18 June 2022

L-R: Cathal McLaughlin, Adrian Boyle, Jim Green, David Stewart, Mark Quigley and Ben Mellon

DTC snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the 2nd annual 6 x1600m track relay against our friends at Tafelta AC (Magherafelt).

Jim Green showed maturity beyond his 17 years to bring DTC home in the lead at the end of the first leg. David Stewart went out hard on leg two but paid the price as Tafelta took a significant lead by the one-third mark of the contest.

Despite both Mark Quigley and Cathal McLaughlin making solid contributions over the next two legs, Tafelta still maintained a healthy advantage.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man and Ben Mellon was that man, contributing the first sub-5 minute clocking to put Adrian Boyle within striking distance at the final changeover.

The former Irish Masters’ 800m champion showed all of his expertise as he quickly closed the gap before sitting in wait at his rival’s shoulder. The laps ticked away without any change before Boyle unleashed a vicious kick with 120m to run.

It was all over with Boyle breaking the tape well clear of his opponent and registering the fastest split of the relay.

Thanks to Francis Purvis and all at Tafelta for an enjoyable morning despite the cold and breezy conditions.