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    Frank Duffy 10 Mile and More

    The second race in the SSE Airtricity Race Series took place last Sunday out in Swords. The Frank Duffy 10 mile is our official club race and for the first time was moved out of the Phoenix Park. While many of our club members were involved in volunteering on the day, there were a handful of people racing.

    First lady home was Maria Mellsop in a time of 1:21:09. Well done Maria. Great running also from Marie Norris who finished in 1:24:42. Keith’s marathon plan obviously working well for Marie – that was a four minute improvement over a similar race in July.

    Gareth Horgan was the first of our men home in 1:04:42. Great running from Gar. Hope the blisters have cleared up! Not far behind was Sean Ryan in 1:05:32, placing him second in his age category. Well done Sean.

    Tony Garvin survived the heat to finish in 1:13:59. Niall Heylin, another of Keith’s marathon protegees, was making his racing debut for the club and finished in an impressive 1:14:10. Niall was followed by Brian Boland in 1:17:07. Maurice Kennelly, running on home turf, finished in 1:28:58. He was followed by Alan Julian in 1:38:06. Well done guys.

    Well done to Brid and the rest of the volunteers for what was by all accounts a really well run and enjoyable race.

    Further afield, congratulations to Siobhan Carroll who finished in second place in the Longford Half Marathon in a time of 1:31:29. Fantastic running from Siobhan.

    Congratulations also to Patrick Coyle who was ninth overall in the Celbridge AC 5k, in a PB-equalling 16:37. Podge was followed by Mark Carroll who finished in 19:43 and Donal Lyons in 20:10. Great running guys.

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    Athboy 5k and Rock and Roll Half Marathon and 10k

    Streets of Athboy 5k

    Congratulations to Brid Ryan and Nick Devery who achieved some blistering times in the Streets of Athboy 5k last Friday.

    Brid finished in 19:35, seventh female overall and second in her age category. Nick came home in 19:31, third in his age category. Fantastic running guys!

    Rock n Roll Half Marathon and 10K

    Rock n Roll Half Marathon Elevation

    This has been a target race for those of us training for the marathon. Given the course profile there weren’t going to be too many PBs but would be a good way of seeing our progression and testing paces. Keith had us in great shape from all of the sessions around the high hills and Kyber (not to mention the ab crunches!) so we were ready to tackle those hills.

    So, the course. Yes, it’s hilly, and we knew that going into it but it’s one thing looking at a course map, another actually running it. The race started in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. There were a few minutes delay while we waited for roads to clear and were treated to a few motivational words from Kevin “Zinedine” Kilbane. The first couple of miles are fast as you come down James St and Thomas St before turning down by Christchurch and onto the quays. Handy for banking a bit of time because by god you’ll need it.

    The fun started at mile 6 when we hit the infamous Knockmaroon Hill. Yes, it’s steep, but as they say in running circles “it’s a hill, get over it.” I had been dreading this hill all through the first 5 miles but when we actually reached it I didn’t find it all too bad. The steep bit is reasonably short and the legs were still fresh at that stage. The climbing continued for a good mile up Tower road.

    There was a bit of respite when we turned into Castleknock College. I kind of relaxed a bit at this point thinking the hard work was done. There was a nice meander down the Strawberry Beds until the hellscape of the hill at the Anglers Rest appeared. 10 miles of hard running took its toll here – it was like a scene from Saving Private Ryan! Then it was back down Knockmaroon hill which is so steep that all of your energy is spent trying to stay upright. My thighs were screaming out for mercy at that point.

    There was more fun still to come with the climb out of the underpass on Laurence’s road at mile 12. I have never heard so many expletives during a race. It was a case of head down, pump the arms and get through it. I got a final surge of speed as we passed by Kilmainham Gaol (was it for this etc), before entering grounds of the Royal Hospital and the sweet release of the finish line.

    Despite the challenge of the course there were some great times:

    Brian Walls     1:25:23
    Tony Garvin     1:36:48
    Orla Cox     1:45:11
    Kevin Laide    1:45:25
    Alan Julian    1:46:34
    Brian Boland    1:46:40
    Maria Pozo    1:47:37
    Paul Pugh    1:48:35
    John Meagher    1:49:38
    Sally Lynch    1:53:10
    Marie Norris    1:59:27
    Stephen Downey    2:11:01

    Special mention has to be given to Stephen Downey. This was a warm-up for 4 half marathons in 4 days, a challenge he’s starting this Thursday for charity. Well done Stephen.

    Congratulations also to Noel Ryan who ran in the Rock n Roll 10K. His time of 39:48 placed him 7th overall. Well done Noel!

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    July 2018 Race Round Up

    The club has been busy with the 2 mile league over the past few weeks but in between we’ve had a number of club members taking part in a variety of races.

    First up was the Irish Runner 10 mile which took place in the Phoenix Park on a very warm Saturday. First club member home was Marie O’Connell in an impressive 1:17:54, placing her 9th in her category. Marathon training is obviously paying dividends for Marie. John Meagher wasn’t far behind in 1:18:56, followed by another great run from Marie Norris who finished in 1:28:40. As we know all too well, it’s impossible to do 10 miles in the Phoenix Park without hitting some hills, so great performances from the guys in very warm conditions.

    The Liberty 4 mile race took place on a balmy evening last week. We had a good showing from the club for this race which starts and ends in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, and twists and turns through the heart of old Dublin. First home was Bernard Duggan in 22:15, placing him 6th overall. Great running from Bernard! Biting at his heels was Patrick Coyle – masquerading as Collie – who finished in 22:17. Well done Podge. Jason Reilly also had another great run, finishing in 22:55. Jason was followed by Sean Ryan in a time of 24:19. Well done Sean.

    First lady home was Gemma Treacy who’s improving with each race. Gemma’s PB time of 26:18 placed her 4th overall, a measly 2 seconds behind the 3rd place finisher. Fantastic running from Gemma. Sally-Ann Lynch was next home in 29:17, followed by Emily Ennis in 31:59. Great running ladies!

    Photo Credit: Gearóid Ó Laoi


    Finally we had the inaugural South Dublin 10k in Clondalkin last Sunday. While most of us were stewarding, we had a handful of club members running. Congratulations again to Patrick Coyle who finished 7th in his category with a time of 35:51. Was great to see Podge at the top of the field with the elites! Next home was Tony Garvin in 43:27, followed by Sunil Singh in 48:36 and Brian Boland in 50:11. Well done guys.

    Well done to everyone who’s been racing in the 2 mile league. Some great performances but I think everyone will be glad to see the back of Lord’s Walk! John is busy collating the results and we’ll have a report up here in the coming weeks.

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