Last Sunday saw the Castleblayney Faughs hold their annual Mc Mahon Supervalu 5K race which finished on Mc Grath Road outside Supervalu, on what was a glorious winters morning, conditions were near perfect with no wind or rain for the large crowd of 550 Runners .This year the Faughs Club introduce an Under 14 run which covered a 2 K distance, this race attracted over 100 children who spirited from the start line at the Glencarn Hotel out the Monaghan Road before turning at Castlecool to come back into town, the winner of this race was Eoin Sheridan from Monaghan Phoenix in 7.04 he was quickly followed by Odhran Smith and Eoghan McEneaney from the Carrick Aces , the first female finisher was Yasmin O Leary from Oriel running club who came in at 7.53.
When it got down to the serious stuff of the Adult Race, there was no hanging about as Brian Mc Cluskey from the North East Runners made up for his disappointment of coming second in 2015 to win this year’s race in 16.12 followed by Colm Mc Guirch and Shane Brady in third, the Fastest Faughs Person this year yet again went to the outgoing Chairperson Stephen Dignam in 17.53, who got home in front of Mark Kelly and Stephen brother Niall. The first female to cross the line was Laura Matthews from North East Runners who was also runner up in the female race last year, Laura covered the course in 19.20, and she was followed by Donna Evans in 19.34 and Donna Mone 19.41.
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 the Marathon Trainer and former Irish International Athlete Gary O Hanlon
O Hanlon was the Clubs special guest speaker on the day was blown away with the event remarking that “I have been amazed at what I have seen today, the community spirit generated by the Castleblayney Faughs at such an event is a great example of what GAA clubs can do within their communities, the under 14 races is a great idea , the fact that there was over a hundred children involved was a big achievement . I go to lots of different runs around the country but to see the great sense of happiness , achievement and fun all mixed together in one race is truly unique. I would like to congratulation everybody who took part in such a great day”
When asked about the whole event a clearly delighted Operation TransFaughsmation leader Tom Miller replied “This year was an unbelievable year for everyone involved, you can see the improvements that people have made in their fitness and also in their general lifestyle , the main aim for the guys at the start of the Operation TransFaughsmation programme was to be able to run/walk Castleblayney 5K , we have seen everyone achieved that goal today , we are proud of the every one of them”. The Fastest Faugh for 2016 and outgoing Senior Chairperson Stephen Dignam was cleared delighted “It was another great day for the Club, it would do you the world of good just watching this event the under 14 race was a new dimension on the day and proved to be a great addition, we put a lot of effort into the both Operation TransFaughsmation and the run and thankfully everybody has left with a positive impression of both our Club and our town”
Next year race date will Sunday the 26th of November 2016, I recommend that you put the date in your Diary; it really is a great occasion. Well done to all.