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Curtain comes down on Laois Athletics Road Race series as Sweeney and Hunter take gold

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The sun was shining in Portarlington for the final event in this year’s road series which was hosted by St Michael’s Athletics Club on Sunday.

The juvenile development races got the atmosphere going with some fantastic running in all categories.

The masters and junior ladies were the first of the main events to start with Lisa Sweeney (St Michael’s) taking it on from the start for a comfortable win from sisters Sharon Grant second (Portlaoise AC) and Paula Grant third (Portlaoise AC) overall and in the over 35 category.

In the over 45 category Olivia Sheeran (St Michael’s) lead them home from Anna Duggan (Portlaoise AC) and Margo Dowling (St Abban’s) taking the next individual places, Ursula O’Malley (Portlaoise AC) lead home the ladies in the new over 55 category with Marie Fleming (St Abban’s) and Colette Brennan (St Abban’s) filling the last two individual spots.

The junior ladies was won by Amy Walsh (Portlaoise AC), Emily O’Neill (Emo-Rath), Charlie Walsh (Portlaoise AC) taking the last two individual places.

The masters and junior men were last to go running 6km, Stephen Hunter (St Abban’s) was quick out of the traps and would never be caught taking individual gold over 35 from Cyril Cuddy (Portlaoise AC) second and Colin Coyne (St Abban’s) taking third over 35.

Colm Burke (St Abban’s) had a fantastic running finishing fourth overall and first over 45 with Mark Hackett (St Michael’s) and Derek Coogan (St Michael’s) taking the last two over 45 places.

The two new categories in the master men’s race were the over 55 and over 65 and it brought a few old faces back to this event. Mick Cullen (St Michael’s) was the first over 55 home from Bill Deveraux (St Michael’s) and Pat Harding (St Abban’s) was first over 65 home from Dinny Whelan also St Abban’s.

The junior mens was won comfortably by Adam Holden (Mountmellick AC) who had a fantastic running placing second overall, Fionn Marum (Portlaoise AC) second and TJ Burke (St Abban’s) taking the last individual spots.