Frank Duffy 10 mile 2009

Well, looking out the window at 8 o’clock saturday morning I was not envious of my red army brothers and sisters setting out on their 10 mile challenge. As they lined up however on the start line to do battle the clouds parted biblically (work with me) and the sun came out to warm the backs of the 6000 hearty souls taking to task on the day. A strong sportsworld mens team had clear intentions to take a medal in the Dublin Championship. Some of the girl’s finest were also present.

Kildare’s finest export since Jack L, Paul O’ Connell lead the way for Sportsworld continuing his rich vein of form. With only 2 Irishmen ahead of him, Paul powered his way to fifth in a superb 53.38, leaving guys he peviously was packing with in his wake. He is closing in on the elite men week by week. Next in was westmeath’s finest export since Joe Dolan. Paul ‘Duff Man Duffy’, another man in a rich vein of from continued his successful summer with a brilliant 57.05, finishing in 21st. Paul again is going shoulder to shoulder with guys, previously minutes ahead of him.

Next in was the ever green Trevor ‘silver tongue’ Sweeney. The veteran was well up in the over 35’s coming in just a shade behind Paul in 57.28, 24th place. He may have even pipped Paul had he not stopped to chat to a blond bysander in the last mile. Gareth Murran was fouth man in, breaking the hour comfortably in 59.33. Having displayed huge potential on the track during the summer, this will have served as a good base for him to build up his stamina for the remaining distance races and cross country season. Gareth has a big year ahead ahead of him and will undoubtedly continue his steady improvements. Michael ‘Con Houlihan’ Cunningham was next man in, finishing in 1.01.06. This didn’t really do him justice as his training and recent races have shown a return to form. Michael is building up nicely for the national half and should really kick into gear for the cross country season, where he has probably displayed his best performances.

Lucy looked close to her best, running hard all the way to a fantastic fourth overall and first in her age group (O 21’s). Colm Kennedy followed her in with an impressive 1.04.35. Martin Keenan ran a fine 1.06.14 building up nicely for the marathon, just ahead of Joe Byrne. Joe shook of a recent knock to storm home in 1.06.28. Life in the old dog yet……..

Stephanie was second girl home in 1.07, followed by Ciara in 1.12.47, representing the girls team with distinction. Dave ‘El Nugget’ Clarke continued his marathon preparations cruising home in 1.10.17, reaping the benefits of a good training bloc. Just ahead was the bowld Will Greensmyth, flown in for the weekend. Limerick’s finest finished in 1.10.11. Eoiny ‘Felony’ got back on track for his assault on the 26.2 miles in October with a solid 1.14.10 and will be fighting fit for the half next month.

A great team performance all in all and we look forward to the rest of the autumn and pending winter with high hopes.

Here’s a link to the photo album with a larger selection available at racepix365 and full results.

Is mise le meas,
Phil Kilgannon.