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Latest Laois Sport: Oughaval AC shines at Laois Athletics Novice Road Race
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Latest Laois Sport: Oughaval AC shines at Laois Athletics Novice Road Race

Oughaval AC have great morning at Laois Athletics Novice Road Race.

Vicarstown was a “sea of yellow” on Sunday morning as local athletic club, Oughaval AC, hosted the Novice Road Race. Not only did Oughaval AC host the event, they provided a huge proportion of the participants too. With Individual and Team Medals up for grabs, there was some super running.

Deirdre Miller, Rachel Scully and Catherine Stapleton. Credit: Alannah Foley Photographer

First up, before the main event was the weekly Junior Park Run. 69 youngsters turned up on a windy course, a huge number. Riley Connolly led home the field, in a time of 7:06, and he is closing in on the magical sub 7 mins for this 2k course. Aine O’Loughlin, a first timer, led home the girls in 8:16, and we expect to see a lot more of Aine in the coming months.

John Boland smiles for the camera. Credit: Alannah Foley Photographer

The Novice Races also took place on the Barrow Blueway path, by kind permission of Waterways Ireland. In the Novice Ladies 3k race, St Abbans were dominant, with the first three places, and also winning the team, with their B team finishing 2nd ahead of the host club Oughaval. Oughaval AC women Rachel Scully, Catherine Stapleton, Hilary Treacy and Deirdre Miller worked hard into a strong wind to set themselves up for a good finish, and claim the bronze medals.

Antoinette Fenlon Carroll, daughter Annabelle and husband Joe

Oughaval AC’s B team of Frances Lalor, Edel Carth, Antoinette Fenlon Carroll, Trish Duncan and Erin Thomas finished 5th, not too far behind Portlaoise in 4th. The men’s race, over 6km, proved very competitive. Heading out into a stiff breeze, the Oughaval lads kept close to the front. 

Oughaval AC – a sea of yellow !!!!!

Close to the halfway turnaround point, Derek Bracken of St. Michaels made a break, closely followed by Oisin Jago of Oughaval. With the wind in their backs after the turnaround, there was no catching them. A tight group of Tom Kenny, Tom Kelly  and PJ Leonard ( St Abbans) fought it out with Richard and Daniel McLoughlin and Kristina Redmond of Oughaval AC.

Oughaval AC – 2024 Novice Road Race Champions
Daniel McLoughlin, Kristian Redmond, Richard McLoughlin and Oisin Jago

Oughaval, the defending champions were under severe pressure right to the end, but held on to the title from St Abbans, with just 3 points to spare, with St Michaels in third place. Oughaval’s B team of Shane Holohan, Brian Hogan, Paddy Mcloughlin and Cormac Deegan were right up there, and there was very little in it in the end, finishing 4th team, just ahead of Portlaoise AC in 5th. Oughaval had huge numbers in this race, fielding no less than 5 teams of four in this field of 40 runners.

Deirdre and James Miller enjoying a well earned cuppa afterwards