Race report by Joe Byrne

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Full Sportsworld results below

Leinster 10m Championships/Battle of Clontarf 10m Race.
Total abstinence from all chocolate over the Easter weekend was to prove decisive for Sportsworld athletes who medalled in a range of categories over the keenly contested battlefield of the Clontarf 10m race which incorporated the Leinster 10m Championships.
Bank Holiday Monday morning gave rise to an early start for the Runners and Supporters of Sportsworld as St Annes Park, Raheny was the venue for the above.
Traffic reports on radio warned of congestion northbound on the M50 due to a slow moving vehicle. This could only mean 1 thing. Martin Keenan was on his way to the race.
10am and after final instructions from Myles 15 Sportsworld athletes took their place amongst the 500 entries for the start of the 10m race.
The race itself started with a long run up and down the main avenue within the park followed by 2 x 4m loops of the perimeter. From the start Karol Cronin took his place amongst the leaders and clung on to finish with overall bronze medal in the senior category and gold in the over 35 category. Great running Karol.
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Karol was followed home by Kevin Curran in overall 18th place with Mark Hollowed (49th) in his first race for Sportsworld being the 3rd counter for the club. Hot on his heels was Martin (Lewis Hamilton) Keenan (53rd) just ahead of the smooth running Alan Hynes (61st) whilst Jose Chapa (67th)continues to go from strength to strength with another 10 mile PB. Eoin O Brien (237th)completed his very own easter egg hunt on the course. Above placings meant a finishing team position of 6th out 13 teams in what was a very competitive race.
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In the male o50s category the team missed out on bronze medal by 2 placings to Balbriggan. If ever a lesson was learnt in how every placing counts in deciding the final standings then this is it. All was not lost however as Anthony Gillen (62nd) picked up bronze in the individual category. Well deserved Anthony, after a narrow miss in Waterford a few months ago. Anthony was followed in by Jim Browne (94th), the baby of the team Peter Knaggs (117th) and Philip Kerr (128th).
These guys have already resolved to avenge this narrow gap in the Leinster Masters 6k in Gowran in 2 weeks. Ray Carpenter also flew the flag for sportsworld by claiming a bronze in the individual o60 category.
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Where the lads missed out above our ladies o50s were able to show the way by claiming  silver in the team event and only missing gold to the hosts by 12 placings. The team was made up by Orla McMenamin who took bronze in the o50 category whilst Eileen Rowland claimed Sportsworlds 2nd gold medal of the day in the individual 055 category. Audral O Driscoll completed the line up for the silver medal winning team. Well done ladies.
Race over and as is customary The Red Stables was the venue for much needed chat and refreshments and before athletes headed off for a chocolate indulgence so richly deserved. Well done one and all.
Race reporter Joe
A great race, increasing in popularity every year and maybe time to stick a diary entry for Easter Monday 2018!!!
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Sportsworld Medals

Over 50 Women Team 
1 Raheny Shamrock 651pts
2 Sportsworld 671pts 
3 Sloggers to Joggers 927pts
Over 35 Men 
1 Karol Cronin – Sportsworld – 54:10
2 David Fitzpatrick – Tallaght – 56:11
3 Brian O’Murchu – Sli Cualann – 57:31
Over 50 Women
1 Olwyn Dunne – Crusaders 77:14
2 Anne Lyons – Clonliffe Harriers – 80:17
3 Orla McMenamin – Sportsworld -84:23 
Over 50 Men 
1 John Farrelly – Rathfarnham WSAF – 63:56
2 David Long – Crusaders -64:46
3 Anthony Gillen – Sportsworld – 66:16 
Over 55 Women 
1 Eileen Rowland – Sportsworld – 74:47 
2 Charlotte Stevens – Sli Cualann – 80:22
3 Sheila Verdon – 80:52
Over 60 Men 
 1 Terry Clarke – Rathfarnham WSAF – 67:24
 2 David Byrne – 76:58
 3 Ray Carpenter – Sportsworld – 77:07

Sportsworld Overall Results

4th Karol CRONIN 00:54:10
18th Kevin CURRAN 00:59:15
49th Mark HOLLOWED 01:04:01
53 Martin KEENAN 01:04:19
61 Alan HYNES 01:05:57
62 Anthony GILLEN 01:06:16
67 Jose CHAPA 01:06:36 (PB!)
94 Jim BROWNE 01:09:25
117 Peter KNAGGS 01:11:45
128 Phillip KERR 01:12:39
154 Eileen ROWLAND 01:14:47
183 Raymond CARPENTER01:17:07
237 Eoin O’BRIEN 01:22:05
253 Orla MCMENAMIN 01:24:23
264 Audrai O’DRISCOLL 01:25:16