Kate Cronin overall winner at Wicklow – Irish tour
Another weekend of Irish road, track, cross country and track (one race) action from Lindie Naughton.
The weekend road race was the international Charleville half-marathon in Co Cork, which despite restrictions still hosted a good entry of 327 runners on Sunday (September 26).
Times weren’t particularly quick with just three finishers breaking up seventy minutes. 2019 Irish half marathon champion Yared Derese of Carrick Aces AC, who is clearly returning to form after injury, recorded a time of 65 minutes 32 seconds.
Jake O’Regan of St John’s AC in Co Clare was second in 66:31 and several-time Irish marathon champion Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers third in 67:57.
Reigning Irish marathon champion and Tokyo Olympian Aoife Cooke of Eagle AC clearly won the women’s race.
She finished in an unpressurized time of 80:43. Jennifer Montague was second in 82:14, while third in 83:30 was American athlete Alicia Hudelson. The fourth and first W50 was the prolific Angela McCann of Clonmel AC in 84:31
Also on Sunday, Kiernan Little of Crusaders AC won the town of Naas at 5km held on Sunday (September 26) in a time of 16 minutes 14 seconds. Sue McDonald of Newbridge AC was the first woman at 8:47 pm. The 10 km winners were Stephen Conroy of Celbridge AC in 33:37 and Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC in 36:09.
Overview of the Saturday road race
Mick Fogarty was a comfortable winner of the Mullingar half marathon, one of the many road races organized on Saturday 25 September. His time of 70 minutes 38 seconds put him well behind Timmy Murphy who finished in 72:17. The first woman was Aine O’Reillly in 85 minutes 1 second. Cora Regan was second in 87:03.
Fastest pavers in the Monaghan marathon were Aonghus Rooney of Dunleer AC in 3 hours 54 seconds and Anna Maria McCleary of MTR in 4: 24.46.
Shane Brady from Clones AC won the 10km Associate in 36:09 with Irene Clements fifth overall and first woman in 43:18. A day later, Brady won the Monaghan Half Marathon in 80 minutes 32 seconds. Barbara Murray of Donore Harriers was the first female in 94:58.
Nick O’Donoghue of East Cork AC proved the class of the estate at the Allies 5-Mile at Co Cork winning in a problem-free time of 27 minutes 55 seconds. The second and first M40 in 31:04 was Michael Dullea of Skibbereen AC, while the third and first M50 was William O’Donoghue of Mooreabbey Milers AC in 32:02.
The seventh overall and first woman was Rosaleen McKeown in 33:32. Deirdre de Sullivan of Beara AC was one place behind and second woman in 34:44 and Clare O’Shea third in 35:47.
In Co Mayo, Colin Wyss from Stade Genève / Tribuperformance won Charlestown 10km in 33 minutes 18 seconds, with junior athlete Elise Philips of Swinford AC first female in 44:36.
Also over 10km, Martin O’Reilly and Orla Sheridan were the winners of the Breffni 3-Province Challenge, departure and arrival in Arva, Co Cavan. Their times were 39:33 and 46.56.
TO the Northern Ireland Road Relay Championships at Victoria Park on Saturday September 5th, the Annadale Striders won the men’s and women’s titles with all races consisting of four stages.
In the men’s race, the winning Striders finished in 38 minutes 20 seconds after leading from the first of four stages. North Belfast Harriers was second in 39:08 and St Malachy’s AC third in 39:23. In total, 27 teams completed the race.
In the women’s race, Annadale caught up with previous leaders Letterkenny AC in the second leg with both teams, then fought to the finish, Annadale winning in exactly 47 minutes. Just six seconds behind was Letterkenny in 47:06, Beechmount Harriers third in 48.50; eight teams lined up.
North Down AC led home a much larger twenty-team entry in the women’s masters race in 52:55. City of Lisburn AC was second in 53:18 and Ballymena Runners third in 53.58.
In the men’s masters race, with 33 teams entered, the North Belfast Harriers won the race in 41:04. City of Derry Spartans finished second in 41:28 while for third place Strive Racing edged second team North Belfast Harrier; both received a time of 41:55.
* The national truck stops will take place on Sunday October 3 on the traditional All Saints’ Day circuit in Raheny, Dublin. Details www.athleticsireland.ie. *
UCD AC’s Darragh McElhinney made a winning comeback to the race with a victory in the men’s at Irish University Cross Country Championships organized by DCU at Glasnevin in Dublin on Saturday 25 September. The competition was postponed from last spring.
NUI Galway won the team award, with Pierre Murchan and Thomas McStay leading in second and third and the six top-twelve finishes. The University of Limerick, led by Thomas Devaney in fourth place, was the second team, with host college DCU third.
It was a historic moment – since 2003, DCU had only been beaten once before; it was in 2013 when UCD took the title.
There was some consolation for DCU when Christine Russsell won the women’s race, but again there was no joy in the team competition, won by Trinity College for a second year, led by Eavan McLoughlin at third place.
UL was second and DCU. Overall, UL came out on top of Trinity and DCU.
Leevale AC’s Cravatte Victory won the women’s 4km race at the Cork Novice and U23 Cross Country Championships held at Silverroe, Riverstick on Sunday (September 26). The first team were St Finbarr’s AC with 276 points, followed by Midleton AC 48 points and Mallow AC 57 points.
Togher AC athletes dominated the men’s 6km, with Liam Harris the winner in 19:55 followed by teammate Sean O’Connell second in 20:49 and Togher clearly won the tag team title ahead of Leevale AC and East Cork.
In the Junior / U19 races, the winners were Jane Buckley from Leevale AC and Eoin Quirke from Carraig na bhFear AC.
One last glimmer of the runway?
TO the Leixlip 5km, or rather 5000m, contested on the Cheile track, the best time of the day came in the sixth and final race won by Eoin Molloy of Castlegar AC in 15 minutes 34 seconds.
Ian McManus of Celbridge AC was second in 16:17 and Niall Sheil of St Killian’s AC third in 16:35. The fastest woman was Emily Grennan of Tullamore Harriers in 18:13. In the fifth race, master athlete Anne Gilshinan of Slaney Olympic clocked 18:15.
In the USA
A large contingent of Irish athletes lined up for their American colleges at the coast-to-coast battle of Beantown, hosted by Boston College at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts, Saturday, September 25.
In a quality women’s 5km, Laura Mooney of Tullamore Harriers was eighth in 17: 20.8; Orla O’Connor of Waterford AC was 27th in 17: 42.9, Nadine Donegan of Tullamore Harriers was 51st in 18: 14.5, Sorcha McAllister of Westport AC 76th in 18: 28.5 and Alex O’Neill d’Ennis TC 88th in 18 : 37.1.
In the men’s 8 km, David McGlynn of Waterford AC was 25th in 24: 53.8.
TO Ted Owen cross country, held during Hamilton College in New Britain, Connecticut, also on Saturday, Grace Dervan of Tallaght AC was eighth in 19 minutes 1 second.
Ecotrail Wicklow does a lot of shopping
International mountain runner Kate Cronin of Raheny Shamrock AC joined the exclusive club of women who have won overall races when she came first the 19km at Ecotrail Wicklow, held on Saturday September 25.
Two years ago, during the last edition of Ecotrail Wicklow, Cronin finished second in the general classification of this race. “I definitely came out stronger than expected this year with the leading group. It started to spread after nine out of ten kilometers and then I took the lead. Cronin’s time of 1:34:42 saw him finish nearly a minute ahead of Kieran James, who was the first man in 1: 35.36.
International orienteer Ruairi Long won the 28 km which included an ascent of Pain de Sucre in 2: 29.31. “When we got to Bray Head and took in the view, then we came back to the finish,” he said. The first woman was Roisin Montague in 3: 0943.
The first home of the 45km was international mountain runner and marathoner Barry Minnock, who has suffered his fair share of injuries in recent years and was delighted to win in 4: 18.12. “I’m getting older and slowing down now, so any victory is welcome!” Minnock was also the first M40.
Darren Foley was second in 4: 19.31 and Damien Byrne third and second master in 4: 25.07. The first woman was Niamh Marrs in 5: 08.50. She was followed by Ruth Candon in 5: 29.52 and Mary Keenan in 5: 23.51.
Over the 80 km, Gavin Byrne’s time of 7:53:41 was a new course record for a course that ventured to Vartry Reservoir in Roundwood and took two circuits of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Ecotrail 80km for ultra-runners
Dublin-based Byrne has represented Ireland at the IAU Trail World Championships and won Irish ultras such as the Kerry Way Ultra 200km and Glendalough Clover. In May 2019, he set a new 15 hours 4 minutes 30 seconds record for the Wicklow Round, breaking a month-old record by over an hour.
He finished fourth in the 29km Ecotrail Wickow in 2019. He was happy with his race and the record. “I did not expect that.”
Richard Power was second in 8: 17.33 and Malachy Kirwan third in 8: 18.16.
American ultra runner Rebecca Hormann, who graduated with a master’s degree from Ireland, was the first of six women to complete the course. She finished 13th overall in 9: 08.32 and was closely followed by Julie McNamee, 14th overall and first W40 in 9: 10.28. Nicola Soraghan was third and 17th overall in 9: 11.57. Of the 128 starters, 103 completed the course.
A total of 899 started over the four distances, all of which started and ended on the Bray waterfront in Co Wicklow, with the 80km runners at 7am. The routes – depending on the distance – took place in the Kilruddery and Powerscourt Estates, looping around Little and Great Sugarloaf Mountains, with a 80 km route venturing to the village of Roundwood via the Wicklow Way .
Hard time for Hanna in the hills
Zak Hanna was in Ascain (or Basque Country) in France for The Skyrhune, the last qualifying race of the Golden Trail World Series, Saturday 25 September.
With a temperature of 28 ° C in the shade, the conditions were difficult for the 21km race with 1700m of vertical drop. Hanna started well, finishing 14th at checkpoint 4 but falling back to 21st at checkpoint 9 and 27th at checkpoint 12, which he reached in 60 minutes and 21 seconds. He quit shortly after.
In front, the Spanish athlete Jan Margarit Solé, used to the conditions, set a new course record in 1h52.