Drumlish Men Win in Knockatallon

Posted: November 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

Monaghan Motor Club hosted the first Navigation Trial since February 2020. Christopher McMahon and Emmet McCooey took on the responsibility of running the event and duly laid out a challenging 75 mile route in the North Monaghan area. It turned out to be the Drumlish duo of Colin Duffy & Sam Johnston who showed the locals the way to win on a total of 39 penalties.

38 crews made the trip to the Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon including a strong entry of Cork crews as the event was the opening round of the National Navigation Championship. The opening sections were fairly straightforward with the main challenge being heavy fog at the top of Bragan Mountain. By TP8 crews moved through a plot & bash section in the Esh forest resulting in most crews dropping time. By CB, it was very close between a number of crews at the top, Semi-Experts Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor led on a tie from Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan and Emmet Sherry/David McCrudden. More time was lost between TP13-TP15 which featured a tulip diagram as did a new lane into TP18 with many crews being caught for time. TP20 was also a new lane on tulip and by the last few timepoints in the Knockatallon forests, most crews were approaching their maximum lateness. Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston were 1 of only two crews to make TP27 and although they were over lateness by TP28, they had done enough to take the honours. Indeed, they were thankful after needing a tow out early on after slipping off the road in the fog.

Pakie Duffy/Evin Hughes finished 2nd five penalties in arrears having also made it to TP27 to make it a 1-2 for the Duffy family. Derek Mackarel/Conor Boylan skipped TP27 to get TP28 and that got them 3rd overall on 46 penalties. 4th overall was Emmet Sherry/David McCrudden in their Starlet with Semi-Expert class winners Michael Carbin/Conor Mohan 5th overall.

2nd Semi-Experts were Bob Graham/Ryan Treanor with Francis McElvaney/Danny McKenna 3rd. Novice class honours went to Damien & Keith Sheridan from Eoghan Corr/Shane Maguire and Aiden Keenan/Sean Marron. Beginners class was taken by Ballinode brothers Shane & Paul Maguire. Conor Maguire & son Ciaran Maguire took 2nd with Damien Treanor/Jack McKenna in 3rd.

Overall it was a very successful and well run event with plenty of new lanes and tricks to catch the crews. Christopher thanked all the residents and landowers along the route whose support is vital to the continuation of the sport. He also thanked all the marshals who stood out to man the timepoints. With the first event in the rear view mirror some crews are planning to head to Cork for Skibbereen Motor Club’s Carbery Navigation Trial while the next Monaghan event is scheduled for January 15th.

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