There was finally a touch of spring in the air as the Civil Service ladies (and a smattering of men!) descended en masse on Dunboyne. It’s a popular race with the club and it’s easy to see why – flat route, great support and the promise of some silverware.
It’s a fast course with the first mile taking runners downhill into the village, past Dunboyne Castle and out onto the main road, before turning back towards the village again. It’s hard not to get carried away in the first mile, but this can come back to bite you as many of us learned the hard way in previous years. Runners are taken through the village three times, something which adds to the appeal of Dunboyne as the locals really come out in force to cheer on runners. Who doesn’t run faster with an audience?!
Club hopes were high this year as our leading lady Ashley was taking part and hoping to continue her incredible run of form. But a dreaded dose of the lurgy meant that, with just 24 hours to go, Ashley might not make it to the start line. But our Ashley is made of tough stuff and she lined up at 3pm ready to give it her all. And that she did. It looked like she was going to take second position but a photo finish with Fiona Kehoe from Kilmore AC put her in third place. Ashley finished in a PB time of 22:17, just 12 seconds behind the overall winner Ide Nic Dhomhnaill of Donore Harriers. Fantastic running Ashley!
But the good news didn’t end there. As we were stuffing our faces with tea and buns news came through that the ladies team had come first in the club competition. A great day for the parish!
The men also took some of the spoils with Paul Cowhie and Tom Turner topping their age categories and Christy Smith in third place in his. Great running guys.
Well done to all of the 24 club members who took part. Full results are available here.
Club members were also in action further afield. Our men’s A team were out in force in the Mallow 10 mile. Eoin Devlin was first of the group home and finished in 16th place overall. Great running from Eoin. There were lots of PBs to be had and the gang were last spotted doing their cooldown in various water stations around Limerick.
Last, but definitely not least, Keith Farrell, John Murphy, Andrea Doyle and Michelle Furlong survived the notoriously hilly Wicklow half marathon. Well done guys!
What a start to road race season. Onwards and upwards from here.