Live races are starting to make a steady return on the calendar. Most are being held under continuing pandemic conditions.
This mornings’s Ratoath Half was one of these – “no spectators, No pacer due to restriction on number allowed, no post race refreshments (goodie bag instead).”
The Ratoath event was for those infamous ‘early risers’ – 8.30am start – which meant that Mayo AC’s Andy Neary was probably on the road before dawn.
According to the Ratoath AC organisers the startline was at “the entrance to Fairyhouse Race Course then… onto the flat roads of County Meath showcasing a Fast, Flat & PB focused course for participants while finishing with one lap of Fairyhouse race course and then a sprint finish …. in front of the Iconic Fairyhouse Grandstand”.
So yet another fast, flat course!
Well done Andy Neary who finished in 1:35.43, 90th place overall. He’s added quite a bit of speedwork this summer clocking good 5k times in the East Mayo AC and Swinford AC series. In Foxford the other night his dash to the line got him home in just under 20 minutes. He says “today was a tough day,… a good course and well organised.” According to another Ratoath runner who also ran the recent Larne half marathon, the Ratoath course was better and two minutes faster.
The Ratoath winner was Colin Maher (Ballyfin AC) in 70.17, and first woman across the line was Rachel Birt (Killygarry RC) in 80:37.
After Fairyhouse next week’s real run in the park is the Castlegar AC Open Cross Country on another racecourse – Galway Ballybrit.
Entry closes September 14.
Entry to adult’s races is for those “born 1900 – 2005” which just about covers most categories!
Otherwise some may have got an entry in the Clew Bay Half which apparently is sold out