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Dublin City Council St Anne’s Races 2014

Dublin City Council St Anne’s Races 2014

Dublin City Council /BHAA St Anne’s Races 2014

Saturday 5th April

For many years now, the annual spring Dublin City Council BHAA races have taken place in the beautiful park of St Anne’s, Raheny. Former estate of the Guinness family bought by the then Dublin Corporation and its estate transformed into a beautiful and many facetted park.

In addition to the DCC BHAA races there for past 16 years, there is now an early Saturday morning “parkrun” and occasional trail runs. As one would expect local club Raheny Shamrock AC train there and also host several races. It includes its former Olympic marathon runners, Dick and Pat Hooper. Mary Cullen and Derval O Rourke have also trained there. So the park makes a big contribution to athletics.

Indeed it is significant that Dublin Corporation Runners Club were among the set up group of the Business Houses Association in 1979. One of those “Corpo” stalwarts was John (Gerry) O Reilly who also went on to be a key man in the Dublin City Marathon. His son Coilín is one of the main men in organising DCC races. Another key Council man is Jim Kelly who with Eamonn Coghlan relaunched the return to the city centre of the St Patrick’s Festival 5K.

There are two races on a flat and fast course. The shorter 2 miles (11.00 a.m) is usually the preserve of women but its open to men. Similarly the longer 4 mile race (11.30 a.m) while dominated by men is open and in fact last year Maria Mc Cambridge ran. She went on to better things in winning the Dublin City Marathon. Kate O Neill and Brian Maher were the respective winners last year. One wonders will they defend their trophies?

The race will include in their distinctly dark blue coloured T shirts, the Lord Mayor 5 Alive Team. Around 200 runners signed up to run in five races as part of a fitness improvement programme and this will be their last race. Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn will run with them. As an accomplished triathlete he has demonstrated impressive times in the past 4 races. Hats off to him for keeping fit in the midst of a busy schedule.

There will be refreshments afterward in St Paul’s College and the famous quiz before the presentation of race prizes by the Lord Mayor. In summary this is a beautiful park with a flat fast course with a lot to attract runners of type.
DCC/BHAA races St Anne’s Park. Race HQ St Paul’s College, Sybil Hill Rd, Fee € 15 and € 10 BHAA members.
Another race to look out for in St Anne’s park will be the Battle of Clontarf Brian Boru 10 mile, incorporating the Leinster Senior Championship on Easter Monday 21st April @ 10.00 a.m.