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Mick Beggan Memorial

Bohermeen, March 23, 2003

Gleeson denies O'Loughlin in Bohermeen

By Shane Stokes,

Vincent Gleeson of the West Clare team denied Irish professional David O'Loughlin his fourth straight win of the season when he slipped clear inside the final mile of the Mick Beggan Memorial in Bohermeen yesterday. Gleeson, O'Loughlin, Philip Cassidy, Conor Murphy and Phil Finegan had forged ahead from a ten man group on the last lap, paving the way for Gleeson's successful move.

The attacks had begun from the start of the 70 mile event, with a serious break of 9 riders - Gleeson, Murphy, Stephen O'Sullivan, Paul Doyle, Aidan Crowley, Keith Gallagher, Shane Baker, Fintan McCormack and John Lally - combining to open up a 45 second lead by the end of the third lap. This prompted a fierce chase from behind, led by O'Loughlin, Paul Healion and Paddy Moriarty, and the break eventually was reeled in. Two laps later Cassidy and Murphy went clear, opening up a 20 second lead over a group of 8 chasers, but this slight advantage was negated 5 miles later when a group of ten formed up front. On the final lap this group split in half, paving the way for Gleeson's successful triumph over O'Loughlin, Cassidy, Murphy and Finegan.

Sean Bracken made it two wins in a row when he took out the senior 2 race, crossing the line ahead of Paul Mulligan (North Monaghan CC) and Dave Rawlins (Usher IRC).

Results, 70 miles

1 Vincent Gleeson (West Clare CC)           2.47.15
2 D. O'Loughlin (Ofoto Lombardia Sport)
3 P. Cassidy (Cycleways Lee Strand)
4 C. Murphy (North Monaghan CC)
5 P. Finegan (Cycleways Lee Strand)
Senior 2
1 Sean Bracken (Usher IRC)
2 P. Mulligan (North Monaghan CC)
3 D. Rawlins (Usher IRC)
Senior 3/junior/veterans
1 Thomas Duggan (Bray Wheelers)
2 S. Mulvany (Stamullen M. Donnelly RC)
3 M. Nestor (Shannonside CC)  
1 Debbie Booth (East Antrim Audi)
2 L. Moriarty (Les Jeunes)
3 M. Reilly (Bohermeen) 
U12: Peter Williams (Orchard Wheelers CC)
U14: Aaron Henry (Usher IRC)
U16: Brian Henning (Newry Wheelers CC)

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