Sprinting into Festivity: DDAC's Waterwipes Drogheda Christmas 5K Triumph

December 18, 2023

With the Drogheda Christmas 5k in the books, we spoke to Simon Gregory of Drogheda and District Athletic Club about the success of the event, and he provided us with a report from the day. 

'The last fortnight in the world of Drogheda and District AC unfolded with an unusual calm, but excitement and anticipation surged as months of meticulous planning came to fruition at the Waterwipes Drogheda Christmas 5K. Unfolding on a sunlit Sunday morning, the weather was mild, dispelling any worries of frosty roads and ushering in the eager anticipation of an exceptional day of running. The race saw an impressive turnout of over 650 participants, setting a historic attendance record attributed to its reputation as a flat PB course. Elite runners from various locales added to the competitive vibe, crafting an exhilarating atmosphere that resonated with the festive reception orchestrated by the remarkable volunteers of DDAC.

'The Waterwipes Drogheda Christmas 5K commenced with a lap around the Lourdes Stadium track, traversing through Boyle O'Reilly Terrace and ascending the Ballymakenny Road, providing a speedy downhill stretch en route to Listoke House. The race then executed a 180-degree turn, guiding participants back to the stadium for a triumphant finish on the track.

'Cathal Doyle of Clonliffe Harriers AC stole the spotlight, establishing a course record with a remarkable time of 14:16. Cathal secured an early lead, maintaining a nearly 30-second advantage over Mitchell Byrne of Rathfarnham AC, who completed the race in 14:43. Kieran Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC, a former course record holder and two-time winner, also crossed the finish line at 14:43.

'Among the women, Carla Sweeney of Rathfarnham AC clinched victory in 17 minutes flat, closely pursued by Catherine O'Connor of East Down AC in 17:11 and Becky Woods in 17:21.

'DDAC showcased a robust presence with 55 participants. Christopher Keenan spearheaded the group, securing fifth place overall with a time of 15:32, followed by Rodney Thornton in 16:31 and Brian Martin in 16:38. Yasmin Canning, who devoted numerous hours to the race organizing committee, emerged as the first DDAC lady home, finishing with a commendable time of 20:13. Mary Kinsella and Aine Carroll closely followed with times of 23:11 and 23:14, respectively.

'Noteworthy performances from DDAC also included Johnny Breen in 17:18, Kieran McGrath in 17:46, Michael Walker in 20:54, Jennifer Gregory in 23:54, Nuala Reilly in 24:27, Sinead McGuinness in 29 minutes flat, Siobhan Johnston in 31:24, and Tony Hartwick in 37:57.

'The race committee extends heartfelt gratitude to all DDAC volunteers and participating athletics clubs, recognizing their pivotal role in the consistent success of the event. Their steadfast support and dedication contribute significantly to the festive ambiance that has become synonymous with the Waterwipes Drogheda Christmas 5K.'

Big thank you to Simon for the above report!

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