Ray Somers took a long overdue maiden win on a scenic 5k route in Brooklodge yesterday. In a time of 18.04 Ray had a narrow 2 second victory over Paul Gately with Fergal Walsh a further 16 seconds behind in third.
Tomasz Kadzielawski narrowly missed out on a podium finish with an 18.41 whilst John Langan & Michael Duane also ran sub 19 to finish within the top ten.
The committee of the 'Run in the Woods' would like to thank everyone for their support in what was another very enjoyable day out. Many thanks to Vaughans for hosting us in the lounge for registration and refreshments. Thank you to Garda Mick McDermot for his assistance and guidance on the day. To Mick & all the crew at Coilte for allowing us to use this fabulous location. On the day we had numerous stewards who helped ensure things ran smoothly and to all of you a big thank you.
Mairead Sullivan collected another podium finish for herself today in Mayo as she finished 3rd in the Clonbur Half Marathon. On a very hilly course & in tough weather conditions Mairead posted a 1.42.56. Considering she had run a 5.5 mile warm up it gives an indication that she could be due a nice PB in Dublin come October.
Ray Somers & Philip Magnier were also racing today in Clonbur with Ray finishing fifth with a 1.24.42 & Philip a 1.47.41 to claim first Vets prize.
We had nine members racing in the marathon & half marathon which was held in Craughwell yesterday (Saturday). Dave Noone was our first representative home in the marathon & finished with a time of 3.18.16. Aiming for a 3.15 Dave reckons his hydration plan let him down early on (It's good to know that even people who run over 120 miles non stop can get their race nutrition wrong occaisionally too).
Mick Rice made a successful return to his beloved long distance racing yesterday in the Longford marathon, finishing in 11th with a 2.55.01. It has been nearly two long years since Mick last lined up at the start line of a marathon & he is clearly getting back to where he wants to be.
As always the club were huge supporters of the Streets with a huge 70 members taking part last Saturday (9 August 2014).
Top of the list was Ray Somers who ran a 27.55 for a new PB & 23rd position overall. He was followed exactly a minute later by Mick Rice who is clearly back on form after his troubles last year. We had six members dipping under the 30 minutes with Jane Ann Healy, Gearoid Rohan, David Meehan & Tomasz Kadzielawski also seeing 29.** for the first time whilst Drew Davison narrowly missed out for the second successive race with a 30.20.
Congratulations are due to the ever youthful Martin Keane as provisional results place him third in the 70 - 74 category in the National Half Marathon which was held in Dublin last Monday. Martin finished in a time of 2.05.10, just three & a half minutes off second place. Amazingly 1st place in the age group, Christy McGonagle, City of Derry, posted a fantastic 1.37.35.