As some people have been querying, it’s now possible to download entry forms for the 2010 Ballycotton 10 Road Race here. The first 2500 postal entries opened will be automatically accepted. These spots go like the proverbial hot cakes. AAI registered runners will be accepted by post up to and including Tuesday December 15th. Click here for full entry procedures. It will be 33rd edition of this classic race and Sportsworld has been well represented at it throughout the years. School books of Irish folklore have been updated with the epic battle of a certain husband and wife back in 1984. Way back then, when Miami Vice first beamed into our lives on the small screen, John Treacy picked up silver in the marathon at the LA Olympics and Star Trek III – The search for Spock hit the silver screen, this competitive duo left Dublin and hiked to east cork and lined up with the good and great of Irish athletics. They stood side by side (playing elbows) on the start line. The wife was feeling confident as she hummed Cyndi Lauper’s new No.1 “Girls just wanna have fun”. But it was the husband who first stormed up through the fishing village, over the crest of the hill to the finish line in 56.13 followed by his better half in 57:42. After not talking the whole way home the poor lady had to endure months of gloating across the kitchen table – pass the salt….ahh to slow! So in 1985, Emily Dowling lined up again and ran a stunning 56:00, knocking 13 seconds off Mick’s time to get a classic Dowling time!
Frank Duffy 10 mile 2009 Well, looking out the window at 8 o’clock saturday morning I was not envious of my red army brothers and sisters setting out on their 10 mile challenge. As they lined up however on the start line to do battle the clouds parted biblically (work with me) and the sun came out to warm the backs of the 6000 hearty souls taking to task on the day. A strong sportsworld mens team had clear intentions to take a medal in the Dublin Championship. Some of the girl’s finest were also present. Kildare’s finest export since Jack L, Paul O’ Connell lead the way for Sportsworld continuing his rich vein of form. With only 2 Irishmen ahead of him, Paul powered his way to fifth in a superb 53.38, leaving guys he peviously was packing with in his wake. He is closing in on the elite men week by week. Next in was westmeath’s finest export since Joe Dolan. Paul ‘Duff Man Duffy’, another man in a rich vein of from continued his successful summer with a brilliant 57.05, finishing in 21st. Paul again is going shoulder to shoulder with guys, previously minutes ahead of him. Next in was the ever green Trevor ‘silver tongue’ Sweeney. The veteran was well up in the over 35′s coming in just a shade behind Paul in 57.28, 24th place. He may have even pipped Paul had he not stopped to chat to a blond bysander in the last mile. Gareth Murran was fouth man in, breaking the hour comfortably in 59.33. Having displayed huge potential on the track during the summer, this will have served as a good base for him to build up [...]
A big congratulations to Ed McEntee who came home in 6th place in the Marathon at the World Masters Athletics Championships in a stunning time of 2.43.41! For the past two weeks in Lahti, Finland the World Masters has been taking place with the event concluding with the marathon last Saturday. Continuing an excellent season for Sportsworld competitors, with Helen White representing Ireland in the World Mountain Championships and Aoife Brady taking home a Bronze medal from the National T&F in recent weeks, Ed ran a strong race on a warm morning in the surroundings of Lake Vesijärvi to come in behind Russia’s Sergey Perminov who took the marathon win in 2.30.27. Full results. Also this weekend is the Adidas Frank Duffy 10 mile in the Phoenix Park. Online entry is still possible but from newspaper reports last week the event is a near sell out……6000 expected to line up! If you are not running come out and support the club as we’ll be fielding strong men’s and women’s teams and the club usually has a high turn out of runners at this event. If you are entered wear your club singlet or if you need a singlet see Emily or Mick at training this week. Also if there is some interest we may look at organising going out for a bit of food & drink on Saturday night to replenish your bodies supplies after a hard mornings racing!
131 D’ARCY, Lucy – 01:01:54 (5th Place!!!)203 GREENSMYTH, William – 01:04:47274 HORGAN, Kathleen – 01:06:41282 O’BRIEN, Eoin – 01:06:47457 WILLOUGHBY, Stephen – 01:10:03499 MCMORROW, Patrick Killian – 01:10:41625 McMORROW, Enda – 01:12:59694 HIGGINS, Ann – 01:13:23831 LLOYD, Trevor – 01:15:501043 MCGANN, Ruth – 01:18:341154 LLOYD, Judith – 01:20:101347 MELODY, Aileen – 01:23:191691 COSGRAVE, Derry – 01:28:241826 MCGANN, Tony – 01:30:33 Full Results: http://www.ballycottonrunning.com/FullResult20091.htm
Congratualations to all Sportsworld runners who competed in todays race. Lucky the rain held off until the end of the event. The ladies won the team race and are now 2008 dublin 10 mile champions. The men’s team finished in 4th, but i’m still waiting for the complete results since i think it was very close for 3rd. 19 Paul O’Connell (No. 1273) MS 16 00:56:25 00:56:3027 Edward Mcentee (No. 156) M40 3 00:56:59 00:57:0347 Michael Cunningham (No. 3004) MS 26 00:59:04 00:59:0977 Paul Duffy (No. 2435) MS 39 01:01:49 01:01:53165 Jakub Splawski (No. 682) MS 84 01:05:26 01:05:39291 Edel Madigan (No. 3386) FS 16 01:09:59 01:10:21341 Orla Jordan (No. 127) FS 22 01:11:10 01:11:46360 Sean Sweeney (No. 2189) M45 23 01:11:57 01:12:10362 Colin Mccarthy (No. 2612) MS 173 01:12:01 01:12:14363 Eoin O’Brien (No. 3223) MS 174 01:12:01 01:12:14384 Keith Fortune (No. 415) MS 184 01:11:56 01:12:34389 Stephen Willoughby (No. 943) M40 46 01:12:27 01:12:40505 Catherine O’ Neill (No. 1182) FS 41 01:14:28 01:14:45829 Ray Carpenter (No. 1615) M50 21 01:19:46 01:20:00877 Louise Bruton (No. 58) F35 21 01:20:10 01:20:461048 Aileen Melody (No. 2874) F45 12 01:22:45 01:23:212079 Laurence Delair (No. 2191) M35 322 01:38:07 01:39:24 Let me know if I missed any names from the list above. The full results are here.