Clonliffe Harriers David Flynn crosses the finish line at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series half marathon in the Phoenix Park

Clonliffe Harriers Athletics Club’s David Flynn claimed first place in this year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon in a time of 1.06.21.

He led home a field of 9,000 runners in the Phoenix Park, coming home over three minutes ahead of Star of the Sea Athletic Club’s Eoin Callaghan.

He made it back onto the podium this year, finishing in second place in a time of 1.09.41 and he was followed by Italo Giancaterina who crossed the line in 1.12.06.

Speaking after the race, Flynn said; “I took off at a good pace; there were some downhills and some nice flat parts so I really pushed the pace from the beginning, held it until about ten miles and then let loose for the last three miles.

“That is a personal best time for me so I am happy with that. My debut marathon will be the Dublin Marathon which is coming up, I couldn’t be happier with how today went and my preparation [for the marathon] so far.”

Flynn has recently completed 16-days in Morocco doing some altitude training, learning his craft for the longer distances as he looks forward to testing himself further in the coming months.

“I really felt strong going up the last hill which I had been worried about and finished strong.

“For the marathon, I really can’t tell you waht my target is but I want to be competitive in a national championship and run a good time.

In the women’s race, Dunboyne Athletic Club’s Emilia Dan crossed the finish line first place with a time of 1.24.10, followed closely by Shirley Coyle in second with a time of 1.24.12 and Jill Horan in third with a time of 1.25.01.

The SSE Airtricity Half Marathon is always an important fixture as it marks the end to the SSE Airtricity Race Series and brings us close to the main event, the 2018 Dublin Marathon on October 28.

This year, it will mark and celebrate female participation, linking with the nationwide commemoration of Vótáil 100.

Constance Markievicz, a key campaigner for Irish women’s voting rights, will appear on the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon finishers medal.