Our veteran teams took pride of place today at the National Road Relays being held in Raheny. Our women's over 35 and over 50 took the gold medals while our men's over 35 team also took the gold.
In the first race of the day, the Master women's team of Brid Ni Connell, Annette Kealy and Lorraine Byrne scored a decisive victory winning the gold medal in 23"42. Brid Ni Connell ran 5"51 for the first leg which put her only seconds away from the leaders Finn Valley. Annette Kealy on the 2 lap leg stayed with Finn Valley running 11"45 and passed the race over to Lorraine Byrne who was now neck and neck with the leaders. Running 6"06 for the final one lap leg Lorraine opened a gap of over 30 seconds with Raheny crossing the line champions in a time of 23"42.
The Masters O-50 team also struck gold when they fought a three horse race with Finn Valley and Drogheda and District. Staying in contention for the first lap, Helena Corcoran ran 6"46 for the one lap leg before passing it to Fiona Kirwin in 2nd place. Fiona moved into 1st position on the 2 lap leg, having gotten the better of Finn Valley, however a fast 2 lap by Drogehda gave Raheny only seconds of a cushion going into the final leg. Bernie Manley ran a 6"54 for her final lap crushing the opposition to give Raheny 30 second victory as they crossed the line in 27"27.
Raheny's master o-35 team where also victorious in their race. Des Kennedy stayed in contention with the main pack in the first 1 lap leg, running it in a time of 4"53 which placed Raheny 4th at the handover. Mick Traynor produced his regular gutsy performance and on his 2 lap leg brought Raheny into joint 1st position with Donore Harriers. Running a time of 10"04 for the 2 laps Mick passed the baton over to Brian Leahy who produced a stellar display on the anchor leg to bring Raheny home 5 seconds ahead of Donore Harriers. Raheny's finishing time was 19"46 with Brian closing the race with a 4"49 anchor leg.
Our other teams were unlucky not to wine medals on the day. Our Master-050 team of Brian Kelly, Tom Loftus and Mick Gygax were 5th while our 0-35 B team were 8th.
Our senior mens team of Daragh Bermingham, Cillian Kirwin, Kevin Moriarty, and Conor Dooney placed 4th, while an under strength women's senior team of Chloe Doran, Fiona Roche and Karen Crossan placed 6th.