Early on Saturday November 26th the Sportsworld teams set off for 7 days of activity in Lanzarote. The annual trip to Lanzarote for the four day International race challenge was finally here. There was no time to ease into our week at Club La Santa this year as races started the following morning. Most of the Sportsworld contingent arrived en masse on Saturday evening. Packie even flew in from Cork sporting a stylish November moustache. Your first night in a strange room is always difficult but when the alarm went off at 6.30 AM on Sunday morning there was no mistaking that it was time for our first few laps around the track. It’s become standard practice for the lad’s room to do 2 miles of the track first thing in the morning before each race. It’s a custom that was handed down by Ed a few years back and has since stuck. A quick easy run works to loosen up the legs and get the body fired up. On the morning of the first race we went to collect our numbers. Arriving back to the room I learned that Paul Duffy has been given race number 1. As if Paul needed more encouragement, being number one added even more to his determination to get one over on the Danes. The large Sparta club from Copenhagen have finished top dog in the race s for the past few years. The 2009 champion is now one of Denmark’s top international runners. The first morning’s race is a 10K on a modest course. Two laps around Club La Santa starting and ending on the track. You run on asphalt roads toward the villages of La Santa and [...]
Well done to all those who ran the Dublin City Marathon today. Lots of amazing performances and great pb’s today. The standout performance of the day has to go to Phil who ran a new club record of 2:33:31. Phil finished 34th in a top class field. Incredible stuff. He might make it to London yet. Watch National Lottery Dublin Marathon on RTE Player http://bit.ly/uMlwQU Full results below. Phil Kilgannon 2.33 Paul O’Connell – 2.43 Ed Mc Entee – 2.53 Lucy Darcy – 3.05 Ruth Kelly – 3.10 Joe Byrne – 3.15 Jakub Splawski – 3.27 Orla Jordan – 3.29 Louise Bruton – 3.32 Enda Mc Morrow – 3,48 David Grimes – 4.01 Dave Trimble – 4.06 Killian Mc Morrow – 4.09 Ray Carpenter – 4.15 Claire Harrington – 4,26 Claire Finnegan – 4,27
Better late than never the results of the summer race series are available. Race Series Mens and Race Series Ladies results can be downloaded.
Dublin’s Phoenix Park played host to the annual Frank Duffy 10 mile road race. As always, any Phoenix Park race will a be challenging test of stamina, fitness and speed. This race also doubles up as the Dublin 10 mile Championship and, as ever, Sportsworld were again in the medals. Congratulations then to our; Men’s Senior Team – Senior Silver – Phil Kilgannon, Paul O’Connell and Paul Duffy Ladies Senior Team – Senior Silver – Caitriona Jennings, Lucy Darcy, Stephanie Bergin, Ruth Kelly Men’s Masters Team – Bronze – Conor Kenny, Enda McMorrow, Killian McMorrow, Sean O’Byrne Ladies Individual – Senior Silver – Caitriona Jennings Ladies Individual Masters – Silver – Lucy Darcy
Conditions were good for the 2011 National Half Marathon which took place this past Saturday in Waterford. The event had a record entry of over eight hundred taking part. Apart from a few heavy showers in the last few miles the conditions were favorable for a distance event. The club had good representation with our senior mens team putting in some fantastic individual and team performances to narrowly miss out on 3rd place in the team event. Finishing 4th they were just over half a minute behind Raheny in 3rd. Paul O’Connell lead them home running the fastest half marathon by any club member in recent times. Paul finished in 70:18. That’s an incredible 5:21 per mile. Well done to Paul, Phil and Paul Duffy who finished shortly behind Paul. Our ladies team did well to finish 7th. Our masters men finished 8th overall in a competitive competition. Overall victory on the day went Sean to Heir of Rathfarnam/WSAF Athletic Club who had what turned out to be a comfortable victory. Congratulations to Sean on his excellent achievement. Ava Hutchinson of Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club won the women’s national title in her first race over the distance- finishing in 74:30. Paul O’Connell-1:10:18 Phil Kilgannon-1:10:50 Paul Duffy-1:11:14 Karol Cronin-1:15:27 Michael Cunningham-1:15:49 Kieran Foley-1:21:13 Joe Byrne-1:23:57 Lucy Darcy-1:25:49 Ruth Kelly-1:28:24 Stephanie Bergin-1:29:17 Ciara Foster-1:31:00 Phillip Kerr-1:34:12