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Raheny set for another road relay festival

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Road racing festival in Raheny

All roads lead to Raheny once more for the vibrant Irish Life Health National Road Relays on Sunday (April 23rd).

Leevale women and Raheny Shamrock men will be bidding to retain the senior titles on the race card which begins at 2pm with the Masters’ women 4 mile relay. The format is 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile for the masters’ women, masters’ men and senior women.  

The route follows a one lap system which sees the athletes covering slightly over distance and the Sli Cualann W35 team will be back to try and retain their title with host club Raheny Shamrock bidding to keep the W50 title on home concrete.

It will be more of the same in the men’s masters’ races at 2:30pm with Raheny Shamrock aspiring to win on the double once more in the M35 and M50 age groups.  

Then it’s down to the seniors at 3pm with more big battles in store. Leevale’s women have been a powerhouse in recent years with Lizzie Lee having been the backbone of many of their teams. Lee won’t be on the line this year but should still have plenty of strength and depth with the likes of Michelle Finn in their ranks.

There should be good competition with the likes of UCD, Clonliffe Harries, Letterkenny, Crusaders, North Down, Donore Harriers and Dunboyne on the entry list.

Raheny Shamrock’s men have been a dominant force in the senior men’s 8 mile relay which takes the format of 2 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile and 2 mile legs. The 3 mile leg proves to be where the winning of the relay lies but Raheny will be without strong man Mick Clohisey who runs in the London Marathon on the same day. The team still has strength with the two Dooney brothers, Conor and Kevin, Mark Kirwan and Kieran Kelly.

Ennis Track have been a rising force and should be in contention along with DSD and Kilkenny City Harriers.

Click HERE for the full entry list. 

For race instructions and check in etc visit Raheny Shamrock's website HERE

Race programme

2:00pm – Masters Women

2:30pm – Masters Men

3:00pm – Senior Women

3:30pm – Senior Men

Race formats

Masters Women, Men and Senior Women:

Leg 1 – 1 Lap

Leg 2 – 2 Laps

Leg 3 – 1 Lap

Senior Men:

Leg 1 – 2 Laps

Leg 2 – 1 Lap

Leg 3 – 3 Laps

Leg 4 – 2 Laps

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