Harriers prosper far and wide

by Gazette Reporter
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Lucan Harriers had a great week with strong performances in National Indoor Masters Championships, National Duathlon Championships, Meath Spring 10k and Half Marathon, Wine on the Line 10k and parkrun.

At the masters in Athlone IT on Saturday, on foot of their results, Annette Durkan and Carol Kearney will now represent Ireland at the European Indoor Masters Championships which will be held in Madrid.

Durkan will compete in the 60m, Kearney in the 400m and both of them in the 200m relays. Their races start on March 19 and continue to Saturday, March 24.

Durkan won the bronze medal in the W40 60m in a time of 8.72 seconds while Kearney won bronze in the W50 200m in a time of 30.53.

Niamh Fitzgerald added to her huge medal haul golds in the W40 400m in a time of 1.04.03 and then again in the 800m in a time of 2.21.28.

On the men’s side, Hugh Walsh performed strongly to finish sixth in the M50 60m in a time of 8.23 seconds. He also finished sixth in the 200m. Derek Lynch ended eighth in the M40 800m final, Colin O’Gara was seventh in the M50 800m while Eoin Fitzgerald was the bronze in the M45 in a time of 4.36.21.

Lucan’s Will Byrne headed to Letterkenny, County Donegal for the National Duathlon Championships. This consists of a 10k Run, 40k Cycle and finishes with a 5k Run. He finished 20th overall and won the National 045 title.

In the Meath Spring Half Marathon and 10k on Sunday, hosted by Bohermeen AC, Kathleen Trunk took part in the 10k and finished 53rd overall out of 410 entries in a time of 46.29.

In the Half Marathon, David Trunk was first Lucan Harrier home in a time of 1.37.16. Next in was Helen McGinnity in 2.00.38 followed by Jill Meredith in 2.20.04, Siobhan Casey in 2.21.22 and Aileen Walsh in 2.34.36.

Two Lucan Harriers headed to Kildare for the Wine on the Line 10k. Not sure if it was the fabulous medal or the wine at the finish line but they both put in good performances with Susan McDonald running the course in 1.07.11 and Laura McCabe in 1.08.16.

Harriers were represented at six parkruns including Edinburgh and the inaugural Portumna parkrun in Co Galway. At Griffeen parkrun, Alex O’Brien led the field home in a time of 19.09 and Breda Smyth was second lady home in 21.36.

At Corkagh parkrun, PJ Hyland was third home in 19.55 with Lorraine Heffernan first lady home in 22.05.

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