Report by Grainne Dilleen

Summer in Dublin and the sun actually shone for the first race in the SSE Airtricity Race Series. Sun-cream at the ready for the Irish Runner 5 mile which took place on Saturday 27th June at the Phoenix Park. Sportsworld was well represented, with almost 20 members togging out.


The Race Series is always very well organised and this year was no exception. Shuttle buses ferrying people from Parkgate Street, well-manned baggage drop area and adequate portaloos. (I did however almost miss the kick off, waiting patiently in the queue for 35 mins!)


Starting on Chesterfield Avenue, the first two miles on the course are relatively downhill passing down the North Road and down the Kyber Road. It almost fools you into thinking ‘Actually this isn’t too bad, where else would you rather be on a Saturday morning?’ That feeling doesn’t last too long though as you round the corner onto Military Road and see the undulating hills ahead! The heat certainly didn’t help either.

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The water station at about mile 3.5 was welcomed although drinking from cups while running is a skill in itself! A few more hills ahead on the Upper Glen Road until you finally reach Furze Road and search for the Finish line in the distance. A nice flat finish for the last few hundred metres or so as you try make one final sprint. And the nicest feeling in the world when you’ve made it!


Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks was the winner in a time of 23.47, with the first female, Sarah Mulligan crossing the line at 27.55. Kevin Curran was first home for Sportsworld in a very respectable 29.12. Full results available here: TDL Timing

Home then and a well earned cup of tea in the 5 Mile Mug received in the goodie bag! 🙂

Sportsworld results below (thanks Eoin for compiling). Apologies if we missed anyone, the website didn’t register all Sportsworld runners.

Kevin Curran 29.12
Aidan Curran 33.52
William Greensmyth 34.13
Eoin O’Brien 34.23
Andrea McNamara 34.47
Catherine Mulleady 35.10
Stephen Willoughby 35.10
Joe Haugh 35.21
Ray Carpenter 35.59
Naoise Waldron 37.04
Grainne Dilleen 37.52
Sibeal Waldron 37.59
Conor Kenny 39.53
Audrai ODriscoll 40.01
Aggie Buckley 40.32
Catherine Gilmore 40.58
Jim Manning 41.11
Carmel Dolan 41.25
Carol Lynch 41.40