There were a 3 gold medals won as Raheny hosted the National Road Relays for the 16th successive year. The first race was the masters women, as the O50 women of Bernie Manley, Orla Gormley and Helena Corcoran won the first gold of the day. The trio of Brid Ni Chonaill, Annette Kealy and Helen Carr were 6th in the O35 while Elaine McNulty, Sarah Quigley and Denise Kelleher were 9th.
The second race of the day saw the men’s O50 win gold. Dave Woods ran a solid opening mile and handed over to Mick Traynor on the two mile, who handed over to Damien Martin for the glory leg. The trio of Seamus Rooney, Brian Kelly and Christy Reilly were 5th. In the O35, Dave Kirwin, Brian Leahy and Wes O’Brien were 7th while Dave Grange, Damien Kehoe and John Clarke were 13th. Next up were the senior women as the trio of Siobhan Evistion, Kate Cronin and Niamh Corry were third while the second women’s team were 16th.
The final race of the day was the senior men’s race. Mark Kirwan ran the opening two mile in 9:25 and handed over to Kieran Kelly. Kieran ran a blistering 4:22 for the mile before handing over to Mick Clohisey for the 3 mile leg. Mick ran the quickest 3 mile of the day in 14:04 to extend the team’s lead before handing over to Daire Bermingham for the glory leg, running 9:33 for the win. The quartet also set a new course record in the process. The second team of Simon Devenney, Feidhlim Kelly, Simon Ryan finished 10th. The club also won the Paddy Boland trophy for overall team performance, which was unveiled on Thursday night with Paddy and club members, former and current, in attendance