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See more pictures on http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindie/sets/72157603704268562/, courtsey of Lindie.
We had a very successful race on Saturday last, a new cross-country race organised by Eircom and the E-commerce and Communications Credit Union at Cherryfield Park. The weather was relatively mild and with no rain for the duration of the race, so it was quite pleasant. The organisation was first class and organising team of Kevin Donoghue, Derek Quinn and colleagues deserve great praise for their efforts. Click on read more..
Registration was smooth, with laptop PCs being used to record the numbers issued to existing members. The handwritten process in use up to now generated a variety of transcription and data input errors that occasionally complicated the results, so hopefully this new method will streamline matters. We should also see improvements in results efficiency as more people sign up as full members instead of entering regularly as day members. The new race fee structure promotes that.
The overall turnout was lower than usual. I suspect that this is due partly to the fact that the Dublin Masters cross-country championships were held at the Phoenix Park on Sunday and I noticed quite a few of our usual runners at those races. Indeed I also noticed a number of runners who ran on both days – well done to them.
Race winner in the men’s race was Mark Hoey (Grassroots Landscaping) who exchanged the lead with Michael MacDiarmada (Designer) in the first couple of laps before pulling away on the fourth lap. Third was David Carrie of An Post, also the first vet.
Women’s winner was Adrienne Jordan (Teachers) who had a fair bit to spare over Lorraine Manning (Garda). Sonya O’Connell (Benildus Gym) managed to edge out Mary Hanley (Dept of Enterprise) for third. Mary was also first vet.
Some prizes were also sponsored by a new brand on the Irish market, Pearl Izumi and I gather that there will be more of these at future races. We are grateful to Gerard Kirwan of Pearl Izumi for these.
Full results in the attached pdf file.
There are pictures on the new BHAA website at www.bhaa.ie at the link below.
Note that I have included race numbers in the results spreadsheets so that you can recognise people.
Declan Horgan has also updated the individual leagues and these are now available on the website.
As I was leaving Cherryfield Park on Saturday, a man, who had been playing football with a young child while the races were going on, approached me (because of my hi-vis BHAA jacket) and asked “who pays you for your time?”. I told him that no-one paid us and that the entire production was put on by the voluntary efforts of race promoters, helpers, BHAA committee members etc. (Did you know that?) He said “amazing, fair play to you” and shook my hand. What occurred to me afterwards was: how many of the people who run in BHAA races and benefit from the efforts of race promoters would be willing to give a bit of help on days when they are not running due to injury etc? If you are ever at a loose end on the day of a race, there are loads of unseen jobs that need to be done before, during and after the races and there is always room for another pair of hands. There are some races where the panel of helpers is rather small so we may issue appeals for future races.
There is a three week gap now until the next races – the North County Farmers cross-country races at Swords on 2nd February 2008. More on that later.
Keep up the training.