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Double success at decathlon / weekend roundup


Decathlon half marathon

Alan en route to victory
Alan en route to victory

It was a successful day for the men at the Decathlon half marathon and 10k races with Alan O’Hara having a facile victory in the half marathon and Andrew Considine winning the 10k comfortably.

In the 10k Andrew Considine had a strong race to break 34 minutes for the first time in 33:51 winning by almost 30 seconds from 2nd place. Brendan Grew continued his good form to finish 5th in 34:25 while not far behind John McGuigan smashed his PB for 8th in 36:41.

In the half marathon which started at the same time Alan O’Hara outpaced everyone including the 10k runners running 1:11:38 and winning by over 5 minutes in the process. In 5th Travis Todd ran strongly for a new half marathon PB of 1:20:03 while Kent Swann had his second half marathon PB in as many weeks to finish 13th in 1:24:34. Roisin Hughes finished 3rd woman in 1:27:25 followed by Greg McClure 1:28:47. Paul Williams and Sean McShane had a good battle with Paul running 1:35:46 closely followed by Sean in 1:35:48.

Connemarathon ultra

Robert Irvine made his ultra debut
Robert Irvine made his ultra debut

In the connemarathon ultra Robert Irvine had been playing his cards close to his chest and debuted very successfully at the 39.3 mile distance to finish 25th and first M50 in 5:29:54.

Paris Marathon

In the Paris marathon Adam Boyd made the journey and had a strong run for 2:49:54.


The usual large contingent of harriers took part across various parkrun events. At the waterworks Conor Curran had his second victory in succession winning in 16:56. Next up young Niall Geehan ran a new PB of 18:35 for 5th, Lance Breen 6th, just missing out on his PB in 18:39. Gerry Gribbon finished 7th in 18:55,  Tony McNulty 10th in 19:20, Mark Shields ran a new waterworks PB of 19:46 for 12th. Just outside 20 Greg McClure warmed up for the half marathon running 20:28 while just behind Athanasia Sevastaki ran a new PB of 21:04 for 2nd lady. Sean McShane warmed up for the half marathon running 22:30, Kilian Woods ran 22:52, Jack Carberry 23:07, junior Eamon Sheridan 24:12, John O’Hare 24:41, junior Rioghnach Catney 25:24, junior Lauren Cox 26:05, junior Piaras McShane 26:16, Martin Cox 27:59, junior Bryanna Catney 32:34, Nuala Muldoon 39:43 and junior Aaron McCann 44:53.

Travis en route to his PB
Travis en route to his PB

Over at Victoria park Joe Norney finished 8th in 19:07,at Queens Ciaran Hunter finished 27th in 26:09 and at wallace park Matt Shields and John Patience took 8th and 9th place respectively in 18:57 and 19:28. At Portrush Thomas McKinstry finished 59th in 32:39 while further afield Jim Clinton finished 164th in 24:22 and in London at Walthamstow parkrun stalwart John Murphy  had his first parkrun victory in 19:55.