The annual club 2 mile league will start next Tuesday July 3 and will run for 4 weeks. Runners will have to predict their times on the first night and then their 3 best times will be counted. This means that you’ll have to run on at least 3 of the 4 weeks to score.
The league is about measuring individual improvement, not overall times, so the fastest runners may not necessarily win. It’s good fun and a great way of pushing yourself. Hope to see a good crowd out for the next 4 Tuesdays!
One of the sunniest Saturdays of the year saw a crowd of CSH masochists head out to Dunshaughlin to run in their annual 10K race. The race is known for being flat and fast with many in the club having achieved their PBs here. It also attracts some big names in Irish athletics. There was definitely a different feel to this race – this was no fun run!
It was a hot evening so warm-ups were kept to the mininum. The race starts about one kilometer from the village. It’s a nice wide start so it’s easy to get away in one piece. You have the joy of passing by a pub and groups of pint-swilling locals as you come into the village, then it’s a left turn out into the country roads. The first 5K is pretty much flat with some downhill sections. The first climb is a short hill around the 6km mark and then there’s a straight drag between kilometers 7 and 8 which, combined with the heat, produced a few casualties on the night.
But the heat wasn’t an issue for our top runners with PBs galore for our men. Eoin Devlin was first home in 33:14, placing him 22nd overall. A great performance as usual from Eoin. Next up was Podge Coyle with a new PB time of 34:22. Well done Podge! Eanna Kavanagh continued his great run of form with another PB of 34:34. Brian Walls smashed his PB by 2 minutes, coming home in 36:08. Patrick O’Reilly also joined the PB club with 36:47. There was nothing between Jason Reilly and Paul O’Neill, both finishing in 36:54. Next home was Andrew Moore in 37:28. Despite some confusion about where the finish line was, Gareth Horgan smashed his PB, finishing in 37:32.
Noel Ryan was next home in a time of 40:05, followed by Thomas Geoghegan in bang on 42 minutes. Vincent O’Neill’s time of 42:02 earned him third place in his age category. Well done Vinny! Great running also from Keith Farrell to finish in a new PB time of 42:16. Owen Percy then came home in 48:23.
The men’s team of Eoin, Podge, Eanna and Brian were 9th overall. A great showing in such a competitive field.
Siobhan Carroll was first woman home in 41:07, placing her second in her age category. Great running from Siobhan. I was next in 44:46, followed by Karen Birney in a PB time of 47:19 and Emily Ennis in 49:28. The women’s team consisting of Siobhan, myself and Karen placed 6th in the team competition. Not bad going considering the small contingent of women we had on the day.
All in all a great day’s running in Dunshaughlin. I think we’ll be back.
We also had some club runners competing in the Irish Runner 5 mile in the Phoenix Park. Congratulations to Grainne Butler who finished second in her age category with a time of 33:17. Marie O’Connell was next woman home, finishing in 38:04, followed by Marie Norris in 41:05 and Margaret Maloney in 53:20.
Eoin Kealy finished in 31:04 and Sean Ryan’s time of 31:25 earned him second place in his age category. Well done Sean.
The club was out in force in yesterday’s Castleknock 5km. Race headquarters are the salubrious surrounds of Castleknock college and the route itself covers familiar ground. It has a fast start heading down Tower road, then into the park, onto Ordnance survey road, through Farmleigh and then back up Tower road before finishing in the grounds of Castleknock college.
First CSHer home was Ashley Ryan in 18:02 placing her second lady overall. A fantastic result considering she’s been battling some niggles of late. Well done Ashley – you’re doing something right when you’re second only to Catherina McKiernan!
Second lady home was Gemma Treacy in a fantastic time of 20:37, smashing her PB. Her consistent training is obviously paying dividends. Gemma was followed by Emily Ennis in 24:24, Mella O’Neill in 25:37, Sinead McNamara in 28:21 and Emer O’Keefe in 29:18. Well done ladies, some great running.
Our men were also represented with Gareth Horgan first home in 18:33. Great running from Gareth. Next home was club newcomer William Beausang in 19:58. Well done William. Nick Devery finished in 20:37. Brian Corr was next in 25:03, followed by John Murphy in 25:49. Well done gents!
Brian and Sinead used the opportunity to lobby our taoiseach.
Judging by his time I think Leo could do with a few rounds of the polo grounds!
Given the good reports from everyone racing yesterday it sounds like the race may become and annual event for the club. Special thanks to our roving reporter Sinead for the photos!
Good luck to everyone racing in Dunshaughlin next week. Registration is still open for anybody interested.
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