Ian O’Riordan set the scene for the Belfast Marathon in his athletics column in Saturday’s Irish Times
“… the 39th staging of their marathon is getting underway this Sunday on what is effectively the fourth attempt – and the first mass participation sporting event north or south of the border since the pandemic. It has a more modest field of 5,600 runners, plus another 1,500 for the team relay, and for better or for worse is a reminder of what might have been in Dublin later this month.
Belfast, by the way, is also doubling as the Irish National Marathon Championship, which had been staged in some shape or form every year since 1924, except for last year. Since 2003, it’s been staged as part of the Dublin Marathon, and after that was postponed, nothing happened.
This time Athletics Ireland have essentially pawned it off to Belfast, making 100 male and 100 female entries available for championship purposes (along with those already entered and registered with a club). True to recent form they’ve done zero promotion, the one running event where popularity continues the soar. Maybe they just don’t have the legs for it anymore.”
Irish National Marathon Championship winners today were:
Men Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrock AC 2:20.42
Women: Fionnuala Ross 2:43.43
Our one runner in Belfast was Andrew Hayes who has been training hard for the event with a sub 3 focus. He was very close to that target with 3:04.19 (c) 3:04.32 (f) finish time. Well done!
Also finishing near Andrew was Michael Canty Ballina AC 3:04.26.
St Barry’s GAA club Tarmonbarry hosted their annual road races on Sunday. Over the years they have been popular with Mayo AC and others as a pre Dublin Marathon workout on the first or second Sunday in October. The 8k, half-marathon, and 3/4 marathon offer excellent choices to Connacht runners who don’t need (or want) to cross the Shannon!
Colin Clancy was our only member competing. He finished the 3/4 marathon in an excellent 4th place in 2:23.12. Well done Colin. Race won in 2:13.59 by Gary Gleeson.
Barry Sheil Longford AC won the Half in 74:31.
Enniscrone O’Dubhda Half and full marathon was also on today. After his half marathon pb in Mullingar last week Martin Fitzmaurice took on a more challenging course in Enniscrone finishing in 1:52.44 – just 2 seconds outside last week’s pb. Also finishing there was John Geraghty in 1:55.07 Well done both. Results:
Sunday October 3 Grange 10k, hosted by North Sligo AC.
Winner Feidhlim McGowan North Sligo AC 32:27, first woman Eavan McLoughlin Sligo AC 35:32.
Well done to our two members: Johnny Cribbin 41:44 1st o/50 by 4 seconds, and Breege Cribbin 54:11.
Scotland: Loch Ness marathon: described as “a point to point predominantly downhill course” – starting near southern end of the loch between Fort Augustus and Foyers dropping down to the shoreline of the loch to the finish at the northern end nr Inverness – obviously popular with pb chasers. Well done two members who took the high road to Scotland – Tom Jennings coming home in 3:32.45 (halfway 1:40.32) and Stephen Skillington in 3:55.11 (halfway in 1:42.43).