John McGough 1 Mile Race Great Success

A crowd of just under 200 people turned up to compete in the John McGough 1 Mile Race, which was hosted by Blackhill Emeralds GFC on Friday evening 4th May.  The event was added to by the presence of John McGough’s relatives who had travelled from Scotland and Belfast to officiate at both the race and the opening of the John McGough running track, which is on the perimeter of the playing field.

The Mile race which was coordinated and organised by the Author of the Runner McGough book Tommy McGuire was staged on a mile route on the Tattygar road and the finish line located in the Blackhill Football Club grounds.  Donna Mullins a great grandniece of John McGough, who had travelled over from Scotland with her Father Gerard Mullin officiated at the Mile race and spoke of her delight to have made her first ever visit to Castleblayney.

In addition Geraldine Jamison a grandniece of John McGough travelled from Belfast at the invitation of Blackhill Emeralds GFC to perform the official opening of their new running track.  Geraldine’s visit to Castleblayney also included visits to both Scoil Mhuire na mBuachailli and Scoil na gCailini, in which she displayed John’s Silver Olympic Medal, which he won in Athens in 1906 in the 1,500 meters.

In the winning performances on the evening Blayney Rockets athlete Alan Clarke was the fastest on the day and his superb running of a 5.04 minute mile seen him receive the overall John McGough Mile Race award.  Armagh athlete Gareth Kelly was second fastest on a run of 5.17.  Blackhill Emeralds player Anthony Courtney clocked a time of 5.18, while local Fine Gael Councillor Aidan Campbell was a fast finisher on 5.22.                Alan Clarke, Blayney Rockets fastest runner home on the evening on a time of 5min 4sec

In the women’s section the youthful and local athlete Hazel Hughes claimed the overall female athlete award on a time of 5.36, while her running mate at Shercock Athletic Club and also a young local athlete Edel Murphy was 2nd overall female in a time of 5.56.  Lynsey Kelly was in on an impressive time of 6.10 to claim the third overall women’s prize.Local girl Hazel Hughes, Shercock AC first female home on a time of 5min 36sec

The races were preceded by a special John McGough Mile Race competition, which was competed for by teams of four from both Blackhill GFC and Castleblayney Faughs.  A special cup was donated by the host club for the winning team.  On the night the Blackhill lads proved too strong for the Faughs team and were led home by Anthony Courtney.

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