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NCF Floodlights CC 26 March 2008

NCF Floodlights CC 26 March 2008

Hello again,

We had a very interesting race at Malahide Rugby Club on Wednesday night.  It was very cold, yet we had over 150 runners for this innovative event. 

Overall, I think people enjoyed it.  Clearly, a lot of effort went into the organisation and Paul Barnwall and colleagues from North County Farmers deserve great praise and our thanks for putting on their second race of the cross-country season.  As usual, they did a massive amount of work to give us this race.  Click on "read more"….

Terry McConnon (Marsh Ireland) showed his speed by winning in a sprint finish by a small margin with David Byrne (KIT) in second and David Carrie (An Post) in third.  Lorraine Manning (Garda) returned from a strong run in the World Police cross-country championships recently to take first prize in the women’s category.  Sonya O’Connell (Blackrock Clinic) was second and Mags Greenan (HSE) was third. 

Other prizes were given to every 10th runner from 10th place onwards.  There were no prizes for elegant tumbles at the last downhill "ramp" just before the finish but I thought that Nuala Reilly (Fair Gate Health Centre) and David Byrne (Dublin Bus) recovered their composure quite gracefully in going on to finish strongly.  I hope that they don’t have any bruises. 

An interested observer on the night was the President of the Athletics Association of Ireland, Mr Michael Heery, who was very complimentary about the race and the BHAA. 

Now it is over to the runners.  The BHAA committee is interested to get feedback from runners on all aspects of the event, so you can email me and I will compile a summary of opinions.  I guess that there will be some things that could easily be improved and some things not so easily improved.  Would it be worth putting on the calendar next year?  

That brings the curtain down on the cross-country season.  I will just have to amuse myself on the roads and track until the autumn. 

The next race will be our first road race of the year – the Dublin City Council road races at St. Anne’s Park, Raheny on Saturday 5th April 2008.  Two miles at 11.00am for women and four miles at 11.30am for men.  Registration at St. Paul’s School.  More details from Jim Kelly (2223200).  It will be an interesting occasion because both Paul Fleming (Irish Dairy Board) and Mary Hanley (Dept of Enterprise and Employment) will be aiming to make it three in a row, having won in 2006 and 2007.  

I hope to see you there.

The Editor