Hiko Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC was first of the Irish athletes in the elite race at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon held in Larne, Co Antrim, on Sunday (August 27). For Tonosa, back racing after an extended break, it was a first run over the distance and he finished a creditable ninth in 62 mins 22 secs. Race winner was Daniel Mateiko of Kenya in 58:26. Finishing 19th in 65:40 was John Travers of Donore Harriers.
At Saturday’s Tullamore Half Marathon incorporating the National Half Marathon Championships, Tudor Mircea Moldovan of Clonliffe Harriers finished a fighting fourth in 68:44 while Lucan Harriers, led by Mary Brown, were third W50 team.
Also on Saturday, Aoife McCavana from Dublin, better known as an orienteer, was first woman home at the gruelling Warrior’s Run 15km up and around Knocknarea in Co Sligo with a time of 70.15.
During the week, Sean Doran with a time of 16 mins 10 secs was the winner of the Pfizer BHAA 5km, held at Grange Castle, Dublin on Wednesday (August 23). Just four seconds behind for second was Kevin Donagher, with Ronan O’Reilly third in 16:34. First woman was Catherine Brogan in 19:55.
On Thursday Daire Flynn (DCH AC) was the winner of the Celbridge 5km, in Co Kildare with a time of 15 mins 59, with Fiona Clinton (DSD AC) first woman in 17:01. A day later, on Friday evening Laura McDonnell (Rathfarnham WSAF AC) was first woman in 18:05 at the Tara AC 5m in Skryne, Co Meath.
Although the track season is almost over, a group of Irish club athletes travelled to Watford for the BMC Gold Standard Races on Wednesday (August 23). In the men’s A 800m, Cian McPhillips (UCD AC) finished third in 1:47.07 while in the women’s A 1500m race, Claire Mooney (Crusaders AC) clocked 4:23.80 to finish ninth while Paralympian Greta Streimikyte (Clonliffe Harriers) finished in 4:35.35.