The presentation of prizes for the Track-Attack Twin Peaks Series will be held on Monday 13th of March and it could be a real Family Affair when the eventual victors go to climb the podium steps.
In group 1, Michael O’Brien is coming good just as we enter the final stages and his showing of fine form has put him in real contention to claim the title as he has closed the gap considerable between himself and the top 2 namely John Vahey and Noel Kennedy. It could well be a father and son double as the highly talented Cillian is also within touching distance of the overall lead in group 17 but in order to jump that last hurdle in pole position, he will have to gun down the very much in form Cathal O’Brien and that won’t be easy as the Templederry athlete has been in superb form in recent weeks.
The O’Meara trio are also in with a great chance of laying claim to the overall titles in their various groups. The hugely consistent Kathleen is leading the way in group 3 but will have to work hard over the final 2 scoring rounds to hold off the best efforts of Donal Ryan. Kathleen’s daughter Sinead is the star pupil in group 2 to date but a top class run from Tom Stapleton last week have guaranteed that the battle is not won yet. Daughter number 2 Aoife is also well in contention to claim a top spot and is currently holding down second spot in group 30.
The aforementioned Donal Ryan is within 10 points of the lead in group 3 and he’ll have to keep the pressure on if he doesn’t want to be outdone by his wife Noreen who is the current table topper in group 10. No pressure!!!!!
Will we have a mother and son bringing titles back to Templederry? In group 5 Eithne Kennedy is currently sitting in second spot and will 2 huge performances to overtake John Slattery for the title. Her son Cillian is driving hard for the group 24 title and is the firm favourite at this stage but he will still need to keep the pressure on his closest rivals.
We could well have a trio of sisters claiming titles with Fantane’s Treacy sisters all in an excellent position to make one final drive for glory. Carol is the current front-runner in group 12, Margaret is having a ding-dong battle with Noreen Ryan in group 10 while Noreen is now sitting in the long grass in group 6 poised to make one final lunge for victory.
Trish Ryan has been the silent mover in recent weeks and now sits in an excellent second position in group 10. The highly consistent athlete is within 4 points of the lead in a highly competitive group. Her sons James and Donncha are also in excellent positions to climb the final night podium. James have been showing his undoubted potential in recent weeks shaving huge chunks off his times and now sit looking down on his rivals In group 28. Donncha is second in group 24 and with hard work over the final 2 outings, he could well close that gap to the summit.
We could well have 2 more husband and wife winning combinations when the final victors are announced. John Joe and Frances Maher have fought their way to second spot in groups 9 and 11 respectfully while in groups 12 and 21, Seb Marchand and his wife Karen are also sitting in second spot waiting to make one final burst for glory.
Olivia Murphy is within one point of the group 13 lead while her daughter Miriam is also second from top in group 8. Both are highly competitive performers so a title double is well on the cards.
Brothers Jody and Paul Boyle are overseeing proceedings in groups 14 and 19 respectfully while Jody’s nearest challenger Paddy Kennedy is only 2 points in arrears and he’ll be gunning for top spot where he could well be joined by his daughter Martina who sits only 3 points behind Celia Dwan In group 20.
The Kennedy duo of Joe and Cathal are the current leaders of groups 22 and 27 respectfully and will be hoping for a father and son duo. In another family connection, Maura Carey now sits in pole position in group 16.
Can the Groome mother and daughter duo of Siobhan and Daniel make one last leap for victory? Both sit in second position in groups 15 and 27 so all is to play for over the final rounds.