ATHLETICS: Dubs take titles at Great Ireland 10k

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By Lindie Naughton

Dublin clubs dominated the Great Ireland Run 10km, held in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday (April 14).

Crusaders AC, led by Andrea Rodina who finished fifth in the race, was first of the  men’s  teams, ahead of Donore Harriers and Raheny Shamrock AC, with Metro St Brigid’s AC fourth. Best of the women’s teams was AECOM, a corporate team, followed by Portmarnock AC and Dublin Front Runners, with D15 Running Club  fourth and third of the club teams.

Other Dublin club teams in action included Sportsworld,  Lucan Harriers, Coolock RC, Waterstown Warriors AC, Lusk AC,  Blackrock AC, Cherry Orchard AC and LSA AC.

First Dublin athlete home was Kane Collins (Donore Harriers)  who finished second behind race winner Aaron Hanlon of Drogheda and District AC.  Aisling O’Connor (Rathfarnham WSAF AC) was second woman, while first master was Helen Marshall (Portmarnock AC, W40).

Caitriona Cosgrave (also Portmarnock AC) was second  W45 and Patricia Clarke (Cherry Orchard RC) first W65, followed by Eileen Butler of Blackrock AC.

In men’s men’s master categories, first M40 was Ciaran Aylward (Rathfarnham WSAF AC ). Nick Lawlor (Metro St Brigid’s AC) was first M45, with Paul Cowhie (Crusaders AC) one place behind and first M60. Second M50 was Colin Fennelly (Portmarnock AC), while winning the M55 category was Colm Murray (Rathfarnham WSAF AC), with Paul MacGabhann (Sportsworld AC) second, and Michael Kehoe (Raheny Shamrock AC) third.  First M70 was Vinnie Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC). Third was Joseph Walshe (Phibsborough RC).

Rathfarnham WSAF’s Kevin Donagher was the winner of the Clongowes Wood  College 5km in Clane, Co Kildare  on Saturday (April 13) with a time of 16:57.  With venues for road races, increasing difficult to find in the greater Dublin area, Leorpardstown racecourse was the venue for the Grocers Fun Run 5km at Leopardstown race course in Dublin. Ciaran Connolly  (DSD AC) was the winner in 17:19 with Lea Fulcher  (Aldi) second in 17:39. First woman in  the 10km was Siobhan Eviston (Raheny Shamrock AC) in 38:30. The going was very definitley ‘soft’.

A record 78 turned out on Thursday evening for the McDonald Cup 4 Mile at Morton Stadium Santry – round 2 of the  Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. Race winner was Nosipho Mjiyako from Clonliffe Harriers, followed by Julian O’Connor  of Coolock AC and Bren Pollard of Clonliffe Fastest time of the night  was 21 mins 55 secs recorded by Anthony Brady of Coolock AC. Clonliffe dominated the women’s race with Aisling Andrews first home in 27.26, followed by Maura Mathews and Sinead McDermott.


Elizabeth Ndudi  who started her athletics areer as a bouncy seight year old with Dundrum South Dublin AC set a new national record of 6.68m  when finishing second in the long jump at the Gary Wieneke Memorial meet in Illinois on Saturday (April 14).

Ndudi was improving on the 5.56m jump that saw her win the European U20 title last summer and also adding six centimetres to Kelly Proper’s Irish record of 6.62m set in 2010. Still aged only 19, Ndudi’s big target this  season is the  World U20 Championships in Lima, Peru at the end of August. Olympic qualification is not beyond her reach if she can jump consistently over the next few months. The automatic qualifying mark is 6.86m.

Jess Tappin  (Clonliffe Harriers) won the 400 hurdles at the Bryan Clay invitational in Azusa, California  on Saturday (April 13) in a time of 57.02 secs, which is a Clonliffe club record. Only two  days earlier,  Tappin, who started her athletics career as a heptathlete, finished second in the 400 hurdles in a time of 57.56 at the Pacific Coast invitational, Long Beach, California. Tappin’s best time for the event is 55.89, a time she ran in 2022.

At the same meet,  Gavin Cougle, also Clonliffe,  got his outdoor season off to a good start clocking 10.89 in the 100m and 21.67 in the 200m. In the 1500m series of races held at the meet,  Sean Donoghue (DCH AC)  finished best of a trio of Irish athletes in3.41.02.


Finished second in the Seefin uphill/Irish European Champs trial 4km race in 17:24 was Killian Mooney (DSD AC), while fourth and first M40 was  Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock AC) in 18:04.

Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers, W35) proved the class of the women’s field winning by almost two minutes in 19:30. Two days later,  Mooney, a longtime member of the Irish mountain running team, won the longer Seefin Challenge 7km race with 350m climb in a time of  63 mins 10 secs. First woman was Celine Gavin (Donore Harriers) in 74:50, making it a Dublin double.


The  Irish Life Dublin Marathon, scheduled to take place on Sunday October 27 will again start and finish in the city centre despite calls from some members of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority to move it outside of the city entirely because of possible disruption to traffic. Start will be on Leeson Street Lower and  the finish on Mount Street Upper, with the course following a similar route to 2023. Last year’s race started in Fitzwilliam Square and finished in Merrion Square North.  

Richard Shakespeare,  who replaced Eoin Keegan as city manager a few months ago, has a lifelong interest in athletics. His late sister Dara Shakespeare, of the Dundrum South Dublin club, was many times Irish javelin champion and the holder of a number of Irish records.

Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) is just one of the Dublin club athletes selected for the mixed 4x400m and women’s 4x400m  squads  which compete in next month’s World Athletics Relays in Nassau,  Bahamas, where  Olympic selection isnat stake.  Also picked is Sophie Becker (Raheny Shamrock AC) for both squads and Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers) for the 4 x 400m mixed squad.

Caption: Happy finishers at Great Ireland 10km in the Phoenix Park!  Photo: MyRunResults
Helen Marshall (Portmarnock AC)  first W40. Photo: MyRunResults


Harriers score at Windmill Run 10K Dublin Championships

The Windmill Run took place on April 7, hosting the Dublin Men’s for the 3rd year and the 1st year of hosting the women’s 10K Dublin Championships. It was a very windy & hilly course.

Sinead Farrell ran a super 5k in 31.23. A small group of 6 from Lucan Harriers took part in the 10k Dublin Championship with great results. We had 5 category medal winners Derek Taylor  M40 silver, Will Byrne M50 gold ,Breda Smyth F50 silver, Mary Browne F60 gold, Eileen O Brien F65 gold. Damien O’ Sullivan (M45) had a brilliant run, but in a tough M40 category.

Our team of ladies won gold F50 Breda, Mary & Eileen.

Great hospitality after hosted by Garristown AC & the event very well organised. Beautiful gift prizes also presented by Garristown AC. Elsewhere, Lucan Harriers’ Anne McGrane completed the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra Marathon on Good Friday in a time of 10 hrs and 31 minutes. This is a 50 mile race (just over 80km) that follows the Trans Pennine Trail, the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey from Manchester to Liverpool.  Anne came 1st in her age category and was 44th lady in a field of 112 females.

She executed her race plan to perfection on the day and felt strong throughout.

Club colleagues Lorraine Heffernan and Bernie Stapleton travelled to support Anne and she described them as the best support team ever.

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