Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLaois AthleticsLaois Athletics Road Races Home Sport Athletics Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway SportAthletics Facebook Community Rugby Mulhare and Morrissey the winners as road race season gets underway SEE ALSO – Laois boss challenges Kingston to show more intent to earn place The 2018 Downey’s Nissan/Laois Athletics road race series began on Sunday with the Novice championship races hosted in St Abban’s AC and held in Monavea, Crettyard.Weather conditions were good with no rain and very little wind. The juvenile development races got the day underway with the girls and boys U-8 250m race. Laura Ayres and Johnny McGrath of St Abban’s AC both won out taking gold.The programme continued through up to the u/18 950 m event , and  then all attention switched to the first of the main events of the day, the ladies novice race.Twenty four athletes from five clubs to the line. Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC took on the race from the start and was never in trouble, Caitlin McDonald of St Abban’s AC ran a lonely race for second.It was a different situation for third with Maria Cuddy and Anna Duggan of Portlaoise AC along with Maeve Maher of St Abban’s AC all battling it out for bronze. Maria Cuddy pulled away in the late stages of the 3km race to take bronze.The men were next up in the 6km. Thirty athletes from seven clubs took to the start line. This was probably the best men’s novice championship race in the last few years with only eight seconds seperating the top five on the day.It was a slow start with the pace picking up on the second of four and half laps. There was a group of eight men all in with a shout of a medal coming onto the last lap where a strong break saw five athletes trying to break each other the last 1km.Rory Morrissey of Mountmellick AC used his track experience to win gold from Niall Foley of St Abban’s AC second and Richie Reid of Portlaoise AC winning bronze.Individual ladies1st – Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC)2nd – Caitlin McDonald (St Abban’s AC)3rd – Maria Cuddy (Portlaoise AC)Individual men1st – Rory Morrissey (Mountmellick AC)2nd – Niall Foley (St Abban’s AC)3rd – Richie Reid (Portlaoise AC)Ladies Team1st – Portlaoise AC2nd – St Abban’s AC A3rd – St Abban’s AC BMen’s Team1st – Portlaoise AC2nd – St Michael’s AC3rd – St Abban’s AC Pinterest WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 5th February 2018 center_img Pinterest Council Twitter Twitter Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOver €500,000 digital technology investment for Laois schoolsNext articleDo you know a baby or toddler who’d make a good bib brand ambassador? Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more