Report by Noel Tobin & Naoise Waldron
Thanks to Paddy Lynch and Joe Haugh for the photos.
Today was the third running of the Fingal 10k which is part of the marathon series of races leading up to the Dublin Marathon. There was a very strong representation from Sportsworld running club there today. The organisers have to be congratulated for the very professional running of the race of the best part of 3,000 runners.
The course starts in the centre of the old village (although Swords is on the way to becoming a City) with the first 4k on the old Belfast road. It then turns off onto small and very nice country undulating roads. No problems so far with just the wind to deal with at times. Somewhere between 8k and 9k we start long drag towards the finish which goes on for at least 1k. Thankfully the last few hundred meters are downhill allowing the runners look good crossing the line and to beat the clock as seconds tick on. The results of the club runners are below and apologies if anyone was left out.
The Fingal 10k is the 2nd race in the SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon race series. It’s a nice change from the other races, which all take place in the Phoenix Park. It was a relatively flat course, with the exception of the heartbreaker around the final kilometre. The start was fairly congested so personally I found the first kilometre slow but that was no harm in the end as it left me with something in the tank for the finish (just about).
Overall conditions were good. The kilometres seemed to pass by quickly and once we turned off the dual carriageway at KM4, we were running on quieter country roads. The fire truck spraying water a few kilometres on was a welcome cool down as the sun had started to shine.
As we made our way back to Swords village we reached the only major hill of the race and it was a struggle to the top. Thankfully it was then downhill to the finish line…if only all races ended like that!
Post race analysis showed that most had enjoyed the race and a few pb’ s were achieved. Congrats are in order for Emma Barry who, having only decided to race last Thursday, broke 50 minutes and thus achieved a PB. Also to Carol Lynch for placing second in her category.
Well done to all who took part and to Paddy and Joe for the support and photos.
Full Gallery available here: Gallery
Noel Tobin 39.50
Diarmuid O Suilleabhain 40.16
Emmet Ryan 41.24
Sean Donegan 41.50
Francis Mahon 41.59
Stephen Willoughby 42.52
Naoise Waldron 45.30
Conor Kenny 48.03
Aggie Buckley 48.51
Catherine Gilmore 49.28
Emma Barry 49.52 (PB!)
Madeline Byrne 50.19
Carol Lynch 50.29
Audrai O’Driscoll 52.01
Meave Keane 52.38
Jim Manning 52.58
Full race results: TDL Timing