Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge 2014
By Will Greensmyth

Almost 4000 runners took part in the Grant Thornton Corporate Team 5k Challenge which took place on Tuesday evening in near perfect conditions around the Dublin Docklands.

Amongst the 4000 were a dozen or so Sportsworld members who were AWOL from Bushy Park for the evening to run under different team names and colours than the usual red and white strip.

Karol Cronin was the star of the show, last year’s Leinster Athlete of the Year marked his return from injury with a blistering 15.23 pb to claim third place. Despite only turning up two minutes before the start, Karol showed he  is back to his best with a strong finish. Paul Duffy was not far behind in eight place and will be delighted with his short speed performance in the midst of his marathon mileage.

A scan of the results show that Gareth is transitioning back nicely from the shorter track stuff and will be fancied for a strong sub 16 minutes run in Rathfarnham 5k and onwards into the mud and gutter of cross country racing. The benefits of the intensive marathon training were also apparent with Conor and Karl clocking great times. Anna and Stephanie cruised around the course – the hard training session last Saturday in the Waterworks no hindrance to either of them.

I’ve tried to include all the Sportsworld runners below. Apologies if I missed anyone. Roll on Rathfarnham 5k at the end of the month!

3 Karol Cronin – Capita Asset Services – 15.23
8 Paul Duffy – Capita Asset Services – 15.42
21 Gareth Murran – Car Trawler – 16.1
50 Ed McEntee- Base Systems – 17.12
60 Will Greensmyth – ByrneWallace Solicitors – 17.28
67 Conor McCarthy – HSBC – 17.34
72 Karl Chatterton – Logicalis – 17.36
103 Shane Toman – Davy Stockbrokers – 18.06
345 Stephanie Bergin – Capita – 19.42
506 Stephen Willoughby – Zurich Insurance – 20.25
591 Anna Delaney – Willis Insurance Brokers – 20.44