Decathlon half marathon
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.
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.
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.
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.