Official opening of the marathon season – Irish Rally

Belfast, Galway and London put on some of the best marathons this weekend, while the Irish athlete has performed elsewhere as well. Lindie Naughton reports.

Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC and Fionnuala Ross of Armagh AC were the winners of the national marathon run in conjunction with Belfast City Marathon Sunday morning (October 3).

Clohisey had taken a clear lead midway through and finished in 2:20:42, regaining the title he won in 2018. Kyle Doherty of City of Derry AC, who finished in 2:22.48. and Colin Heron of Keep Er Lit Running third in 2: 27.25.

Ross of Armagh AC finished in 2: 43.43, pushed largely by Ciara Hickey of Brothers Pearse AC and Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers who finished second and third respectively in 2: 44.40 and 2: 45.03.

Irish talent at the London Marathon

In London, Sinead Diver of Belmullet in Co Mayo finished 12th woman in the london marathon in a time of 2: 27.16. Diver, a late athletics debutant who chose to run for her adopted home, Australia, when rejected by Irish coaches, has been a ‘regular’ in London for four years. Her fastest time of 2: 24.11 – her career best time – came in 2019 when she finished 7th. At the Tokyo Olympics last August, Diver finished tenth in 2: 36.14 despite the sweltering heat.

US-based Dylan Hassett was 20th in 2: 39.28 and runs for Leevale AC. In the men’s race, Eoghan Totten of Newcastle and District AC was 31st in 2: 26.08. In the 2019 Dublin Marathon, Totten clocked a time of 2:16:09

Patrick Monahan of Le Cheile AC in Co Kildare finished 11th in the wheelchair race with a time of 1: 35.58.

Ireland had a winner in London and it was Tommy Hughes of Strive AC who was the first M60 in 2: 30.46. His son, Eoin, finished just ahead of him in 2: 29.57.

Galway Bay Marathon not to be missed either

TO the galway bay marathon a day earlier on Saturday (October 2), Andrew O’Neill was the winner in 2: 36.20. The first woman in 3: 21.47 was Dolores Duffy of Watergrasshill AC, who was also the first W50.

In the associated half marathon, Greg Lundon of South Galway AC and Grainne Ni Uallachain of Galway City Harriers were the winners. Their times were 78:44 and 84:07.

The 10 km winner was Jake O’Regan of St John’s Clare AC in 29:32. O’Regan was pushed hard by Clonliffe Harriers’ Sergiu Ciobanu who was second in 29:49. The first woman was Edel Gaffney of Trim AC in 36:46. Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC was second in 38:15.

Four victories for Raheny at the truck stops

TO national road stops, held in the fall of this year rather than its usual spring date, host club Raheny Shamrock have won three of the four main titles.

The first to run were the Masters Women, where Newbridge AC led Raheny’s Zoe Quinn after the first one-mile stage. Former champions Finn Valley AC took the lead on the second two-mile stage, with Kate Purcell holding second place for Raheny.

The teams anchor was Sarah Quigley who ran in the elad and then held on for the victory on the final one mile stage. Finn Valley retained second place with Donore Harriers, supported by Florence Curley, third. Raheny also won the W50 title, with Adrienne Atkins, Patricia O Cleirigh and Annette Kealy making up the squad.

In the men’s U35 race, a Liffey Valley AC team of Ciaran Reilly, Peter Arthur and Lee Fulcher dominated the race from the start. Raheny was second. Donore Harriers won the M50 title with Clonliffe Harriers second.

Senior women race in the lead from the start

Next are the senior women where Siobhan Eviston made a great start for Raheny in the first mile. His lead was consolidated by Niamh Kearney on the two-mile middle stage. Lucy Barrett then drove the team home for the last mile, fending off the challenge of a solid Dublin City Harrier trio, anchored by international 800m athlete Nadia Power. Rathfarnham WSAF AC finished third. It was a first victory since 2010 for the Raheny women.

For the senior men’s race, teams of four started with a two-mile stage, followed by one mile, then three miles and finally a final mile.

Mitchell Byrne gave Rathfarnham WSAF an early lead on the first mile of the two-mile first leg, although Raheny’s Cillian Kirwan caught him on the change, with Clonliffe Harriers’ Jonny Whan in third place. Gavin Eccles started on the one mile lap with a five second lead and latched on to pass the baton to Kieran Kelly who extended Raheny’s lead to 40 seconds on the three mile stage.

It was left to Daniel Stone to bring the team home giving Raheny a fifth straight win in this race. Behind him, 2012 Olympian Mark Kenneally, back for Clonliffe, reshuffled Rathfarnham WSAF to give his team the silver medals.

Other participating clubs included Tallaght AC, Crusaders AC, Brothers Pearse AC, Lucan Harriers, Sportsworld and Sli Cualann.

Photo: Lindie Naughton

Cross-country skiing in Cork

East Cork AC’s Tim O’Donoghue won Cork’s senior cross country title at Carraigadrohid, Macroom on Sunday (October 3).

In a well-distributed field, O’Donoghue, who finished in 32 minutes 29 seconds, scored a notable victory over Ryan Creech of Leevale AC who finished in 33:10 and Liam Harris of Togher AC with a time of 34.11 .

Leevale, with all four riders finishing in the top seven, clearly won the tag team title ahead of East Cork AC and Togher AC.

Tim O’Donoghue wins his third senior cross country title in Cork. Photo: John Walshe

In the women’s category, Leevale took the first three places, with Lizzie Lee winning ahead of Niamh Moore and Victoire Cravatte.
Olympic rowing medalist Paul O’Donovan, running for Leevale AC, was 27th in the men’s.

Sarah Clarke of Na Fianna AC was the first for the women at the Meath Novice Cross Country Ski Championships on Saturday October 2nd.

Clarke took a clear victory over Dunboyne AC, Claire Ni Fhaircheallagh and Mairead Hogan. With Clodagh Dunphy seventh, Dunboyne won the tag team title ahead of St Brigid’s AC and Fr Murphy AC.

Winner of the title novice gentlemen was Eoin Smyth of Tara AC, with Aaron Getty of St Brigid’s AC second and Adam Caning of Rathkenny AC third Trim AC, led by Ronan Moore in fourth place, was the first team ahead of Bohermeen AC and Navan AC.

The winners of the U18 / junior races were Aaron Smith of Cilles AC and Ava Costello of Trim AC.

Hogan takes the loop

Nick Hogan from Cork won Canon Sheehan Loop (14 km, 480 m) at Glenanaar Forest, Ballyhoura, Co Cork on Sunday (October 3) with a time of 67 minutes 13 seconds. Tom Blackburn of Moreabbey Milers was second in 67:34. The first woman was Kealy Tideswell of Clonmel AC in 76 minutes 57 seconds.

Action in the United States

Youghal AC’s Fearghal Curtin finished second in the men’s 8km at the Chanticleer Challenge in Conway, South Carolina, on Friday October 1, Curtin’s time saw him finish one minute behind race winner Athanas Kiokoa who won in 23: 28.5; Curtin’s time was 24: 42.2. He led his new college Charleston Southern to a solid team victory, with six top-eight graduates.

TO the pre-national invitation of the DII in St Leo, Fla. on Saturday October 2, Faye Dervan of Tallaght AC, representing host college St Leo, finished second in the women’s 6k with a time of 21:33. Listowel’s Aoife Mahoney finished 29th in 23:57. In the men’s 8 km, Shane Bracken of Swinford AC was seventh in 25:01.

In Louisville Kentucky On Saturday October 2, Eric Keogh of Donore Harriers was 50th in 24: 24.5 for Queen’s Charlotte University in North Carolina, where he is a freshman this season. A week earlier, Keogh had finished third in a local cross-country race, also over 8km, in Charlotte.

In Bethlehem, Pa., Leevale AC’s Charlie O’Donovan finished seventh for Villanova in Lehigh Paul Short Run cross-country Friday (October 1). James Dunne of Tullamore Harriers finished 40th in the same race representing Adams State

Also on Friday, Barry Keane finished tenth in the Blue 5-Mile 8km men at the Joe Piane Invitational, in South Bend, Indiana. Keane led his team Butler to third place in the race.

In the women’s 5km open, Sophie O’Sullivan of Ballimore Cobh AC and Washington University, returning from injury, was 18th in 17: 52.2.

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