Rathfarnham’s Scanlon second in the Raheny 5

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By Lindie Naughton

All roads led to north Dublin on Sunday, where the 40th Raheny 5-Mile had attracted a capacity entry of 5,000 from clubs all over the country.

From the start,  Ryan Creech of Leevale AC, who had won the race a year earlier, was clearly a man on a mission and very quickly was out on his own.

He came home a clear winner in 23 mins 58 secs – five seconds slower than his winning time of a year earlier.

Second in 24:30 was David Scanlon of Rathfarnham WSAF AC, while third in 24:32 was John Paul Williamson. First junior was Mahad Mohamed Egaal of Clonliffe Harriers 20th overall in 25:35.  First home of a stunning 91 senior teams was Clonliffe Harriers, with Annadale Striders second and Rahney third. Raheny won the over 40 team category, with Rathfarnham WSAF second and  Blackrock third.

In the women’s race, Shona Heaslip of An Ríocht AC proved the class of the field winning in 26:12.  First Dublin club  athlete home was Catherina Mullen of MSB AC in 27:18.

With Faye Dervan sixth, Orla Duffy seventh and Sorcha McAllister 12th, DCH took the senior team prize  ahead of  Raheny and DSD; a  total of 75 teams were included in this category.  A further 54 teams were registered in the W40 category where Raheny were the winners ahead of Sportsworld and Blackrock

In the men’s  masters categories Fionn Griffin of Blackrock AC was first M45,  and Eddie Coyle of Tallaght AC first M75, while cheered all the way to the line was Paddy Beauchamp of host club Raheny Shamrock who finished first M80.

Of the women masters,  Dublin winners were  Raheny’s Fiona Roche W40,  Mary Brown of Lucan Harriers W65, Josie Power of Dublin Bay RC W70 and Raheny’s June Comiskey W75.

A total of 4,270 finished what was the first big road race of the year, with virtually every Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare club and running group represented as well as clubs from the rest of Leinster, Ulster, Munster, and Connacht.

An honoured guest on the day was former Raheny Shamrock AC club president Nick Corish, now in his 100th year.

Completing a complete set of 40 Raheny 5 races were longtime Raheny club members Bob Quinn and Steven Rowe.

All in all, a great day, with ‘the Shamrocks’ also celebrating the recent acquisition of a new and permanent home based in a reconditioned church very close to its previous HQ in a scouts den.

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