Freddy retains title at Monaghan 10 & 5 Miler…
Last Sunday saw athletic clubs from all around northern and southern Ireland descend on Monaghan Town to take part in the annual Monaghan 10 & 5 mile race. Lifford AC and many Derry clubs travelled en mass to Monaghan as well as clubs from Belfast, Newry, Omagh, Armagh, Dundalk, Dublin, Cavan as well as individual entrants from England , Wales, Germany and Australia. Team Kerr were there providing inspiration and Team Dog were also on hand providing some fun. This race continues to grow more and more successful each year with 602 entries registered for this years event. It was great to listen to the participants comments
after the race that paid tribute to the hospitality of the people of Monaghan and praised the tremendous support they received all along the route. Many athletes also commended their hosts on such a well organised race (always nice to hear that) as well as showing admiration for the picturesque setting of Ballinode village.
The 10 mile race was won by Kenyan international athlete Freddy Stuk in a very impressive 51:50 mins. City of Derry athlete Declan Reed finished in 2nd place with Glaslough Harriers athlete Conor Duffy followed closely in 3rd. Michelle McGee was 1st lady across the line. Well done to all participants. You are all winners.
Monaghan Town runners would like to thank everyone for their support in making the event such a huge success. The registration Team who worked tirelessly to get pre-reg entries done and take registrations in the shopping centre and on the day in the Marquee. To the goodie bag packers,you are amazing. Great team effort by all MTR members. To everyone who provided food and helped with teas after the race, Thank you. To Julie and Theresa, your help is greatly appreciated. The stewards, led by Gerry Campbell, kept everyone on the right road (Paul you were just too early) and the water teams keeping everyone hydrated on such a warm day. To Oliver and Conor who always provide us with an excellent timing and finish line and John Nutley Photography for your finish line pictures. Thank you one and all who helped out. Coral Leisure Centre for their continued partnership, Monaghan Town Council, and the members of the Gardaí, Emyvale Cycling Club and the residents of Ballinode.
Special thanks also goes to the sponsors without who we cannot do without; Monaghan Credit Union, Hilton Foods, Tesco, Fyffe’s,, Dolans Chemist, Apache Pizza, Mace Sams Bridge, Monaghan Tidy Towns, Teach Na Daoine, Fannings Bakery, Monaghan Piano Centre, Brixworkwear, Peter Deery Engineering, The Squealing Pig, The Westenra Arms Hotel, Universal Graphics, Linwoods, Duffy Transport, Coral Leisure, Avonmore, Northern Sound, Grays Chemist and Connollys Pharmacy.
Thank you all. When is It again?