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RTE 5 mile RR Saturday, 26 April 2008

RTE 5 mile RR Saturday, 26 April 2008

The organising committee at RTE, led by Niall Mathews, have again excelled themselves in the quality of the overall event that the put on for us on Saturday.  There were many people involved both out on the course or indoors at the registration, catering etc and we are very grateful to all of them.  I am sure that the very large attendance enjoyed the whole experience.  Click on "read more"…

As usual, the race start was on Ailesbury Road and Niall Mathews introduced this year’s starter, Alex Sweeney.  Alex was one of the founders of the BHAA and was also Race Director of the Dublin City Marathon for many years in the early days of the race. 





The winner of the men’s race, in a new course record of 24 minutes 29 seconds, was Vinny Mulvey (Irish Life and Permanent).  Vinny hit the front right from the start and had opened up a big gap on on the chasing group before going out onto Nutley Lane for the first time.  Last year’s winner, Paul Fleming (Irish Dairy Board), worked his way through the field to take second.  David Byrne (KIT) was third. 


In the women’s category, Annette Kealy (Lawyers) also had a comprehensive win.  Second was Kate O’Neill (Instant Communications) and Lorraine Manning (Garda) was third.  


1st Over 40 Eoin Brady (Teachers)

1st Over 45 Bobby Bedford (Cadbury Ireland)

1st Over 50 Paddy Parrott (DG Motors)

1st Over 55 John Todd (Cadbury Ireland)

1st Over 60 Michael Ferry (Garda)

1st Over 65 Tommy Armstrong (Viatel)

1st Over 70 Tadhg Twomey (Dublin Newspapers)


1st Over 35 Kathleen O’Callaghan (Irish Life and Permanent)

1st Over 40 Mary Watters (Watters Bus Hire)

1st Over 45 Fidelma Ayres (Dept of Justice)

1st Over 50 Mags Greenan (HSE)

1st Over 55 Theresa Kelloway (Bank of Ireland)

1st Over 60 Joan Coyle (Women’s Mini Marathon)

1st Over 65 Ann Woodlock (A. Collins & Co.)


The pdf file attached has full details of all the results. 


Peig Henry, Richard Dunne & Lorna Cowzer have uploaded some photos from the prize presentation onto a site and they can be seen at in the media gallery or by clicking on the "results" button on the home page.  In addition, one of the trustees of the RTÉ Superannuation scheme, Charles Byrne, took some pictures of the day and has uploaded them at www.superannrte.ie.  A password is required and it is "pension".  Thank you to Charles for making these available to us.




Before the prize-giving, there was a special presentation to John Todd.  John (working with Cadbury Ireland) has been a loyal BHAA member since the early 1980’s and has been successful up to international level over the years.  John continues to finish in the top positions in races and took first place in the Over 55 category again on Saturday. 


The prizes were presented by RTE weather presenter, Karina Buckley.  Needless to say, all prizewinners were delighted with this.  


Last year, there was a raffle in aid of Stride-Ethiopia, a small charity co-ordinated by an RTE member of staff, Mick Bourke.  Stride sponsors the activities of a running club in Ethiopia – see www.strideethiopia.com.  Mick gave us an update on the club’s progress and will welcome any donations that you can make. 




Declan Horgan, who compiles the league tables, announced that the summer league is now in progress.  League tables will be available on the website soon.  Declan announced that this league will be based on discarding two results, so a runner can afford to miss two races without suffering too much.  There are six men’s and two women’s leagues, with a fairly even number of runners in each one.  The standards are for quite a narrow band in each league so every runner has a good chance of doing well. 


Saturday’s race also incorporated a competition among the Financial Services organisations in the BHAA and I will circulate those results later. 


Next race:


The next race will be the first mid-week race of the season.  It will be the Social Welfare/Government Services/Diversity Awareness 5 mile road race at Dunboyne on Tuesday 6th May 2007 at 8pm.  Start making your arrangements to get off work early etc now.    


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Hope to see you at Dunboyne next week. 


The Editor