Well, twas a bright summers eve, with a fair gust of wind about. Sportsworld had a good contingent out and aquitted themselves well.
The Brady sisters were to the fore in a very competitive ladys 1500. Aoife won comfortably in 4.36. The ever-improving Crona ran strongly in the pack, coming in 9th in 4.55.
The men’s 1500 started with the D race. Colm McCarthy took off like the proverbial clappers, opening up a 20 metre lead after the first lap. He maintained this gap until the last lap, when a combination of tiredness and strong finishing from the athlete behind denied him victory. A fine run nonethess (4.42) and Colm should certainly be comfortable in the C grade next time around.
Next up was Paul Duffy in the 1500 C. Paul ran strongly in an unfamiliar event. He battled well and finished in the pack in an impressive 4.32. More to come from the club’s fastest improving athlete.
Well if Paul O’Connell was a novice to the 1500, he could have fooled me. Maintaining second for most of the race and seemed to be tiring with a lap to go. Then, from nowhere the trademark burst of speed kicked in on the back straight. Second and third were left for dead in a matter of metres and Paul cruised home in 4.14.
Then it was left to the old horse (yours truly)to reaquaint himself with with the sacred santry track. The 5000m wasn’t as packed as usual. It was one in a fine 15.08 by James McFadden. With 2nd and 3rd sewn up, it was left to my old adversary Michael Frehilly and I to decide 4th. It was a good old ding dong as we took turns onwind-shielding duty. With 400 metres to go I went for broke and just held him off, finishing in 15.44.