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Gladys 3rd in Dublin / weekend roundup


Bronze for Gladys in Dublin
Today was Dublin marathon day with several Harriers having put in months of work to try and achieve their own individual goals.

The big build up was for Gladys O’Neill in her attempt to gain the Olympic “A” standard. Gladys had a super race finishing third Irish woman in a time of 2:42 but unfortunately was just that bit short of the qualifying time. Breege Connolly has been on fine form of late and didn’t disappoint to knock 2 minutes of her PB for 2:50 for 16th place. Gladys will compete again in London, hopefully in more favourable conditions with today’s wind not being condusive to good times, to try and attain the A standard.

In the mens race Eamon White had a great race to run 2:37 and finish 7th O40 while Jim Benson was next up with 2:50.  The big target for quite a few harriers was to break the 3 hours with recent recruit Andrew Considine and Marty McIlkenny (in his first marathon) not disappointing with 2:57 and 2:58 respectively. Stephen Walker ,who was aiming for in and around this time, unfortunately had to drop out at 16 miles due to injury.

Gerard McNamara was next in 3:15 with Greg McClure, his main objective being to run pain free, running 3:18.

There were several harriers in and around the 3:30 mark with Gerry Gribbon finishing in 3:30. Aidan O’Reilly ran a massive PB by 28 minutes for 3:34 while Ciaran Hunter ran 3:36. Alan Ritchie unfortunately succumbed to stomach  problems but still managed to finish in 3:40.

Regular parkrunner Jim Clinton set out with a target of sub 4 hours and achieved that goal by 3 minutes running a 3:57.

Another regular parkrunner and volunteer, and occassional track trainer, Paul Williams finished in 4:01.

In the 52nd parkrun of the year the normal contingent of 100+ turned up with several harriers, even some dublin bound ones taking part.

At the front there was a good battle between training buddies Paul Jenkins and Laurence Johnston with Paul taking 2nd in 17:52 and Laurence just behind in 17:52. Paddy Hamill made a welcome comeback for 5th in 18:07 with Jim Newberry also breaking 19 minutes for 7th in 18:51.

Damien Gill claimed the annual title with 13th place in 19:13. Just over the 20 mark Francie McCaffrey and Angela Burns had a good battle for 20:00 and 20:03 respectively.

Greg McClure was next in 20:26 with Daragh McNairney running 26:07 and Jim Clinton in 26:34.

Enniskillen spooktacular 5k
Cathy McCourt finished second woman in 17:59 with the first woman(Teresa McGloin) finishing in 17:40.