Nerves were high as we all checked weather reports on Saturday evening. Questions of whether the rain would hold off, where would we park, and most importantly, where would we go for coffee and a scone when it was all over?

Sportsworlders hit the road to Bohermeen, Co. Meath on Sunday morning. The sun was shining and the grey clouds didn’t look too eerie. As we parked up in the grassy fields, there was lots of excitement as the countdown was finally on. At 11am, lots of smiling faces lined up waiting for the gun to sound and at 11.05, the fun began.

The conditions on the day made for an exciting event. No sign of rain until the race was over, the sun peeked through on occasion, and apart from the crosswinds on the motorway flyover, the force of the wind was kept to a minimum. The course itself was enjoyable, no steep inclines, all gradual, and just enough of a decline to catch your breath before the next slope. The Sportsworld gang was out in force and represented in style!

Paul Hamilton was the first Sportsworld man over the line in a time of 1:24:47 and Deirdre O’Connell was the first female Sportsworlder with a time of 1:31:03. Some incredible running across the board with all race times, according to My Run Results, listed below.

Bodies were tired but we made it the end. Bananas, oranges, and crisps were welcomed at the finish line, followed by a well-deserved cuppa, scone, and even some chocolate cake found along the way home (once everyone managed to get their cars towed out of the wet, mucky fields).

A huge congratulations to everyone that took part. It was by no means a small feat and the first big hurdle in the long distance running for the club this year. It was my first official half marathon and I cannot give enough credit to the support of the club, and all the running crew that got me through the long runs in Phoenix Park. You’re a motivational bunch!!

Well done everyone!!

1. Paul HAMILTON 01:24:47
2. Deirdre O’CONNELL  01:31:03
3. Martin DOYLE  01:31:09
4. Aoife CARROLL  01:34:44
5. Tom KELLEHER  01:35:03
6. Stephan DE VRIES  01:36:20
8. Adam FURLONG  01:42:17
9. Sinead STAUNTON  01:42:37
10. Deirdre MCGING  01:44:47
11. Padraic MORAN  01:45:11
12. Anthony FITZPATRICK  01:44:48
13. Amanda HASSETT  01:46:37
14. Grainne LYNCH  01:49:37
15. Eileen ROWLAND  01:55:41
16. Sandra TELFORD  02:00:56
17. Catherine GILMORE 02:00:46
18. Siobhan CLARKE  02:05:27
19. Gemma WHITE  02:05:10
20. Audrai O’DRISCOLL  02:06:28