Report by Caoimhe Costigan

Thanks to Paddy Lynch for the support and photos.

Silver medals for the Senior ladies team of Helen Brouder, Noreen Brouder, Zoë Greene and Caoimhe Costigan!

Silver medal for Carol Lynch in her age category too!

Full results below.


The 32nd annual Raheny 5 Mile Road Race took place on the last day of January. Over 40 Sportsworld atheletes were in attendance at what was to be a fantastically organised and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the Northside!

Overall the conditions were fair. Unseasonably warm and despite the drizzle and the breeze, a surprisingly more pleasant experience than I had anticipated looking out the window that morning!


The afternoon kicked off, as usual, outside the Garda Station in Raheny village. Despite the fact that I live only down the road I managed to cut it fine, arriving just in time for a quick half hearted warm up in the rain before it was time to line up. I spotted a few familiar red and white tops gathering at the start line.


Chatting before the gun, we were all united in our gratitude to be back on solid ground after last week’s mud bath!


Race reporter Caoimhe clearly missing last weeks mud

The shiny clean road runners were back out and the chances of finishing with our shoes the same colour as when we had started were high…things were looking up! Just before the start Eoin mentioned something about a race report….hahaha no no I’m new, I couldn’t….but apparently my newbie grace period was over!!



The course was fast and flat. The start, as could be expected with over 2000 participants, was a little congested with lots dodging and weaving required. The crowd really carried us along throught the first mile, and before I knew it the watches were beeping….20% done. Mile two was a nice flat stretch along the main Howth Road, turning into a gentle descent towards the park. With the crowd dispersed by this stage there was plenty of room to stretch the legs and get into a rhythm.


We hit mile three just as we entered the park, a new twist in the route, which previously would have taken us along the seafront and up the long drag of Watermill road, to make us really earn those goodie bags. The park was overall a pleasant change of scenery, and on a windy day less, exposed than the main seafront road would have been.



The long “out and back stretch” was probably the toughest part of the race….seeing all the traffic coming against us….thinking “surely the turnaround can’t be far”…”we’re not going all the way to the end of this avenue are we!?”…“I can’t even see the end”. Finally, we turned. Then the four mile marker came…nearly home!

Another few hundred meters and the loudspeakers from the finish came into ear shot….psychological boost…really nearly home now…As we exited the park we met Myles in his Sunday best promising a finish line “just around the corner”…..and although it felt like forever the bunting finally came into view and it was all over.

 Spot the Sportsworld!

The race was won by Mick Clohissey in 24:05 with Mary Cullen leading the women home in an impressive 26:16. Sportsworld had some notable results of their own with Carol Lynch coming in 2nd, Ray Carpenter 5th and Patrick Mc Morrow 6th in their respective categories. Karol Cronin finished 8th in the Men’s Senior race and in the team event the Sportsworld ladies team came in 2nd. Full results below.



A great race and fantastic start to 2016, congratulations to all who ran. Enjoy those goodie bags….well deserved!!



Sportsworld Results:

Karol CRONIN 26:11:00
Paul O’CONNELL 27:56:00
Karl CHATTERTON 28:57:00
Conor MCCARTHY 29:06:00
Diarmuid Ó’SÚILLEABHÁIN 30:55:00
Helen BROUDER 30:56:00
Conor KEATING 31:08:00
Noreen BROUDER 31:28:00
Joe BYRNE 31:36:00
William GREENSMYTH 31:36:00
Jim BROWNE 31:58:00
Peter KNAGGS 33:28:00
Denis MCCAUL 33:37:00
Caoimhe COSTIGAN 33:50:00
Zoë GREENE 33:50:00
Jose CHOPA 33:54:00
Damien GERAGHTY 34:29:00
Stephen WILLOUGHBY 35:10:00
Aidan CURRAN 35:15:00
Catherine MULLEADY 35:36:00
Noel LYNAM 35:47:00
Eoin O’BRIEN 35:50:00
Naoise WALDRON 36:37:00
Ray CARPENTER 36:56:00
Patrick Killian MCMORROW 37:38:00
Margaret CROWLEY 38:22:00
Sibeal WALDRON 39:05:00
Grace KENNY 39:30:00
Enda MCMORROW 39:48:00
Conor KENNY 39:55:00
Trevor LLOYD 40:07:00
Valerie LACY POWER 40:26:00
David CLARKE 40:31:00
Emer CASEY 40:38:00
Denise KILKENNY 40:50:00
Emma BARRY 40:52:00
Claire RAWLEY 41:05:00
Deirdre HEAVEY 41:34:00
Cathy COYLE 41:56:00
Ellen LAVIN 43:33:00
Catherine GILMORE 44:04:00
Ed COLLINS 44:06:00
Padraig MOOREHOUSE 44:37:00
Audrai O’DRISCOLL 44:55:00
Carol LYNCH 45:17:00
Sean O’BYRNE 45:19:00

Full results: Myrunresults