The annual Seamus Kennedy was started in terrible conditions with heavy rain the order of the day. The poor conditions did not deter the riders with a good turnout on the start line considering the poor weather. The A3/Junior race consisted of 4 laps of a 20km circuit on a fast flat loop with one drag at Ash Hill. A few early attacks were all reeled in but a move with 5 or 6 riders did slip up the road on lap 1 and a further 2 riders joined this move to make a total of 8 riders up front. In this move was our own Martin McNamara a great asset to any break. The bunch either tired from all the early chasing or not sensing the danger took the foot off the gas and the move was gone never to been seen for the day. The bunch never really committed to chasing the break rather chased any rider who tried to bridge and then sat up. Meanwhile up the road the break of 8 got down to business and worked out a gap of nearly 3mins at one point. Aaron Cullen attacked hard on Ash Hill on the second last lap and tried to bridge to the break but was reabsorbed the bunch crossing the start finish line. The lead of the break tumbled on the final lap due to a combination of the bunch realising the race was gone and the break starting to look at each other. Martin attacked hard out of the break with about 3km to go but was brought back 1km before the line. It was too little too late from the bunch with the original move of 8 riders holding on to the finish and taking all the top places. Congrats to Martin who took 8th on the day and earned his upgrade to A2, also to his his breakaway companions on a fine ride in terrible conditions.