St. Coca’s AC 5k 2021 (25th June)
Welcome return to live road racing
After a very long time away because of the public health restrictions required due to the Covid pandemic, live road racing made an eagerly awaited return on Friday evening 25th June when the St. Coca’s AC 5k was held in Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Despite clashing with the National Senior T&F Championships taking place over the week-end, the demand for places was very high and the 200 places were snapped up within minutes of the event opening for entries. Among the lucky entrants was a number of Mullingar athletes delighted to be making a return to proper road racing.
The Kilcock course has a reputation as a fast one, and this was confirmed as after a fiercely contested race, the winner was Evan Fitzgerald (Clonmel AC) in 14:53, Mick Fogarty (Ferbane AC) second in 14:59, and Neil Wiktorski (Bray Runners) third in 15:02. The women’s race was won by Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) in 15:53, ahead of Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin) second in 17:05 and Noreen Brouder (Sportsworld) third in 17:09. Best of the Mullingar group was Andrew Nevin (16:14), followed in by Alan Crowley (16:40), Eddie Newman (17:03) 3rd in his master category, Sinead Whitelaw (18:00), Michelle Bohan (19:07) and Amy Mahony (19:42).