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Gold and silver for Finn Valley and Letterkenny AC

Tom Comack

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Gold and silver for Finn Valley and Letterkenny AC

Finn Valley Masters Ladies Catriona Devine, Teresa Doherty and Marie Harper with their coach Mark Connolly

Finn Valley AC Masters Ladies and Letterkenny AC Masters men were among the medals at the National Road Relay Championships, in Raheny in Dublin on Sunday.
It was a case of double success for Finn Valley ladies. The team of Teresa Doherty, Catriona Devine and Marie Harvey won the Masters Over-35s race.
Teresa Doherty posted a really solid two mile performance having taken the baton from Catriona Devine with Marie Harper sealing the victory ahead of Newbridge.
And the team of Kay Byrne Noreen Martin and Mary Hippsley got up for silver medals in the Over-50s race behind the host club Raheny.
A strong Letterkenny Masters Men’s team comprising Raymond Birch, Karol Duggan and Ciaran Doherty, came second in the 35-49 category.
They were deprived of gold by only a fraction of a second.
Club Captain Birch, got the team off to a storming start after his first mile leg and handed over to Karol Duggan in 5th place.
At the end of Duggan's two mile leg, they were in fourth place.
Ciaran Doherty ran a superlative race over the final mile and, in a scintillating finish, came within a second of the Donore Harriers' runner.
Finn Valley Masters Men had to be happy with a sixth place in the Masters Men race.