Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dublin, Dingle & Tara

The penultimate round of the captain’s series ensured a significant turnout of green vests in neighbouring Skryne for the Tara AC 5k. On a perfect evening and on a course most suitably described as lumpy there was some notable racing from Duleek AC athletes. Niall Doyle put an injury ravaged 2016 well and truly behind him to clock his best performance of the year and a time of 22.05. Greg Dixon has been very consistent over recent months and was first home for the club in just over 19 minutes. Graham Byrne converted some hard training into an excellent racing performance finishing in 23 mins. Two of the clubs newcomers this year both recorded big personal bests with Elizabeth Lee finishing in just under 25 minutes with Karen Creed marginally over the 25 minute marker. Lorna Fields was another who clocked a big personal best over the short distance with an impressive 26 minutes. It is a case of all roads leading to Ratoath as the Ratoath AC 5k is the final race in the series and another big turnout is guaranteed. The ongoing race attendances are testament to the spade work that is being done behind the scenes by club captains Orla Crosby and Alan McKeown.

Just over 12 hours later the Phoenix Park was the venue for the latest instalment of the Dublin race series.  The Frank Duffy 10 mile race increases in popularity each year with the entire race taking place amongst the picturesque surrounds of the Phoenix Park. It serves as both an intermediate goal and temperature check for athletes building up to the Dublin marathon and as a competitive standalone race in its own right. Lisa Chambard is well and truly on course for the Dublin marathon with a strong 1 hour 30 minute performance. Celena Tierney ran a strong race in tough and humid conditions for running with a 1 hour 48 minute time. It was previously that there were two certainties in life, death and taxation. It seems the racing habits of Sandra Cassin and Anne Hamilton can be added as a third certainty as each weekend, without fail, both athletes can be found taking part in a race somewhere within the Leinster region and donning the green vests. With a tough and hilly Frank Duffy 10 mile behind them both ladies showed no sign of fatigue as they made light of a 24 hour turnaround to complete an equally challenging Rossin Rovers 5k the following day.

The seaside town of Dingle, Co Kerry provided a picturesque backdrop for its annual half marathon event.  With breath taking scenery and no time to stop to say hello to Fungy Susan Gleeson ran a very strong race coming in at 2 hours and 9 minutes. Earlier on the same day in nearby Ardee Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin were once again to the fore in the Seamus Weldon 5k. Run in hot conditions and over a very undulating but interesting course, both athletes clocked great times.

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