Best of luck to all of the club runners taking taking part in this Monday’s women’s mini marathon. Everyone is meeting at 1.30PM at Lesson Street gate entrance of Stephens green. The weather forecast is great so it’s sure to be an enjoyable race.
Tuesday May 22nd was a good night for the club as both the men’s and women’s took home the 1st place team trophies at the Enfield 5K. A popular race in the Meath race series the Enfield 5K has been well attended by Sportsworld club members for some years now. This year was no exception. Why is the race so popular? there is always a great summer atmosphere, a nice post race spread and a PB friendly 5K course. The course itself has a few modest hills but with only two major turns in the entire race you are almost guaranteed to have a good run. Despite a chaotic start that slowed everyone down the race was very enjoyable. Full results below. 3 Pal Duffy Sportsworld M MS 256 15:35 8 Phil Kilgannon Sportsworld M MS 252 15:54 13 Gareth Murran Sportsworld M MS 103 16:00 22 Gavin Finlay Sportsworld M MS 50 16:34 38 Michael Cunningham Sportsworld M MS 34 16:55 40 Damian Kelly Sportsworld M MS 70 17:00 60 Anthony Ryan Sportsworld M MS 152 17:44 64 Conor Butler Sportsworld M MS 17 17:53 65 Nigel Burke Sportsworld M M45 221 17:57 69 Conor Tully Sportsworld M MS 273 18:01 75 Jean Wilson Sportsworld F FS 303 18:06 102 Aoife Brady Sportsworld F FS 243 18:49 107 Lucy Darcy Sportsworld F F40 128 18:57 119 Catriona Higgins Sportsworld F FS 255 19:14 127 Olivier Privat Sportsworld M M40 111 19:20 * Thanks to Trim AC for the photo…
A busy week of racing kicked off a bank holiday Monday with a trip down to Gowran on May 7th. Less than an hour from Dublin, Gowran is internationally known for its picturesque racecourse, Gowran Park. A nice course with a few climbs around the 1.5K lap. We had a strong team going down with Paul , Michael , Gavin, Damien, Kevin and Gareth. The ladies were represented with Amy, Anna, Catriona and Susan. Unfortunately this year we didn’t have a masters team in either the mens of women’s race. Paul finished 5th in the mens race but was unfortunately was later disqualified as he had finished 2nd last year. This moved the team down from 2nd to 3rd. Susan finished 2nd overall leading the ladies team to 3rd spot also. Thanks to Gavin for the photos. The full results 2 1778 Susan McDonnell Sportsworld Novice Women Dublin 11.25 6 1780 Catriona Higgins Sportsworld Novice Women Dublin 11.47 22 1779 Anna Delaney Sportsworld Novice Women Dublin 13.21 31 1781 Amy Fitzgerald Sportsworld Novice Women Dublin N.T 9 1769 Gareth Morran Sportsworld Novice Men Dublin 20.29 (Dublin Gold) 16 1772 Micahel Cunningham Sportsworld Novice Men Dublin 20.51 18 1776 Gavin Finley Sportsworld Novice Men Dublin 20.58 27 1773 Damien Kelly Sportsworld Novice Men Dublin 22.13 28 1775 Gavin Curran Sportsworld Novice Men Dublin 22.19
Myself and Phil made our annual trip outside the Pale for the 5 Mile Road Race organised by Fr. Murphy Athletic Club in aid of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society on Saturday 17th March. Local running celebrity Paul Duffy joined us along with Meath runner Peter Mooney to make up a Sportsworld team. Despite being a little over an hour from Dublin the journey took longer than expected with tractors, ploughs and all varieties of combine harvesters beeping their horns and blocking the roads around Trim and Athboy for the St Patricks day celebrations. Despite the diversion we arrived in a deserted Kildalkey village with 45 minutes to spare. Only the local pub was open so we took refuge from the torrents of water and watched some of the parade on the TV. All was going well, until about 12.30pm when a heavy shower moved in and refused to move out. The flat course had been bone-dry but the Baskinagh Highway ended up being the Baskinagh Canal with a lot of standing water and pot holes you risked loosing more than a shoe in. The race kicked off at 14:00 meeting at Kildalkey Parish Hall. 127 lined up for the race, the first in the 2012 Meath series. A group of 10 or so runners were grouped closely for the first 3 miles and then things started to spread out a bit. The 3rd mile brought us off road into a local trail for 3/4 of a mile. It wasn’t until the last mile that the rubber hit the road. Going into the race looking to keep the gap between myself and the lads down to 30-40 seconds I was delighted to be [...]
Race report from Tony Ryan from Ballycotton A sunny, if a little cool and windy, day greeted the participants of the 35th annual Ballycotton 10 road race, held in the East Cork town on Sunday 4th March. A sizeable contingent of Sportsworld runners and supporters made the trek to the rebel county to test themselves on this “classic race at a classic distance”. The route starts with a two mile stretch out of the town, largely flat and downhill, followed by a fairly flat loop of approx 4 miles, and finishes with the starting 2 mile stretch back into the town, where runners need to dig in to tackle the incline. Over 2,600 runners completed the race, with Clonliffe Harriers’ Sergiu Ciobanu romping home to victory again with over a minute to spare in a time of 49.20. The first lady home was Letterkenny’s Maria McCambridge who came home in a time of 54.48, which compares favourably to the 1985 winning time of 56.00 set by our very own Emily Dowling. First Sportsworld runner home on the day was Conor Butler, who took the first team spot from Kieran Foley in the last half mile. Results (gun time, not chip time) for the 13 Sportsworld RC runners below. Place # Name Club/City/Country Class Result 173 3483 Conor BUTLER Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:03:28 184 1696 Kieran FOLEY Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:03:40 193 1697 Anthony RYAN Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:03:57 299 3375 Lucy D’ARCY Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:06:32 332 3391 Ruth KELLY Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:07:12 336 3548 William GREENSMYTH Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:07:15 463 3447 Stephanie BERGIN Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:09:47 744 3195 Enda MCMORROW Sportsworld RC 10 Mile 1:15:10 755 610 [...]