RTE Race report
Our two winners Gearoid O’Connor and Grainne Butler
We have come to expect an event with high standards and this year’s RTE race did not disappoint. Niall Mathews and his RTE colleagues put a lot of effort into the race and there were nearly 350 finishers. Our thanks to Niall, Terry Clarke, Jim Carraher, colleagues and families for their efforts.
The race starter was Paddy Craddock. Paddy is a long-standing BHAA runner, retired from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. He is the oldest member of that small band of runners who have completed every Dublin Marathon from its inception in 1980 (that’s 29 of them) and he celebrates his 74th birthday on Tuesday 5th May. Paddy was scrupulously honest in starting the race and did not give himself any advantage – indeed, he delayed himself as he had to hand the starting horn to a steward before he could proceed. No doubt the rousing applause that he deservedly got from the other runners helped him on his way. We wish Paddy good health and fitness in his aim to complete this year’s 30th Dublin Marathon. Click on "read more"…
The field didn’t hang around too long and quickly spread out with a small group taking up the pace. Paul O’Connell (IT contractor) pushed the pace for the first few laps and tried to shake off Gearoid O’Connor (Fannin Healthcare), Davy Byrne (KIT), Patrick Cassidy and Phil Kilgannon (Mistycroft). However, Gearoid made his move on the last lap and finished comfortably ahead.
In the women’s category, Grainne Butler (Therapist) took the honours ahead of Stephanie Bergin (AIB) and Siobhan Carroll (Dublin Hospitals).
Full results are in the attached pdf file. There are loads of photos on the BHAA website.
The prizes were presented by one of Ireland’s finest marathon runners, Dick Hooper. Dick won six national titles, with twenty years between the first (1978) and sixth (1998). He also won numerous Dublin Marathons, including the very first one in 1980. Dick is still a very active runner but concentrates on coaching many talented runners in Raheny Shamrock AC.
This year’s special award was presented to Mary Jennings. Mary is a teacher and has run for many years with the BHAA. She took first prize in the W50 category on Saturday too. Mary manages to run in most BHAA races each year, despite not being a car driver. This fact may account for the running abilities of her children and I know that two of Mary’s children, Emmet and Kian, have represented Ireland at Junior level in mountain running. Congratulations to Mary.
Saturday’s race was notable also for the presence of two over 80 runners. Brendan Earley and Nick Corish are in great shape and long may this continue. Indeed, Nick is quite close to his 85th birthday.
One thing that I noticed on Saturday was the number of people wearing headphones. While these may help you when training, I would urge runners not to use them in races. I noticed that several of these runners did not seem to hear announcements asking them to move to one side as they came close to the finish area. I know that some races prohibit the use of headphones for safety reasons. Maybe this will come to the BHAA too. Any views?
The next BHAA event will be the Trinity College track races on Thursday 14 May 2009 at 7pm. This is always a very enjoyable event on a very nice grass track in the centre of the city. There are lots of races (for members in different ranges of standards) – which means lots of winners. It is an opportunity for runners of many standards to win a race, an opportunity that rarely arises during the year. Put it in your diary. Sign up as a member on the BHAA website now and enjoy the event all the more. If you have spikes, bring them to the race but don’t worry if you don’t. Ordinary running shoes will do fine too.
After that, the Intel race will be 10km this year on Saturday 23 May 2009 at Leixlip.
Also, I am told that the date for the half marathon that was in the calendar I sent out last week was incorrect. The half marathon (incorporated into the Lifestyle Sports – adidas series) will take place on Saturday 26 September 2009, not 19th as shown in the calendar.
Bye for now.