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WINS FOR CLONLIFFE AND DSDS AT NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS

Dublin clubs dominated all but one of the five races at the National Road Relays, held on the now traditional one mile lap in Raheny, Dublin, on Sunday afternoon (April 28). Dundrum South Dublin won the women’s senior race slightly unexpectedly, while Clonliffe Harriers, powered by Efrem Gidey on the three-mile leg,  had a more predictable victory in the men’s senior race, which was the final race of a busy afternoon.  

First up had been the master women in a combined 1 mile-2 mile-1 mile race for the W35 and W50 age groups. Leading home thirteen teams with a time of  21 mins 30 secs in the W35 class was Sportsworld, with solid runs from Noreen Brouder, Lisa Madden and Aoife O’Leary. Finishing second in 21:54  were Fiona Roche, Kate Purcell and Siobhan Eviston for host club Raheny Shamrock while over a minute behind for third was Metro St Brigid’s in 23:04.  Raheny also finished second of the W50 teams behind Ennis TC. Raheny made it a home win in the M35 race, catching Clonliffe on the two mile leg. Making up the winning team were David Kirwan, Kieran Kelly and Aidan Jones. They finished in 19:21; Clonliffe was second in 19:52. In the separate M50 race, Metro St Brigid’s AC  finished third.

A record total of twenty-six teams finished the women’s senior race, which proved a mighty tussle from the start. Eimear Maher was leading for eventual winners Dundrum South Dublin after running the opening mile in 4:59  and although Emma McEvoy, only back from injury, was caught on the two-mile leg  by Raheny’s Niamh Kearney, she made sure to stay in touch. On the final mile leg, Amy O’Donoghue powered into the lead for DSD despite the best efforts of Nadine Donegan for Tullamore Harriers and Ellie Hartnett of UCD. In the end, just five seconds separated the top three teams — DSD the winners in 20:38, Tullamore Harriers second in 20:43 and UCD third in 20:45. A close fourth was Raheny Shamrock in 20:52. Finally came the men’s senior race with a longer 2x1x3x2 mile format and thirty-two teams lining out.  Clonliffe Harriers had entered seven teams for the race and all seven finished, which must be some kind of record; overall, Clonliffe has twenty teams enterd on the day, which is definitely a record!  On the opening two mile leg, Cillian Kirwan for Raheny Shamrock finished just clear of  Rathfarnham WSAF’s Mitchell Byrne with one second separating them. Raheny held on to the lead on  the mile leg leg, taken on by Kieran Kelly in his second run of the day. Only on the  three-mile leg did Clonliffe take command, with Efrem Gidey clocking a superb time of 13:42 and handing over to Ian Guiden with half a minute to spare. Guiden duly brought the team home; Ennis TC was second and  Raheny Shamrock third. Next came DCH, DSD and Donore Harriers in that order. 

Other Dublin clubs in action  on the day were Rathfarhma WSAF, Lucan Harriers, Liffey Valley, Borthers Pearse, Crusaders and Lusk, many of them with multiple teams. Well done to all!

On Saturday (April 27) new  club Coolock organised the Another Way 5km  in Darndale Park,  which attracted large numbers from Ballymun ACand a few from the Cherry Orchard,  D15, Sherriff Street, Garristown Flyers and North Clondalkin clubs, as well as  well as members of  Raheny Shamrock  and Clonliffe Harriers. Stephen Butler (Raheny Shamrock AC)  led home a massive  482 finishers in 16 mins 1 sec. Dean Hayden (Ballymun RC) was fourth in 17:01 and Matthew Ward (Coolock RC) sixth in 17:45. First woman was Chrissy Harford in 20:32. Paulette Thompson (Ballymun RC) was third in 21:54, and was  leading home a group of four from Ballymun RC - a club that only started up in late 2023. Ballymun juniors also fared well in the underage categories. 

TRACK AND FIELD 

Helped by a following wind of +3.5, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC)  ran a sensational time of 10.84 secs when winning the 100m at an invitational meet held on her home track at the University of Texas on Saturday (April 27). Had the wind been less strong, this time would have smashed the Irish record of 11.27 seconds set last year by Sarah Lavin. Adeleke’s official best time for 100m in 11.31 secs. 

Strong winds affected other Irish efforts in the USA. In Jacksonville, Florida, Israel Olutunde (Tallaght AC) was also helped by a +2.2 following wind when running a time of 10.52 secs for 100m. Olatunde’s  Irish record stands at 10.17 secs. Kate Doherty (DSD) was running in Austin Texas, and again, was helped by a +3.3 winds to a personal best 13.15 secs for the 100m hurdles. Doherty’s best of 13.45 secs dates back to 2022.

Helped by legal  wind (+1.7) was Gavin Cougle (Clonliffe Harriers) who improved his 200m PB to 21.41 secs in Louisville on Saturday (April 27).That puts him top of the current Irish rankings.  

Also in USA, Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrock) improved on his own Irish shot putt record with a 20.93 effort, although this is not yet official. Favors’ previous best of 20.66m came in March last year. 

In the 5000m, at the Diamond League  in  Shanghai, China on Saturday (April 27), Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished 3th in13:25.37.

HILLS

Daire Finn (DCH) was the winner of the opening round of the Irish Mountain Running Associations’ Summer Evening League at Belmont and the Little Sugar Loaf on Wednesday.  Finn complete the 8.6km distance with 360m  of climb in 37:46 for a clear win. Second was Joe Warne while thirdwas Ger O’Toole (Blackrock AC).  First woman was Sorcha Loughnane (Donore Harriers, W45) in 45:10.  Harriette Robinson (DSD AC) was second and Aideen Burke (Donore Harriers W40) third. The league continues on  Wednesday evenings until August 7, with thirteen rounds in all.