Government Services Race Report 2015
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It felt like Iten had come to Dunboyne on Tuesday evening for the annual running of the Government Services 5 miler. Freddie Sittuk is a familiar face nowadays in the Irish racing scene, with his Raheny colours, but Peter Somba and Lezan Kimutai are only recently establishing themselves and collectively this is likely to have been their first foray into BHAA racing.
The race was won in 23:22 by our aspiring Olympian marathoner, Mick Clohisey, making a welcome return to an environment he used to dominate, but the next 3 spots were occupied by Freddie, Peter and Lezan, with Freddie only ceding victory to Mick in the dying stages of the race, coming home in 23:27. Lezan placed 4th overall but also had the satisfaction of winning his age category, whilst Peter, who came third, also surprisingly displayed local GAA knowledge during the post-race quiz!
The race attracted large numbers, nearly 500, with a significant local participation encouraged by Dunboyne AC. Conditions were not quite as warm as last year. There was a fresh breeze (carrying the familiar farmyard perfumes (!), particularly in the first mile), but otherwise perfect for the competitors. The course itself is a full 5 mile loop with mainly left handed turns and high hedges, ending on the Dunboyne track. It is mostly flat, but a surprising number of us reported that our 4th mile was slower than each of the others, so there must have been some undulations in there somewhere…or maybe we just went off too fast!
The ladies race was won by local woman and frequent BHAA participant, Emilia Dan, in 30:43 and 86th place overall and she had a good winning margin over the next competitor, Catherine Kelly (31:22). Catherine, in turn, was only just in front of Pfizer’s Bronagh Rogers (31:27) who enjoyed a really strong second half to the race. 4th place went to last week’s beach race winner from Enniskillen, Tara Malone (32:03), currently temporarily working in the Dublin region and who displayed a strong finish on the Dunboyne track. It was good to see Maura Matthews, winner of her age category, enjoy an exceptionally good run in placing 5th in 32:09 motivated by bragging rights over her sister, AIB’s Dee Ni Chearbhaill (32:56), who also ran well and whose husband Sean Murphy (27:48) of Manufacturing improved his PB for the distance by a considerable margin.
There were other age category victories for the likes of Tom Cuddy, Vincent O’Neill, Terry Mee, Nuala Reilly and Mary Jennings. No BHAA event is complete without a sumptuous feast of cakes and biscuits, which the inhabitants of Dunboyne provided in great quantity (even providing gluten free eats as well).