At the start (screenshot)
Charleville International Half Marathon September 13. Organised by North Cork AC and billed as ‘the flattest and fastest course in Ireland’. They also say ‘other races promote themselves as being ‘fast‘ only for runners to turn up and find plenty of hills and drags’.
Likewise Saturday’s redesigned Antrim Coast Half Marathon course promised to be one of the flattest and fastest in the UK & Ireland. Event organiser James McElroy said in mid race commentary “like all inclines this one has a decline”.
The great Tommy Hughes (Termoneeny Running Club) broke the world half marathon M60 record in the Antrim race with a magnificent 71:09 finish.
Mass participation in this year’s Charleville event was cancelled. So this year’s field was made up of elite runners.
In preparation for Charleville Mayo AC’s Norah Newcombe had a good speed session workout last Sunday in the National Outdoors Masters where Championships she won silver W40. Ciara Hickey (Brothers Pearse AC) who won gold finished 8th in the women’s half in Antrim in 76:25.
Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) won in 65:10, Jake O’Regan (St John’s) was second 65:40 (a Mayo AC 5k series winner) with Hugh Armstrong (Ballina AC) third 66:31. Paddy O’Toole (Westport AC) finished in 74:43.
Well done to Norah Newcombe who finished 7th woman overall and 3rd W40 in 82:24 – a great run in the conditions.
She says “We had a very strong head wind coming back into Charleville from the half way point.
It’s a good course and I was hoping to run close or under 80 mins. Got to halfway in 40:04, and then wind.
I was running alone for the entire race from 2 miles, so that was tough.”
There were 73 finishers listed including 11 women.
Antrim Coast Half results: