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    Terenure 5 mile and Tullamore 5k, May 13 2018

    The CSH men were out in force on Sunday May 13 to race in the Terenure 5 mile. This annual race typically attracts a strong field so we sent 10 of our best to take it on.

    No surprise to hear that Eoin Devlin was first of our men home, finishing in a blistering 26:34 and 11th overall. Well done Eoin. Great running also from Bernard Duggan who finished in 27:43. Eanna Kavanagh continued his good run of form with a time of 28:25. Club newcomer Brian Walls was next home in an impressive 29:18. Well done Brian, we’ll keep you! He was then followed by Jason Reilly in 29:40.

    Photo Credit: Irish Runner Magazine

    It was a threeway sprint for the finish for Paul O’Neill, Martin Prunty and Patrick O’Reilly, but Paul claimed bragging rights finishing in 29:58. Martin snuck in under the 30 minute minute mark and Patrick finished bang on 30 minutes. Gareth Horgan also had a good run to finish in 30:32. Sean Ryan’s finish time of 31:38 left him second-placed O55. Well done Sean!

    Photo Credit: Irish Runner Magazine

    The team consisting of Eoin, Bernard, Eanna and Brian were 4th placed men’s team overall. A really good showing considering the depth of field out there. Well done guys!

    Further afield Ashley Ryan was picking up medals yet again. Ashley was second lady home in the Tullamore 5k, finishing in 17:17 and beating her not-even-a-week-old 5k PB. She’s some woman!

    Next race on the calendar is the PB-friendly Dunshaughlin 10k on June 23rd at 7.30pm. Sure what else would you be doing on Saturday evening in June!

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    Tallaght AC 5k and Dublin Novice Championships 2018

    A team of 17 CSH’ers lined up on Sunday May 6 to race the Tallaght AC 5k, which also incorporates the Dublin Novice championships. It was the sunniest weekend of the year so far but we all managed to resist the lure of BBQs and beers on a bank holiday Saturday to line up well-hydrated and lathered in factor 50.

    Despite being touted as a flat course, a climb around two-thirds of the way into the race hit many of us hard. That combined with the heat meant that most of us resembled Steve Staunton in USA ’94 by the time we made it onto the finishing track. Despite the tough conditions, the club recorded some great results.

    The unstoppable Ashley Ryan was the first of our ladies home. Her PB time of 17:22 awarded her second place overall but placed her first in the Dublin Novice Championships. Well done Ashley! Grainne Butler also had a great run, finishing in bang on 20 minutes and first O50. Great running also from Brid Ryan who narrowly missed out on 3rd novice place with her finishing time of 20:22. Gemma Treacy was next home in a PB time of 21:00, followed by myself in 21:18, Mairead O’Shaughnessy in 21:36 and Maria Mellsopp in 22:23.

    The ladies team consisting of Ashley, Grainne and Brid was first-placed team. Well done girls! A broken printer (?) meant that we had to wait to find out the winner of the Novice team. That was later confirmed to be CSH again, this time the team was Ashley, Brid, Gemma and myself. Confused? Yeah, me too. But regardless, what great results. G’wan the girls!

    Our men’s team also recorded some great times. Eoin Devlin flew home in 16:18, placing him 9th overall. Well done Eoin. He was followed by Bernard Duggan in another great time of 16:34. Eanna Kavanagh had a great race finishing in 17:06. Next were Patrick Coyle in 18:04, Patrick O’Reilly (18:05), Martin Prunty (18:18), Colm Brady (18:21), Paul O’Neill (18:57), Sean Ryan (19:33) and Vincent O’Neill (20:09). Well done guys!

    Belated congratulations also to Keith Farrell, Caroline Fallon, Michelle Furlong, Ashleigh Irvine and Eppie Jones who took part in the Wexford half marathon last week. Special shout-out to Keith for smashing his PB and going well under 1:40!

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    National 10k Race Report April 2018

    Last weekend brought us the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park. It also incorporates the National 10k so there are typically some big names in the field. It’s not a course for the faint-hearted, taking in such delights as the S-bends, Glen road and a climb out of the Furry Glen before a finish into the wind up Furze road. Lovely.

    27 CSHers lined up on a wet Sunday to race. Must have been all that talk of fresh scones. Or pints.

    The ladies race was up first and, as usual, hopes were riding high for Ashley “The Rocket” Ryan, who has been smashing PBs and taking podium finishes left, right, and center. Looking right at home among the pack of leading ladies, Ashley cruised home in an impressive 36:54 leaving her 8th overall and 4th SenW. Fantastic running as usual from Ashley and how inspiring to see the club shirt among the elite athletes.

    There were strong performances also from Siobhan O’Carroll who finished in 42:26 (8th F40), followed by the ever-solid Brid Ryan in 42:57. This put the ladies team in 6th position overall. Well done girls!

    Marie O’Connell finished in 46:40, and Sally Lynch, Fiona Fagan, Maria Mellsop and Maria Pozo all came in under 49 minutes. Well done also to Sonia Carey, Maria Norris, Emma Brannigan, Theresa Cullivan, Louise O’Dwyer, Andrea Doyle, Denise Williams and Sinead McNamara. Great running ladies on a tough day for racing.

    The men’s race was up next with Patrick Coyle first home in 35:53.  A great run from Podge on a tough course. Next home was Gareth Horgan who was looking for his first sub-40 10k. He made it look easy by finishing in 38:49. Who said this wasn’t a PB course?!

    Sean Ryan finished in 38:57 placing him 4th M55. Great running from Sean. Paul O’Neill also came in under the 40 minute mark, finishing in 39:05. Keith Farrell took a breather from his half-marathon tour to finish in 42:41, another massive PB! Next home was Marius Crisan in 47:39. Great runs also from Brian Boland, Sunil Singh, Declan Gavin, Maurice McCartney and David Byrne.

    Next race on the calendar is the Tallaght 5k. Entries available here. It’ll seem easy after that race!

    Ashley Ryan 36:54
    Siobhan Carroll 42:36
    Brid Ryan 42:57
    Marie O’Connell 46:40
    Sally Lynch 48:02
    Fiona Fagan 48:13
    Maria Mellsop 48:14
    Maria Pozo 48:22
    Sonia Carey 50:06
    Marie Norris 51:04
    Emma Brannigan 53:38
    Theresa Cullivan 55:09
    Louise O’Dwyer 55:51
    Andrea Doyle 55:23
    Denise Williams 56:51
    Sinead McNamara 57:31

    Patrick Coyle 35:53
    Gareth Horgan 38:49
    Sean Ryan 38:57
    Paul O’Neill 39:05
    Keith Farrell 42:41
    Marius Crisan 47:39
    Brian Boland 49:01
    Sunil Singh 49:58
    Declan Gavin 50:25
    Maurice McCartney 56:37
    David Byrne 59:15

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