After a fairly keenly contested race for 2nd place I managed to hold off Jason Reid by the skin of my teeth but there was no catching the man in form at the moment, Turlough Conway who is flying, in preparation for the Rotterdam Marathon
|In hot pursuit of Eoin. Getting used to this view!|
6 days later I was heading back up the Dublin road for something a little different in donadea Forest Park. Ten 5k loops was the order of the day and the start list indicated that, for me it would be as much a social get together with some running buddies, as it was a race. John O'Regan, John Byrne, Daniel Doherty, Keith Whyte, Gerry Duffy, Eoin Keith, Thomas Bubendorfer, Jeff Fitzsimons, Jarlath Hynes and Tony Brennan were all there along with other familiar faces that I hadn't previously had the pleasure of meeting, like Barry Minnock, Rob Cummins, Jim McCormack, Vasiily Neumerzhitskiy and Mick Rice. So there was plenty of top quality runners towing the line.
|The Pacer and the group at the start|
John Byrne ran a great race and a very fast time of 3.07 to take the Irish 50k Championship title with Barry Minnock 3 minutes behind and David Simpson less than 2 minutes back in 3rd.
Here's some nice pictures of the day's events courtesy of Paul Daly.
Results are Here
|Me and Eoin deep in thought!|
|Jim McCormack and John O'Regan|
|Winner John Byrne|
|Ladies winner, Charlotte Kearney and Thomas Bubendorfer|
|Ronan O'Reilly and Jarlath Hynes|
|Fresh from his 7 marathons, 7 continents in less than 5 days, Richard Donovan|
|Tony Brennan keeping an eye on proceedings|
|Done and dusted!|