Race report and photos by Joe Byrne
Did somebody say the cross country season was over? With some of us still attending therapy from our exploits in Clarinbridge 7 weeks ago it was time for the now annual Battle of Clontarf Easter Monday 10m race(incorporating the Leinster Championships) in St Annes Park Raheny.
A quick trawl through my hard drive showed I had also done the race report for this one last year. Tempted as I was to do a quick cut and paste job I decided this wouldn’t do justice to the rough weather conditions endured by all the runners who competed.
Monday was forecast to be the wettest, most miserable day of the weekend, and boy did they get it right. 5 Female and 13 Male Sportsworld athletes (an overall increase of 3 from last year) made the trek to Raheny for the 10am start.
Excellent performances from Sinead Tangey, Eileen Rowland and Karol Cronin yielded individual medals in their respective categories. Our overall strength in depth however resulted in 3 separate teams winning medals.
The course itself was a mix of tarmac footpaths, grass, mud and water all within the St Annes Park itself. A 2 mile loop was followed by 2 x 4 mile treks which included a real battle into the wind along the boundary parallel to the coast rd. As always Karol was to the fore in the mens race, finishing 3rd overall and claiming bronze. Not to be outdone Sinead was to claim 3rd overall place in the Ladies race. Eileen was to complete the triple crown of individual medals with a 2nd place finish in the o55 category.
Never was a hot beverage more welcome by all after a race when we adjourned to the Red Stables. Race quickly re-ran it was back out to the cold and soaking wet finish line to claim our haul of medals, toasters and hair dryers in the presentation ceremony.
Well done to one and all who ran this race. You deserve all the plaudits you get!!!
Team Medals were as follows
Female o50 Bronze
Eileen Rowland, Audrai O Driscoll, Ellen Lavin.
Male Senior Silver
Karol Cronin, Phil Kilgannon, Karl Chatterton.
Male o50s Bronze
Noel Tobin, Joe Byrne, Anthony Gillen
3rd Sinead Tangey 63.41
36th Deirdre O Connell 77.53
38th Eileen Rowland 78.51
85th Audrai O Driscoll 88.35
86th Ellen Lavin 88.40
3rd Karol Cronin 55.37
15th Phil Kilgannon 58.45
25th Karl Chatterton 59.46
38th Martin Doyle 61.45
42nd Sadanand Magee 62.29
51st Oliver Hedborg 64.05
63rd Ronan Masterson 66.00
70th Noel Tobin 66.55
76th Joe Byrne 68.52
87th Padraig Looby 69.41
103rd John Flaherty 70.53
107th Anthony Gillen 71.39
111st Peter Knaggs 71.58