The final round of the 2011 Mullingar Harriers league took place over a five kilometre course in the grounds of Belvedere House last Wednesday evening. The weather conditions were more akin to mid winter than mid summer but they did not deter over 500 runners from throughout the midlands from fishing out the four race series. The final race was also a test for the runners powers of recovery as it was 24 hours after the fast and flat Na Fianna 5km in Johnstownbridge, which was bound to cause some fatigue. Prizes were awarded on the basis of the best aggregate time/placing in 3 out of 4 runs. In the W50 class Marian Buckley went one better than last season by taking the top prize in her age group. In the M55 grade new club member Sean Sheehy continued his progress from the early season with third place in his age group.
Overall the four race series attracted great turnouts form our club this year. Many of the new members who joined our meet and train group last autumn made great progress with their race times over the course of the four race series. The fact that the same route was used each week challenged all participants to give it their best to improve. The Trim results from round 4 were Andrew Linsley,17.59;Enda Markey,18.38;Declan Swords,19.06;John Doyle,19.07;John Canning,20.09;Sean Sheehy,20.20;Martin Brogan,20.86;Paul Smith,21.45;Laura Cotter,22.00;Claire Smith,22.13;Ciaran Tobin,22.15;Brian Cully,22.21;Marian Buckley,24.01;Trish Duffy,24.21;Carrie Brogan,24.26;Robert Tobin,24.40;Heather Carty,25.448;Paula Hegarty,25.54;Mary Carr,26.48;Justina Rigney,27.08;Maria Brogan,27.37;Valerie Malone,28.07.