Report by Damien Geraghty
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As I was doing my warm up around Dun Laoghaire bay this morning I realised that I didn’t see too many familiar Sportworld’s faces….so my first thought was who is Eoin going to get to do a race report…..After meeting Peter Knaggs at the start line he said as much to me and we laughed about it…..Peter did you tell Eoin I done the race??? (Yep he sure did Damian. He emailed me, texted me and called me to be sure – Eoin)
Race reporter Damian
For anyone that didn’t know the dlr bay 10k Road Race has distinguished itself as one of the premier 10km races in Ireland taking part each Aug bank holiday. The course follows a scenic route starting along Dun Laoghaire seafront and going through picturesque Seapoint, Monkstown, Glenageary, Killiney and Sandycove and finishing up at Dun Laoghaire town hall.
While doing a 3km warm up on the Harbour I ran past Karol doing a slow warm up by his standards….I remember thinking to myself I had never seen him run so slow before….the results of the race proves he was saving his energy and I was wasting mine.
I decided to enter a 10km race as part of my training plan for the Dublin Marathon in Oct….it had been 3 months from my last 10km race were I had gained my PB 39.52 so it would be a good test to see how the training was going…..all be it at a much shorter and faster distance.
Myself and Peter Knaggs took to the starting line together both pretty nervous of what was ahead of us as neither of us knew the route but had heard it was very hilly. The first 2km was relatively flat which allowed me to get a good split start however that quickly turned as hills on the 3rd, 5th and 6thkm put that good start to bad. As Peter past me at the 6km mark I remember thinking to myself, there can’t be any more hills…..and thankfully there wasn’t. The last 4 km of race was flat to down hill which meant for a fast finish and that helped me get my split times back down to 4.11 per km.
Results in and I managed to get a top 100 finish coming in 77th placed just behind Peter in 74th ….(fantastic by Peter who had ran the parkrun on Sat as well as 10mile club run on Sunday)….overall happy with finish time in what was a challenging course…….was nice to be back in race action after concentrating on getting the miles up the last few months as oppose to speed work. Next up is Rock n Roll half marathon on Sunday followed by Frank Duffy 10 mile on 2oth Aug (will be studying the hills on these).
Massive congratulations to Karol Cronin who finished in 2nd place with a time off 32.56.
2nd – Karol Cronin – 32.56
11th – Phil Kilgannon – 36.32
32nd – Ian Cairns – 39.11
74th – Peter Knaggs – 41.40
77th – Damien Geraghty 42.07
204th – Neil Purdy 00:47:11
543 – Peter Brennan 54.39