McCambridge queen of Fingal

by Stephen Findlater

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC’s Maria McCambridge comfortably recorded her second Airtricity Dublin Race Series title of the summer, winning in the Fingal 10k time of 33.0 in front of the picturesque Swords Castle last Sunday morning.

McCambridge won’t be in a position to make in three in a row at next month’s half-marathon in the Phoenix park, however, as she is off to Moscow to represent Ireland in the marathon at the world championships.

As with the five mile in the Phoenix Park earlier in the series, McCambridge looked very comfortable coming over the line. She finished a good 1.12 minutes ahead of second placed Gladys O’Neill – who also used to run with DSDAC – while Eilish Kelly was the third woman home in a time of 35.28.

The sun stayed away to the relief of the runners, and there was almost a cool breeze for the over 2,400 runners, joggers and walkers who took part in what was only the second Fingal 10k.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar laced up for the race, finishing in a respectable 51.39.

Another finisher who got a big cheer when he came over the line was Peter Flynn, father of Dublin Footballer and Swords /Fingallians man Paul Flynn, who finished in 1.16.34.

The All-Star was an avid spectator waiting on the finish line for his father while there was also a large contingent from the Fingallians club both in the race and also helping as volunteers.

On the men’s side, Clonliffe’s Stephen Scullion produced a superb performance to ease his way to the title, showing a clean pair of heels to Paddy Hamilton and Robbie Matthews. He completed the course in 30.14 minutes, 43 seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Elsewhere, Templeogue’s Nadia Power was in winning form at the Woodies DIY National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore over the weekend.

Power, who is fresh from her European Youth Olympic Festival campaign where she finished a brilliant fifth, lined up in the girls 1,500m in Tullamore on Sunday and dominated the field recording the fastest time of the day in 4.42.03.

DSDAC’s Jade Leahy finished second in the U-19 girls 200m and Mollie Hourihan was second in the U-13 girls long jump. Sarah Torrans and Katie Berney were also finalists in the 200’s finishing fourth.

In Saturday’s relays, the club’s U-18 boys took gold in the 4×400 while their U-17 4×100 counterparts landed silver.

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