ATHLETICS | Wet weather but crowd comes out in force for ‘Tick Tock 2’ Race

Over 300 finishers come out to remember the late Andy Califf

A pictured of the late Andy Califf and the Mint Jewellers Tick Tock 2 Trophy. PICTURE: IN THE PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

The wet weather didn’t deter 324 finishers who took part in the the first running of the ‘Tick Tock 2’ event last Tuesday night.

The event, a three way organised race by Louth County Council, North East Runners and local organ donor awareness charity Duáin Croí, was held in memory of local runner Andy Califf who passed away earlier this year.

The organising committee was made up of members from all three organisations with Andy having worked in Louth County Council as well as being a prominent member of North East Runners.

A distance of two miles was chosen as the organisers felt this was within most people’s ability and indeed many children accompanied their parents along the route.

Jennifer McAteer, Amanda McVerry, Lorna Kane and Sean Smith. PICTURE: IN THE PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

A novel approach was that the winner of the Mint Jewellers Tick Tock 2 Trophy would not necessarily be the first person to cross the line at the end. All entrants had to predict their expected finish time with the winner being whoever was closest.

The event started in the Louth County Council grounds before making its way along the Ramparts Road to Tesco/Lidl Junction and returning to County Hall via Marshes Road.

There was only one rule to obey, Nobody was allowed to wear a watch during the event as a way of helping them to finish in their predicted time.

The event was started by two-year-old Shay Conachy, ably assisted by his mum who helped blow the starting whistle. Shay has already been through several heart operations at Crumlin Hospital and Duain Croí was set up to raise funds for the centre as a way of saying thank you.

Siobhan White, Mary Boyle and Catherine Connolly. PICTURE: IN THE PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

First home was Brian McCluskey in a time of 10.06 mins — he predicted 9.59 mins — but there was an anxious wait until the final person arrived back!

Results were checked with Ruairi from timing company Chip It and there was great excitement when he revealed there was just one person who finished on their predicted their time exactly.

The organisers were proud to announce local lad Finn Carter as the winner in a time of 17.42 mins. Finn is the first winner of the Mint Jewellers Tick Tock 2 Trophy which he will hold until next year.

He also received a prize to keep for good as Gerry Califf sponsored the prize of a crystal clock for both Finn and Brian McCluskey.

Kieran Conachy and Andrew Gallagher. PICTURE: IN THE PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Laura Matthews was first lady home in a time of 12.15 — she predicted 12.20 mins — and received her prize sponsored by Luke McCann Physiotherapy Clinic.

All proceeds from the event go towards Duain Croí who set about in January this year as a walking and running group to raise funds for the Renal / Transplant Support Centre in Beaumont Hospital and the Children’s Heart Centre in Crumlin Hospital.

The organisers would like to thank the many marshalls and volunteers along with the Louth County Council staff for their efforts to make the event possible and a huge success with a special word of thanks to Colm Fergus for his assistance on the night. Thanks also to An Gardaí and Order of Malta for ensuring a safe journey for all competitors.

McCluskey wins Tara 5K Race

Brian McCluskey. PICTURE: IN THE PICTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Brian McCluskey rounded off a very good week by winning the Tara 5km on Friday night in a time of 16.10 mins and he also recorded a double victory on Sunday in the Rossin Rovers 5km and the John Mitchels GFC 6km Road Race.

The next event for North East Runners athletes is this Saturday when the Ardee 5km Road Race takes place at 12pm which incorporates the Louth Masters Road Championships for ages 35+ as well as team categories.

The Dromiskin/St Peter’s Athletic Club 5km takes place the following weekend along with the Dundalk Half and Full Marathon the following day around Ravensdale.

Training times for North East Runners is on Tuesdays at 6.15pm from St Helena’s Park and Thursdays from 6.15pm at DkIT sports fields.

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