Report by Naoise Waldron
Photos by Lucy D’Arcy.
“It’s not a race Naoise”…the wise words spoken by Karl Chatterton as we waited for the Irish Runner paced mile to begin this morning. Considering that I had roped Eoin in to incorporating it in to our 12 mile run, I knew that my 6 mile warm up might slow me down slightly.
Close to 70 people took part in the paced mile in the Phoenix Park. We were greeted at registration by the ever smiling Lucy Darcy and fellow My Run Results colleagues. The route was a down and back route, starting past the Furze Road turn off and heading toward the Aras and then back up again. After collecting our numbers, Eoin, Karl and I, continued with a warm up, before heading back towards the start line to meet fellow Sportsworld members Conor Keating and Declan Brady.
Another short run and we were back for the pre mile stretches and then the first groups were off. Stephen Willoughby was pacing the 8 mile group and he had the company of Catherine Gilmore, Madeline Byrne and Emma Barry. The three ladies had fantastic runs and were in well under the 8 minute mark, with Catherine being the second across the line in in the 8 minute pace group in 7.13.
Then it was time for the 7, 6 and 5 minute pace miles. I had signed up for the 6 minute pace, however was feeling less than fresh so I knew I would be lucky to keep the pacer in my sights. I was on track for the first 800m but then with the slow turn around and the drag on Chesterfield Avenue, my pacer Ronan was soon well out of my reach. Maybe next time! Karl finished 2nd overall in 5.03, with Conor close behind in 5:11. Declan has shown that the track training is really paying off and completed in 5.41.
Well done to everyone who took part, full Sportsworld results as follows:
2 Karl CHATTERTON 00:05:03
6 Conor KEATING 00:05:11
10 Declan BRADY 00:05:41
14 Eoin O’BRIEN 00:05:55
22 Naoise WALDRON 00:06:24
41 Catherine GILMORE 00:07:13
44 Emma BARRY 00:07:18
47 Madeline BYRNE 00:07:29
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