Raheny Shamrock men’s team made it three in a row, winning a pulsating Irish Life Health national road relays on home turf.
The sun peered in and out throughout the day with gusty winds curtailing fast times but that didn’t stop some really great racing on the famous one lap circuit.
There was a see-saw battle in the senior men’s eight mile relay (2-1-3-2) with Raheny Shamrock eventually holding out in 37.47 from DSD in 38:10 and Kilkenny City Harriers in 38.14.
Kieran Kelly and Eoin Strutt had put Raheny into a commanding lead but DSD’s Hiko Hoso Tonosa clawed back Mick Clohisey on the three mile leg to give John Eves the lead on the final leg.
Eves could do nothing to prevent a strong charge from Conor Dooney, who made it a hat-trick of wins for the Shamrocks with it being his second year in succession to anchor the team to another golden moment.
The day started with a comprehensive victory for the F50 women’s team of Annette Kealy, Orla Gormley and Adrienne Atkins crossing the line in 24.25. Finn Valley scored silver in 26.35 with Drogheda & District third in 28.51.
While the master (F35) women’s team just missed out on the bronze medal just nine seconds behind Crusaders. The team was Sarah Quigley, Tara Kennedy Monks and Zoe Quinn.
While the second F35 team of Elaine O’Hagan McNulty, Jenny Mulry and Mary Walsh finished in fifth place.
There was no luck either for the masters men’s team who took fourth place, just five seconds off bronze, the team of Dermot Gorman, Michael McMahon and Will Walsh.
The second M35 team of Eric Champ, Ciaran McCarthy and Terry Keogh took ninth place and the third team of Niall Power, John Clarke and Ger Mullins were 17th.
The M50 team of Peter Smyth, Dave Woods and Dave O’Hara collected silver behind Cork side St Finbarr’s. The second team of Mick Gygax, Dave Feeney and Jim Crowe finished seventh.
The senior women’s team of Blaithin Sheil, Ailish Murtagh and Lucy Barrett took 10th place with the second team of Orla Manley, Aine Crimin and Caoimhe Flynn taking 15th place.
The final results saw Raheny Shamrock retain the Paddy Boland Cup as best club of the National Road Relay championships for the third consecutive year.