Report by Catherine Mulleady
Photos by Catherine and Nigel Elliott. Full Sportsworld results below.
Wednesday night saw the running of the 5th graded meet of the season. It was held on the Tallaght AC track (home turf for us). It seemed like a considerably quieter meet than usual (apparently there was some big match on??). Conditions were perfect for running even if it did threaten to lash a couple of times.
‘Apparently there was some big match on’
All races were running slightly ahead of schedule so everyone’s warm-up was cut a bit short (everyone was trying to get home early for some reason???)
Race reporter Catherine getting in the zone
I ran in the 800m B grade. There was a good turnout for the race despite the match. The race started very fast and I tried to be conservative on the first lap but despite my best efforts, I went though the first 400m in 73 seconds (this is too fast for me). It was just a matter of holding on for dear life on the second lap and trying not to let anyone come past me. I finished in 2:36 which is 1 second faster than my last outing so I was happy enough with that.
Gareth was up next in the 800m. It was a tough field but Gareth held on well to finish in 2:08. I think he was keeping something in the tank for the 3000m.
The award for track race of the night went to the Men’s 3000m C race. 4 Sportsworld men lined up for this one. Despite Emily’s words of advice Stephen decided to set the pace from the start and he opened up a nice lead on the rest of the pack.
With about 600m to go we could see that Gareth was trying to reel him in. By the final bend Gareth had caught up to Stephen and we knew we were in for a good finish. With 100m to go Gareth made his move but Stephen responded accordingly and held him off to take the win. Diarmuid ran a strong race and came home in 10:39. Noel ran well also in his first outing at a Graded Meet to finish in a great time of 11:28.
Justin went in the B grade, which was combined with the A. It was a very strong field and the pace was fast from the start. He put in a very good performance to finish in 10:14.
It was a great night of racing by all and we even made it home in plenty of time to see the fantastic Brady goal.
800m Grade B
5 Murran Gareth 2.08.74
10 Mulleady Catherine 2.36.69
3000m Grade B
16 Mckeever Justin Sportsworld 10.14.30
3000m Grade C
1 O’Donnell Stephen 9.39.97
2 Murran Gareth 9.40.52
9 Ó Súilleabháin Diarmuid 10.39.08
10 Tobin Noel 11.28.96