While we wait on publication of the finishing times in Claremorris 5k, here’s some member’s results from weekend events where heat, humidity and in one case human error made racing conditions tough for many.
Well done to Ambrose Gaughan who took part in the Tri a Tri at Athy. It was the shortest of four triathlon events held on Saturday. He had great race, 8th overall of 193 finishers and first over 45. The Tri a Tri is 250 metre river swim, 20k cycle and 3.8k run.
John Walkin and Declan Owens competed as guests in the Leinster u23/Senior/Masters T&F in Tullamore on Sunday. John finished first in the M35 100m in 12.52. He’s delighted with that after a huge disappointment in the National Indoors in Athlone in March where he had a hamstring injury. John is now looking forward to the Nationals Outdoors in August where he recognises he will have to up the performance. Declan Owens ran 12.39 in his heat of the Senior 100m.
On Monday afternoon the VHi Women’s 10k took place in Dublin. Colette Tuohy was the first of our three runners home. She had a rare oul battle with old rival and former race winner Annette Kealy over the final 3k, before overtaking her in the final 600 metres for 18th place in 39:25- 11 seconds ahead – and first over 45. Paula Prendergast was next in 41:23, and Pauline Moran ran 44:35, second W55 in probably her final race in that category. Well done to all three.
Also on Monday we had three runners in the Cork City Marathon. Tom Jennings M50, John Geraghty M45 and last year’s women’s Cork City Half winner Norah Newcombe, who all made the trip south for the 9am start. Tom finished in 3:38.29 (1:41.09/1:57.20). He ran 3:33.59 last year. John had run PBs for 10k and Half Marathon recently and was looking to improve on his Belfast Marathon 2014 PB 3:48.13. He did get a new PB – just over a minute better in 3:47.10 (1:44.45/2:02.25). Congratulations to Norah who finished second in the Half in 85:54. She was twenty-six seconds behind winner Aoife Cooke (Youghal AC) who is coached by her aunt the great Mary Sweeney – first W55 in the marathon 3:19.38. Well done on a great effort by all three. The Half Marathon (53 euro) runners went off course shortly after the start. At the finish line they had run an extra half mile – 13.6 mile PBs for all.
Finally, a reminder of information sent out earlier. The National Half Marathon will take place on Sunday August 7, 2016 in Dublin