The spirit of free running extended it’s stride this weekend with the addition of Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan, Co Dublin, to the weekly offering of parkruns, writes Patricia Murphy.
A gathering of 115 runners, mainly first-timers, were joined by seasoned experts who had travelled from the UK and the North, and it was victory for local resident Karl Fitzgerald in a time of 18.34.
“It’s a flat two-loop course so I knew what to expect second time around,” said Karl.
Delighted with the turnout for the first event was race director Paul Richardson. “The council have even agreed to open the park earlier than usual on a Saturday morning for us which is really appreciated,” he said.
RECORDS BROKEN AT BALLYCLOUGH 5K
Ed Murphy and Martina Kiely marked the third running of the Ballyclough 5k near Mallow, Co Cork, by establishing two new course records, writes John Walshe.
Murphy (Gneeveguilla) moved away from Ballyclough holder Danny Smith after a mile to finish with a margin of more than half a minute, recording a time of 16.11.
For St Finbarr’s runner Kiely, it was only her second race back after the birth of her daughter Fia five months ago.
Kiely finished ninth overall in 18.48, with Michelle Kenny (Midleton) second in 19.03 and Carol Finn (Leevale), who has been concentrating on the track in recent weeks, taking third spot, just two seconds behind.
MCCANN HOLDS ON TO DUNMANWAY TITLE
Alan O’Shea and Angela McCann both broke their own course records at the fourth annual Dunmanway 10k, an event that attracted more than 300 runners despite the wet conditions.
O’Shea covered the distance in 32.08.26, seconds inside his former mark. Last year’s winner Cathal O’Donovan was second in 32.17 with Michael Dullea taking third in 34.01.
McCann knocked six seconds from the record she set 12 months ago with a time of 38.01.