ATHELTICS: Lucan Harriers 5-mile

by Aaron Dunne
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MORE than 200 children took part and created a wonderful atmosphere as Lucan Harriers held their annual five-mile race, with Dunboyne AC landing a famous double.

Peter Somba was first home in the men’s event, while Laura Buckley took the spoils in the women’s race.

More than 80 club members lined the route as stewards, many of whom had completed the five-mile course the previous Thursday evening in preparation.

 Within the first mile it became a three-horse race, Mick Clohisey, Irish Olympian of Raheny Shamrocks, Somba of Dunboyne AC and David Scanlon WSAF Rathfarnham led it out, but just before the 4-mile mark Mick and Peter opened a gap on David Scanlon and the two pushed on from there.

On reaching the track we had a thrilling finish to the Lucan 5miler. Peter catching Mick with about 120 metres to go and then holding on for victory in a sprint for the line. Somba’s time was 25 mins 5 secs, with Clohisey just one second behind, what a finish to a great race, the course record is safe for another year. David maintained a fantastic effort and finished 3rd in a very impressive time of 25.27.

In the ladies race we had Laura Buckley competing the double for our neighbours in Dunboyne in a fantastic time of 30.38, winning by a 55sec gap a strong run by Aisling O Connor of Rathfarnham in a time of 31.33.

 giving her a silver position, our own very popular Club member Breda Smyth got the last podium position in a time of 34.39.

In a closely fought men’s team competition, Lucan Harriers team of Cillian Murphy 11th, Alex O’Brien 18th, and Will Byrne 21st, won the team event, doing the double were the Lucan Harriers Ladies team comprising Breda Smyth 3rd, Ana Barbu 4th and Anne Whelan 7th.

   Other Dublin running clubs represented included Donore Harriers, Civil Service AC, Crusaders AC, Love2Run AC, Sanctuary Runners, Polish Runners Club Ireland, Esker Running Group, Blackrock AC and Wolfpack.

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