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Glaslough Duathlon 2017

The third annual Duathlon, begun by the Late Kieran McAree to raise awareness of mental health issues, was held in Glaslough on Sunday, November 5th starting at 1.00pm. The main emphasis for this duathlon is that it is for fun and enjoyment and winning is secondary. This concept seems to have caught on as the numbers this year exceeded all previous occasions. There were four sections - Junior, Team, Ladies and Men. Sign-on was held in the Oakland Recreation Centre and the start and finish line was at the entrance to the Centre. Before the off Sean McCaffrey, MC for the event, called on Martin McAree, Kieran's father, for a few words. Martin thanked all for their participation and highlighted the hope that there would be more awareness of mental health issues. He reminded all that the main aspect of the event should be enjoyment and wished all an enjoyable and safe journey. He thanked all the stewards and marshals, the Red Cross, Peadar Treanor  (Outrider) and Oakland Recreation Centre for their help and support. He then held a 'Minutes Silence' in memory of the Late Alice McKenna, RIP, mother of Peter who provides the Timing Clock and assistance with the running of the duathlon, and wished Patsy, Peter's father, a speedy recovery. Sean McCaffrey congratulated Glaslough on achieving a Gold Medal in this year's Entente Florale competition and hoped that everyone would take in all the beauty around Glaslough. He then called on Florence, representing SOSAD who were the beneficiaries of the event, and she thanked the McAree family and all the participants for their support for the SOSAD organisation. It offers help to those suffering from depression and other mental ailments and supports them and their families. Peter McKenna was then asked to give a run down on the route and regulations for the event, which he did and then asked all to assemble at the Starting line and when they were ready Sean McCaffrey gave the count down and off they went. Some ran the 2.5k and then handed over to a cyclist to complete the 20k cycle route and then take the baton back to complete another 2.5k. These were in the team section. Individuals did the run, the cycle and completed the course for which there were prizes for the first three males and females home. When all had returned home there was a feast of refreshments in the Centre and the winners were announced and prizes presented. Marion Boyle presented the Junior prizes to James McKinney (1st) and Eoin McKenna (2nd). Caroline McAree presented the Team Awards to Mark Skeath and Anthony O’Brien (1st) and Francie McKenna and Liam Smith (2nd). The Ladies Awards were presented by Aine Boyle to Eimear O’Brien, Muckno, (1st), Aoibhinn Bartley, Lakelands CC (2nd) and Sharon McKenna, Emyvale CC (3rd). Eoin McAree presented the top male awards as follows: Cillian Heary, (1st); John Whelan, (2nd) and Dessie Duffy, (3rd). Geraldine and Martin McAree then made a presentation of the proceeds to Florence from SOSAD. So ended a wonderful event on a beautiful day with plenty of camaraderie, socialising and friendships formed and strengthened. It was trully a community event and one that will assist SOSAD in its work.