Good news: Three of our four teams won medals two silver and one bronze (first three finishers cumulative times count, individual finishing times below), and we had three individual category medallists. As noted earlier Seamus Gaughan won gold M60, Tom Waldron gold M70 by 14 seconds – he just keeps going, and ever reliable Angela O’Connor – a silver W45. There were other good individual performances from Paula Prendergast 10th Senior Women, Brendan Gill 9th M35 and Pauline Moran who was just edged out of W55 medal in 4th place.
Men 35+ were 3rd of 16 teams: 1:54:16 – Brendan Gill, Anto Devanney, Micheal McNeela;
Women 35+ finished 2nd of 16 teams : Angela O’Connor, Chris Gallagher, Breege Blehein 2:08:38;
Women 50+were 2nd: Pauline Moran, Mary Walsh, Bernie McHugh 2:32:01; delighted to see Bernie get a medal – yet another Fit4Life success story!
our 50+ mens’s team were 4th Seamus Gaughan, Danny Greene, Jim Donnelly.
Well done all! Individual category results are not yet published, and hopes are high that we will add to the team tally.
Results published aai-results
Our 21 runners in the Phoenix Park faced tough conditions as a gusty wind swept over the country and swirling showers added to the task . Linda Byrne of DSD won the Woodie’s DIY National 10k title in a time of 34:25. On a blustery day that made a tough course even tougher, she was followed home by Raheny’s Elish Kelly and Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley. Stephen Scullion won the men’s title in 30:18.
Ethiopia’s Kenenise Bekele (nearly a minute down on his 2012 victory) and Britain’s Lauren Haworth won the men and women’s invitational races. Our Dublin based Geesala native Seamus Gaughan M60 ran a great race and unofficial results show him in gold medal position in his category, as he was in 2012. He finished in 39:09, one second ahead of the great track record holder Joe Gough (West Waterford) , with Pat O’Shea (Iveragh AC) third and Martin McEvilly (GCH) 4th. The credentials of those he beat surely emphasises the status of his brilliant victory. Seamus and Joe had a ding-dong battle all the way, exchanging places frequently from the 2k mark onwards and right to the line. There were other excellent performances in the conditions, book-ended from AnnMarie Staunton in her first championship race to our M70 man Tom Waldron. Bernie McHugh also ran her first championship race in our W50 team, Henry Hughes flew in from London underlining his commitment and our first finisher Brendan Gill was 94th overall in a field of 6200. Paula Prendergast was our first woman over the line and knocked three and a half minutes off her 2012 time. Roger Barrett (Ballina AC) finished well up in the senior men’s race and Tooreen’s Sean Dooner M80 completed another milestone in his amazing career.
Ann Marie Staunton 47:04, Paula Prendergast 39:34
Angela O’Connor 41:32, Chris Gallagher 42:58, Mary Moylett 55:59, Breege Blehein 44:08, Ann Murray 50:16
Mary Walshe 52:00, Pauline Moran 46:35, Bernie McHugh 53:26
Henry Hughes 37:27, Brendan Hession 38:23
Christy O’Malley 49:05, Michael McNeela 40:58, Brendan Gill 35:51, Anto Devaney 37:27
Seamus Gaughan 39:14, Tom Waldron 64:30, Danny Greene 43:13, John Timothy 56:28, Jim Donnelly 56:28