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Grand Prix: Keen as mustard, Conor fastest in Murphy 5

Grand Prix Round 8 report by Liam Hennessy: 50 starters took part in the Michael Murphy 5 Mile Memorial race – Weather was a Dry /10 Degrees – Felt like 6 / Humidity 90% / Wind South Easterly 28km/h / Wet underfoot with trail areas quite greasy – not a bad night for running.

It was tremendous to see such a large attendance of members, who competed in this race over the years, including our president, Paddy Marley. It was also great to see Gerry Mc Cabe, a stalwart on the Grand Prix Committee over recent years, looking so well after a recent setback in the springtime.

The following is the Result of the Handicap for the Michael Murphy 5 Mile Memorial race;

Winner – Mary Purdue Smyth
2nd Place – Melissa Curran
3rd Place – Liam Hennessy

The Murphy family once more presented the prize for the fastest runner to Conor Keane.

Full list of results as follows;

1. Conor Keane – 28.59
2. Shane Casey – 30.38
3. Clive Ahern – 30.49
4. Anto Doran – 31.02
5. Stephen Tracey – 31.23
6. Kevin Dowling – 31.31
7. Emma Dunne – 31.58
8. Niall Markey – 32.02
9. Alan Worrall – 32.24
10. Thomas Frayne – 32.31
11. Mick Bermingham – 32.50
12. Philip Matthews – 33.25
13. Fergal Keenan – 33.35
14. Des Shorten – 33.42
15. Declan Grant – 34.10
16. Laura Kernan – 34.17
17. Mick Gleeson – 34.29
18. David O’ Sullivan – 34.32
19. Ollie Power – 34.36
20. Murray Ahern – 34.37
21. Tom Cassidy – 34.48
22. Trevor Wisdom – 35.24
23. Adrian Gerard – 35.27
24. Liam Hennessy – 35.36
25. Jim Keogh – 35.46
26. Declan Murray – 36.09
27. Ciaran O’ Regan – 36.46
28. Connor Jennings – 37.07
29. Dave Hanley – 37.13
30. Ann Lyons – 37.31
31.Keith Farrell (Guest) – 37.44
32. Pat Devitt – 37.52
33. Orla Deighan – 38.02
34. Melissa Curran – 38.10
35. Mary Purdue Smyth – 38.27
36. Jennifer Sharkey – 39.01
37. Roisin Daly (Guest) – 39.33
38. Pat Healy (Guest) – 40.42
39. Niall O’ Connor – 40.47
40. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 40.49
41. Sue Kelly – 41.12
42. Ann Mc Donnell – 41.21
43. Dave Brady – 41.57
44. Pat Bonass – 43.04
45. Ciara Faherty – 45.26
46. Dave Lyons – 48.03

Many thanks to all who helped make this race happen, from the starter, timekeeper, lead bike, marshalls, etc.

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Next Race – Round 9 – Club Championship – 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday, July 6th8pm. This is the shortest race of the series, so warm up well to avoid injury – Best of luck – See you there !!!
And remember, only a week later – Round 10 – Club Championship – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday, July 13th8pm.

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