13 race. Maeve Smith of Carrick Aces was a clear winner of the girls under 9 race, with Emily Bolton of Metro St. Brigids a worthy winner of the girls under 11. Shea O Donnell Boyne AC had a super victory in the boys under 11 just ahead of Dunleer ACs Dáire Mathews. Boyne AC had another winner in the boys under 13 with Neil Culhane with Dunleer AC's Erinn Leavy winning the girls equivalent by a great margin. Tullamore Harriers provided the winner in the girls under 15 with Ava O Connor just edging out Blackrock AC's Neasa Reilly. Victor Esosa powered home to win the boys under 15 for St. Joseph's. Lauren Murphy of Cillies AC had a good win under 17 just ahead of Ardee & District's Abbie Sheridan. The boys under 17 saw Tadhg Donnelly of Drogheda & District power away to win the 4km race in a convincing fashion.
The men's senior race was won by Killian Mooney DSD, with Brian Mc Cluskey North East Runners in 2nd and Shane Toner Glenmore in 3rd. Stephen Kelly Drogheda & District was first over 40, Declan Bolton MSB was first over 45 and Paul le Blanc Dunleer AC was first over 50, with Pat O Grady Drogheda & District first over 55.
1st North East Runners 31 points
2nd Drogheda & District 48 points
3rd Dunleer AC 72 points
The ladies' race was won by Sarah Fitzpatrick DSD, with Karen Costello Dunleer AC 2nd and Esther Dickson Newry AC 3rd, with first over 40 Yasmin Canning Drogheda & District, first over 45 Ciara Darker DSD and first over 50 Anita Bolton North East Runners.
1st DSD 24 points
2nd Dunleer AC 44 points
3rd North East Runners 72 points