There was a large turn out of club members (Ed McEntee, Stephen Willoughby, Colin Mahon, Tommy Arnstrong, Tara Murphy , Crona Brady, Mary Finn, Kathleen Horgan, Stephanie Bergin, Paul O’Connell) for the BHAA ESB 5K Beach Race, which took place on sandymount strand. 291 in total took part on a lovely sunny evening, although being a beach race, the surface ranged from flat, to ripples, to soft with some pools of water thrown in to add a challange.
Paul and Crona obviously used their experience of running on the beach in Lanzarote, as Paul won the race in what I believe to be a course record of 16.03 finishing 22 seconds ahead of Davy Byrne who has won this race for the last three years. Crona was first female home and winning her first BHAA race, in what I also believe is a course record time of 18.51, well ahead of Orla Gormley who has won the race for the last 6 years. Mary Finn just missed out on a club one, two as she finished two seconds behind Orla Gormley in third. Stephanie finished 4th and Kathleen 6th.
Not to be outdone Ed was 9th overall, and first in his age category. Tommy won his age category. Kathleen also won her age category and was part of the Irish Life & Permanent Team which were second and Stephen was part of the Zurich Team who were 3rd in Grade 1.
Well done to Tara and Colin who also ran very well