Race report by Catherine Mulleady Elliott

Last Sunday Tallaght AC held their annual 5km road race which also doubled up as the Dublin Novice Road Championships. We had both a male and female team entered into the novice race.

It was a windy morning but thankfully the rain held off. We arrived in plenty of time to get a warm up done and some strides and drills on the oh so familiar track. It was my first time doing the race and with no course map anywhere to be seen it was a case of follow the leader.

The race started promptly at 12. It was a flat course but the windy day meant that we all had to work hard throughout the race. As we turned left onto the Greenhills Road, with just over a kilometer to go we could feel the slight drag up to the clubhouse. As we ran onto the track I thought I would suddenly find some extra energy and be able to fly round the track but no such energy appeared. It felt like the longest and slowest 300m I had ever run!

I had mixed emotions when I crossed the line. I was happy to be finished but a little bit disappointed with my time. As I chatted the rest of the Sportsworld crew there seemed to be a general unhappiness with times so we all decided it was definitely the wind that was at fault.

After we finished our cooldown we were treated to a great spread of food by Tallaght AC. Myles had convinced us to wait for the medal ceremony and we were shocked to say the least, to be announced the Dublin Novice Ladies winning team. Suddenly disappointing times were a distant memory and we were over the moon with our shiny new medals.

It was a great race and all Sportsworld runners put in great performances. Results are listed below.

Sportsworld Results

Damien Geraghty 18:55
Denis McCaul 19:06
Martin Doyle 19:19
Neil Purdy 20:29
Naoise Waldron 20:34
Catherine Mulleady Elliott 21:15
Patricia Fitzmaurice 21:20
Margaret Crowley 22:07
Gemma White 23:24
Sandra Kelly 24:09