Weekly News Roundup - Week 43


Leinster Novice Cross Country Navan 28.10.17

The weather was almost perfect for the Leinster Novice cross country in Navan apart from a strong wind at times.  The course was a 3 lap course for the men and 2 laps for the ladies.  It was good ground with some very soft patches due to previous races and many bends and uphill challenges to contend with.   Tom Lupton was the star of the Portlaoise crew on Saturday coming 3rd in 20:26 only 6 seconds behind 1st place Fionn Buttner of DCD.  Super running Tom.  Paul Cuddy had a fine run too finishing the 6k course in 23:07.  Anna Duggan and Maria Cuddy ran the ladies novice 4k 18:45 & 18:32 respectively and ran well among a field of almost 100 novice ladies.


Leinster Evan ages Cross Country Navan 28.10.17

Amy Walsh and Caoimhe Cuddy took the brave decision to run in this year’s Leinster championship. Amy ran in the ladies junior race it was 4k just like the Novice ladies Amy ran very well and finished 17th. Caoimhe also a great race in the u12 age group.  It was a 2k race 2 laps.  Caoimhe had a fine run to finish 49th out of 151 finishers. 


Dublin City Marathon 29.10.2017

Again this year, Portlaoise AC was well represented on the streets of Dublin on Sunday.  Dublin City Marathon is the largest marathon now in Ireland with 20,000 Irish and International participants and fifth largest in Europe.  Portlaoise had 9 athletes.  Aengus Burke unfortunately had to cut his marathon experience short this year with an injury and hopefully we will seem him back sooner rather than later.  Good luck Aengus with your recovery.  Our first member to cross the finish line was Richie Reid running his first marathon and ran a great time of 3:05.04.  Joe Breen had a rocky start to his marathon morning with a sudden dash to the doctor with his young son but thankfully managed to get to the start line and ran this year’s marathon his 5th with a smile on his face and also posted a PB time of 3:38:33. Olwyn Larkin our first female to finish ran her 3rd Dublin marathon in a row. Olwyn is getting stronger with each year posting a time of 3:36.43 a new PB for Olwyn. Cathy Mulhare another first timer was also smiling through Phoneix Park completed her first marathon experience in 4:25:52. Nuala Arrigan ran in 4:50.59, also another lady who is becoming a regular marathon runner on her 4th and has already decided next year is on the cards. Niall Curtis is not a first timer by any means to marathon running and decided this year to support his partner Sinead Curtis on her first marathon experience who is also only running 3 years.  Sinead ran a great marathon in 4:54.05 and is still glowing from her experience.  Sharon Byrne has taken on many challenges this year and well done on completing Dublin City Marathon in 5:18:2.  Well done to all of you. You have done yourself and your club proud.

There was great support along the route from Portlaoise AC and each runner is so grateful for the cheers, water and jellies.


Junior Park Run 29.10.17

Well done to our juveniles again this week.  Fionn Cuddy was 4th junior boy in 8:50 Leah Smullen was 3rd female junior in 10:06 followed by Aoife Cuddy in 10:15 a PB, Tara Ring 5th in 10:34.  Well done to all.


Shanahoe GAA 6k 30.10.17

A nice local race and was well supported by Portlaoise AC with Anna Duggan, Catherine Ryan, Grace Reilly, Jennifer Carter , Joe, Charlie and Amy Walsh , Martina Delaney all ran in Shanahoe on bank holiday Monday.  Grace and Anna were first and second lady.

Well done folks.



Monday: Seniors St. Fintans
Meet at 8pm - run at 8.15pm

Tuesday: Juveniles Portlaoise Track
All Ages From 6+ Meet at 7pm

Tuesday: Seniors St. Fintans
Meet at 6.15pm - run at 6.30pm

Wednesday: Seniors Portlaoise Track
Meet at 7pm (€2)

Thursday: Seniors Portlaoise Track
Meet at 6pm (€2)

Thursday: Juveniles Portlaoise Track
All Ages From 6+ Meet at 7pm


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