EDAC Report

th out of 87 participants, recording 4.24.24, with Michael just 30 minutes behind in 52nd  and Colm taking a monstrous 25 minutes of his 2010 time in 5.58.16. None of them had the energy to take part in  Thursday night’s subsequent Hill and Dale race where Megan Wilson again was first Junior female to finish, coming home ahead of her Dad Brian, to whom she deferred at Loughshannagh the previous week.  Good to see that Brian is slowly but surely regaining his previous fitness levels. Anna McCoy also took the Female Open prize in this toughest of the Series race in 61.07. Ross Denvir continues to impress over the mountains and will soon be leading the way after purchasing the absent Stevie Cunningham’s Garmin. Using such assistance might be illegal but we’ll wait and see! Last Saturday Elaine Burch undertook the long trip to Tullamore to run the Irish Schools Intermediate Girls 1500m The vastly experienced Frank Sharkey had warned Elaine beforehand that the race would go off fast and warned her not to get sucked in and sure enough when Siofra Clerigh Buttner set off at speed the others tried to go with her. However, Elaine is a fast learner and heeded Frank’s expert advice and was last at the end of the first lap. She steadily worked her way through the field and with about 200 metres to go she caught the second placed girl.  Both battled to the line but Elaine was the stronger and took it on the line to win silver in a time of 4.57.45 – another in a string of PBs set this season. Needless to say she was delighted with the result and  is now looking forward to the Ulster Age Group Championships this weekend. Good luck to her and watch out for Elaine in the future, she is maturing into an athlete of great potential. This weekend sees a number of races on the calendar but locals are urged to support the Impact Romania 5 and 10K runs from Bright Community Centre in Ballynoe. Registration opens at 10.00am and the races start at 12.00 noon.]]>