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National Road Relay 2014

The sky was blue, the air was crisp and the sun was shining gloriously in Raheny this afternoon for one of the most enjoyable fixtures on the racing calendar, the national road relays. No running distance, or field event for that matter, has the history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile. The Mile, like the 100 meters and the marathon is a classic distance to test one’s fitness against.
Today the club had 3 teams entered, a Senior Women, Senior Men and Masters Men. The teams had great support on the day from club members.

First up were the 3 masters men at 2.30. Paul O’Connell (1 mile), Damien Kelly (2 mile) and Eanna Cunane (1 mile) each ran strong legs to bring the team home 21:07. Our 3 ladies took off at 3PM Ciara Foster (1 mile), Mary Finn (2 mile) and Shona Keane (1 mile). The team finished in 24:01. To close out the afternoon the senior men Paul Duffy (2 mile), Gareth Murran (1 mile), Gavin Finley (3 mile) and newcomer Adam French (1 mile). The team came home in 41:51.

With a strong wind on one side of the course all teams did well amd gave 100% to finish strongly. Although the event isn’t chip timed rough times are available on the AAI website. For anyone who has yet to run a mile race I would advise you to give it a go over the summer at one of the Dublin graded events. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath then you’ll be successful, that’s how the mile is ran.

Thanks to Shona for the photos.


National 12K 2013

Gavin Finlay decided to enter a men’s team for the National Cross Country Championships on Sunday March 2nd, that’s what we told ourselves in Damians packed car as we headed, in the rain, down the M1. There were some interesting conversations in the car which I can’t go into but it eventually ended up on the subject of the 12km cross country on ground which we all knew was going to be bad.

We were greeted at the course by the bouncer stopping people who hadn’t paid €10 from coming in. He was 70 and I’m sure he wouldn’t of caught us but I think the AAI have to work on their marketing skills.

It has to be said there was a very poor turnout in spectators and running participants. Dundalk is a pretty central location and there were some real top runners to watch but something the last few years hasn’t worked and I hope the AAI can change something next year to get the numbers back up.

Although there was only 27 in the women’s senior race it was the best and closest championship I have seen for a long time. There was a 3 way battle for the entire 4 laps with Maria McCambridge (3rd), Michelle McGee (2nd) and Sarah McCormack fighting until the last 300m when McCormack denied Michelle McGee a fairy tale first season.

Onto the men’s race, 6 x 2000m laps with 3 or 4 small hills per lap making you change pace and tire you out that little bit each lap. The ground was ankle deep muck for large sections and a lot slipper in the corners than last week’s Dunboyne race. There was a great battle up front between Mick Clohisey and Gary Thornton with the Raheny runner wining in the end.

Gavin Finlay had a brilliant run in his first National cross country and the men’s team got deserved bronze medals in category B for a hard fought 12km slog.

Myself, Eanna and Gavin all had to dump our shredded, disintegrating, abused spikes on the way home but I think the men’s team is not ready for the scrap heap just yet especially with the national road relays and national 10Km just around the corner.


Raheny 5 Mile 2014 Results

24 23 21 2373 FINLAY GAVIN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:26:55 00:26:51
26 25 23 397 DUFFY PAUL SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:27:01 00:26:58
111 104 84 789 O’ CONNELL PAUL SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:29:34 00:29:28
140 132 105 1110 CHATTERTON KARL SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:29:59 00:29:49
146 138 110 2324 MAGEE SADANAND SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:30:06 00:30:01
154 145 115 1318 CURRAN KEVIN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:30:15 00:30:08
174 164 11 1804 BYRNE JOE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M45 00:30:31 00:30:23
180 170 24 1170 PRIVAT OLIVIER SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M40 00:30:35 00:30:29
223 208 17 1269 BROWNE JIM SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M45 00:31:23 00:31:13
234 217 35 2264 MC CAUL DENIS SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M40 00:31:39 00:31:34
51 21 5 2012 MORGAN RACHAEL SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F40 00:31:52 00:31:33
263 22 16 1600 BRADY AOIFE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:32:04 00:31:52
268 245 12 213 TOBIN NOEL SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M50 00:32:10 00:32:04
303 277 183 619 DONEGAN SEAN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:32:43 00:32:17
306 279 24 2307 GILLEN ANTHONY SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M45 00:32:46 00:32:29
354 322 28 302 WILLOUGHBY STEPHEN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M45 00:33:35 00:33:25
423 382 237 278 MAHON FRANCIS SPORTSWORLD AC IRL MU40 00:34:19 00:33:59
448 48 33 2165 BAMBRICK CATHERINE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:34:35 00:34:16
488 56 12 2163 WALSH EILEEN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F40 00:35:13 00:34:53
509 61 13 1559 DELANEY ANNA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F40 00:35:28 00:35:09
513 63 4 2150 HIGGINS ANN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F45 00:35:30 00:35:12
535 68 45 2219 BYRNE KAREN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:35:52 00:35:10
572 495 10 170 MC MORROW ENDA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M55 00:36:19 00:36:00
689 107 67 1982 FITZMAURICE PATRICIA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:37:32 00:37:13
740 122 77 1481 BRADY CRONA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:37:59 00:37:46
757 128 27 1052 IRWIN-GOWRAN SANDRA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F40 00:38:09 00:37:57
824 685 16 171 MC MORROW KILLIAN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M55 00:38:46 00:38:21
829 142 89 234 HEAVEY DEIRDRE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:38:48 00:37:48
860 153 7 1540 MELODY AILEEN SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F50 00:39:10 00:38:46
896 164 14 428 GILMORE CATHERINE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F45 00:39:28 00:39:04
964 193 39 334 BYRNE MADELEINE SPORTSWORLD AC IRL F40 00:39:59 00:39:35
1009 801 20 1213 KENNY CONOR SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M55 00:40:26 00:39:55
1016 805 3 2212 LLOYD TREVOR SPORTSWORLD AC IRL M65 00:40:35 00:40:01
1208 275 172 279 DOOLEY PAULA SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:42:22 00:41:40
1756 585 343 2290 NAGLE AUDREY SPORTSWORLD AC IRL FU40 00:47:56 00:46:26

 


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