Mallow 10 mile 2019

By Orla Cox

Our men’s A team had unfinished business down in Mallow and this year 10 of them took the trip down south to tackle the Mallow AC 10 mile. Four of us women also fancied a cut off it – and what we lacked in numbers, we made up for in years ;-).

The race starts on the narrow main street in Mallow Town centre. The atmosphere was great, lots of top class runners up front and plenty of local clubs represented. Rumour had it that this was a “good” course with potential for a PB. But as we turned off the main street and started climbing, and then continued to climb for most of the first two miles…I thought I’d been sold a pup!

But then we turned onto the main Cork road and things started looking up. I normally hate routes that take you along a dual carriageway but I got into a nice group and it was downhill and all of a sudden I was back on track. I arrived at the halfway mark feeling pretty good.

After that it got a bit more challenging. The roads were fairly undulating – nothing too unmanageable but felt like I was working a bit harder. Had to focus on picking off people ahead of me. Thankfully the last mile is (mostly) downhill and there’s a nice incline down to the finish line.

After that it was back to the hall for a cold shower, some tea and sandwiches and the obligatory post-mortem. Thankfully it was good news all round with lots of PBs smashed. Four of the lads came in under 60 minutes which is just an incredible result. It wasn’t all down to the course – the hard work and training obviously paid off.

Eoin Devlin finished in sixth place overall with an amazing time of 52:45. This was over 3 minutes faster than last year. Well done to Eoin on another fantastic run. Jason Reilly continued his excellent run of form with a huge PB time of 55:50. Brian Walls easily broke 60 minutes in his 10 mile debut, finishing in 59:02. Patrick O’Reilly also broke 60 minutes and finished in a PB time of 59:34.

Eanna Kavanagh was next home in 1:01:15, followed by Paul O’Neill in 1:01:27 and Bernard Duggan in 1:01:44. Next was Gareth Horgan in 1:02:09, Eoin Kealy in 1:03:07 and Padraig McCarron in 1:05:49. Absolutely amazing running from the guys. Well done to everyone.

Siobhan Carroll was first woman home from the club, finishing 10th overall in a time of 1:07:57. Excellent running as usual from Siobhan. I was next in 1:13:21 and a PB. It was great to see Susan Waterstone and Riitta Kansanniva back racing together again and already picking up prizes! Susan finished in 1:18:09, placing her third in her age category. Riitta wasn’t far behind in 1:18:44 and second in her age category. Excellent running ladies!

The good news continued when we learnt later that we had picked up the mixed team prize. That softened the blow of Eoin narrowly missing out on a prize!

BHAA K Club 10K

Closer to home, a number of club members headed to the salubrious surroundings of the K Club for the BHAA 10K race. I bet they had warm showers….

Patrick Coyle was first club member home in a time 35:27. Well done Podge. Andrew Davies was next home in 40:10, followed by Vincent O’Neill in 40:28. Vinny was also first in his age category. Well done Vinny! Emily Ennis was next in 50:34, with Joe Delaney not far behind in 51:17. Great running guys.

Wicklow Half Marathon

Well done to Keith Farrell who completed the Wicklow Half Marathon in a time of 1:42:03.

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