A big well done to Tom Lupton on his international debut at the Snowdon International mountain race and he performed admirably with a 48th place finish. I am sure there is plenty more of these type of events to come from Tom.
Earlier in the week we had the Bettystown 5 mile with Alasdair Brown running a PB and a 6th place finish in a time of 29.06. Des Feeley ran 32.05 in the same race.
The following day we had the DCC 5k in Ringsend with both Paul Fleming and Ilona McElroy continuig their impressive recent form with another podium finishes from both. Paul finished 2nd overall ( 1st O/40 – 16.32 ) and Ilona also 2nd ( 1st O/35 – 18.47) . Conor Patton was 6th O/55 ( 21.34) . The same evening we had the Dublin graded meeting with competitors in the B,C and D grades of the 1500m. Ronan Kearns was 3rd in the B grade ( 4.23) with John McAuley ( 6th in C – 4.42) and Pearse Coyle taking victory in grade D (4.54). Also on Wednesday was the IMRA race in Seefingan with Tanya Sheridan finishing 2nd in the womens race. Robbie Costelloe finished 18th in the men’s with Mick Gygax 55th.
Yesterday Sarah Mulligan made her return to competitive action with victory in the Puchestown 5k ( 17.30) Sarah was actually second overall only beaten by a few seconds by her husband Brian.
Today was the South Dublin 10k in Clondalkin were we had a number of competitors taking part. Our first finisher was Brian O’Mhurchu (35.41) followed by Ciaran Alyward (36.02) Peter O’Toole ( 36.09) Alan Bernie (36.32) Geoff Duff (36.59) Mark O’Connor (37.13) John McAuley (37.51) Alasdair Brown ( 38.36) Anthony Delaney ( 39.30 PB) Ian Martin (39.54 PB) and Sabrina Keogh (45.04).
Finally a special mention to Brian Kitson . Brian ran the Wicklow round yesterday and when I say yesterday , I mean the whole of yesterday. Brian started at 3.00am and you must finish it within 24 hours. It takes in 26 summits and a small matter of 110km or so with 19,000 feet of ascent. Only about 30 people have ever managed to finish it in the last 10 years . Brian finished in 23 hours 13 minutes.