ATHLETICS | Freddie pulls away to set a course record at Dromiskin 5K Race

Freddie Keron Stuk of Raheny Shamrocks on his way to victory at the Dromiskin 5K Race

The Dromiskin 5K Race took place around the roads of the village last Saturday evening where a massive turnout of runners of all abilities created an electric atmosphere.

A field consisting of 447 finishers included former Olympians and international athletes along with fun runners, joggers and walkers.

The men’s race was a hotly contested affair with a breakaway group of three athletes setting a brisk pace.

The trio stayed together for 3k but Kenya’s Freddie Keron Stuk moved through the gears to pull away for victory, in doing so setting a new course record of 15.02.

Carrick Aces’ Rose Lambe, first lady home at the Dromiskin 5K Race

Freddie was followed by two former Olympians in the shape of Valdas Dopolskas (15.24) who represented his native Latvia in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Valdas now runs with Balbriggan AC. Third place went to former Irish Olympian, Shane Healy, in a time of 15.51. Shane represented Ireland in the 1500m at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

It was a truly fantastic occasion to have a podium filled with a Kenyan and two Olympians in Dromiskin!

L-R: Liam Fergus (NER), Oisin Hughes (Blackrock AC) and Shane Larkin (Drogheda and District)

The women’s race was also a tight affair with the evergreen Rose Lambe, who runs for Carrick Aces, leading the women home in a time of 19.29. Rose is a former international runner and proved that age is just a number.

Second place in the women’s race went to Laura Matthews of North East Runners in a time of 19.48 and third place went to Star of the Sea athlete Aoife Parralla in a time of 20.08.

The category prize winners went to Caitlin Mulholland from Dundalk St Gerard’s AC and Katie Mallon from Glenmore who were first and second Junior Women respectively.

The Over 40 Women category was won by Dearbhla Greene from North East Runners in first place with Bernie Moroney from Dromiskin Fit Club in second.

The men’s podium at the Dromiskin 5k Race, featuring two Olympians, Valdas Dopolskas (2nd) and Shane Healy (3rd), and a Kenyan, Freddie Keron Stuk (1st)

The Women’s Over 50 winner was Anita Bolton from North East Runners with Helen Cheshire from Dunleer AC in second place while the Women’s Over 60 winner was Angela Baird from

Magheracloone Fun Run group with Eileen Jordan from North East Runners in second.

The men’s category saw Oisin Hughes from Blackrock AC in first place and Ciaran Flynn from Glenmore AC in second while the Over 40 was won by Declan Toal of North East Runners with Drogheda and District AC’s Shane Larkin in second.

The Over 50’s men section was won by Chris Keeling of Balbriggan and District AC followed by North East Runners Eamonn McMahon. The Men’s Over 60 was won by St Peter’s AC’s Andrew Rogers with Tommy Shields from Dunleer AC in second.

L-R: Fintan Reilly (Dunleer AC), Micheal Mulligan (Dunleer AC) and Jim Gonnelly (NER)

The team winners were North East Runners in the women’s and Balbriggan and District in the men’s.

The event was a major success and runners left positive comments about the well organised event, the really good course which was very well marshalled in a brilliant atmosphere.

The refreshments afterwards were also very well received proving that this really was a community event with the two major sporting organisations in the parish, St Peter’s AC and St Joseph’s GAA club working together to host the race.

You can view the full results of the race here.

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