Darragh Greene lands 2017 Castleblayney 5K

Darragh Greene scorched to the 2017 McMahons Supervalu Castleblayney 5K, leading 750 runners home.

County Louth man Greene, who races for the Dunleer club didn’t hang about with a fast time always going to be required.

Showing his intentions, Greene set out early in a led group of six out the Monaghan Road making a break for home at the three kilometres stage of the race.

Greene extended his lead over the final two kilometres to open up a gap of 45 seconds from Irish International steeplechaser Thomas Cotter.

Greene winning out in 15:21 just outside the course record of 15:19 recorded in 2013 by Patrick Hamilton. Shane Tonner from the Glenmore Club in Louth was third.

Dona Mone from Monaghan Town Runners was first woman home in 18:41 with Stephanie Byrne second in 19:07 with Blayney Rockets own Nicola Flanagan third in 19:18.

The race which is now one of the best races in the North East, was packed with 35 clubs represented on the day as well as a host of other sporting groups.

The Under 14 race started proceedings at 1pm which saw these young athletes cover a two kilometre distance, this race attracted over 200 children

Odhran Hamilton from Armagh AC was first home, with local lads Jake Mc Donnell and Luke Sanderson just piping Hazel Hughes to a place on the podium.

After the race all participants and supporters attended a packed Glencarn Hotel were the staff supplied free Tea, Coffee and sandwiches to all.

The audience was entertained as Stephen Dignam held a question and answers session with Irish Paralympic cyclist Eve Mc Crystal.

They covered a wide range of topics from winning unprecedented Gold and Silver medals as guide for partially sighted cyclist, Georgie Dunleavey at the Rio Paralympics to the winning of the World Championships in South Africa in 2017 and how she manages this intensive training schedule with her work and her biggest commitment of been a mother of two children.