I don’t know why but, having never visited, I envisaged the post run spread at the K Club to entail being attended to by nattily attired Butlers serving swan in a Georgian mansion.
The reality, however, was only marginally less salubrious. Hot dogs, pasta, noodles and plenty of cake were the order of the day.
Before that, though, what a fabulous run in glorious weather. The BHAA K Club 10k has a great reputation and it lived up to its billing in spades. A decent turnout from Sportsworld athletes, some running in their corporate alter egos, returned some great performances. Jose Chapa continues his run of great form and broke the 40 minute barrier to record a career best, while Anna Delaney also gave everything to achieve a superb PB.
There was a respectful minutes applause before the race for the late and very highly respected Maurice Timmons, a great stalwart of the running scene.
There was a big turnout of 429 runners, testament to the reputation this race has for the “great spread” afterwards. Not just a few slices of Brac and a cup of Tea – definitely one for your culinary running diary for next year. Spare a thought for our Lucy D’Arcy, though – while we were scoffing all before us, she was busy wrapping up the results and dismantling the timing apparatus and only later got to eat the
barely existent leftovers.
The course itself was reasonably flat and gently undulating, reminding one of those great summer road races down in Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin.
Afterwards we sat in glorious sunshine outside, ate the very tasty grub and, although very sorry to miss the Sportsworld track session, remarked how lucky it was we made the decision to run in such a splendid location on such a lovely morning.
Paul O’connell 37.07
Jose Chapa 39.54
Peter Knaggs 42.39
Adrian Lanigan 43.06
Anna Delaney 43.39
Phillip Kerr 43.46
Eileen Butler 43.57
Noel Lynam 44.22
Conor Kenny 51.27
Maria Finnegan 52.12
Ray Carpenter 54.52