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Some Great Performances


from Donore Harriers website It was another weekend of great performance at home and abroad by Donore runners. A large Irish contingent travelled to the popular Rotterdam marathon in the Netherlands, known for its fast times. Among them were several Donore runners and they did us proud. Storming home to a PB of 2.40.11 was Philip Hennessy. Fred Kiernan ran an excellent 2.55.35 (PB).

Running an incredible second marathon in a fortnight was George Brady who did 2.56.33 – next stop the Belfast marathon in a few weeks time? Ronan Lambe will be delighted to break the magical three hour barrier this time to get a time of 2.58.17 (PB). Tom Hickey was next in 3.07.58 and John Gleeson in 3.19.20 with newcomer Tony Griffin running 3.23.39. Meanwhile Jono Daly had an impromptu run in the Paris marathon and ran a very good 3.03 off no marathon training and no training at all over the last 6 weeks! Congratulations to all.

Back in the Phoenix Park, there was a large Donore turnout for the Great Ireland Run/National 10k championship. The weather was cool and despite the tough second half of this race, many times were fast, most notably the overall winner, Ethiopa’s Kenise Bekele in this year’s fastest road 10k so far, an astonishing 27.49! The elite and club women went off first. Dervila Holmes ran a great race to finish in a PB of 39.04, Florence Curley was 40.46 and Michelle O’Hagan 43.32 – full results for the ladies below. (special mention for soon to officially a Donore Harrier – Aisling Ni Dhomhnaill who ran an excellent 38.47)

The elite and club men led off the main pack of runners with Philip Harty first home in 32.25 and Ken Nugent not far back in a PB time of 32.36. Colm Hill ran an excellent 33.18 and Joe Fagan 34.57 with Feargal Whitty not far behind. There were numerous other good runs from John Poole, a back in form Charlie O’Neill, another PB for Des Gill and special mention for another stormer from Jim Mc on the eve of his 73rd birthday who easily won the M70 category in 42.21. No championships results available yet but the men may be in with a team medal chance.

Well done to all our Fit4life runners on some fine peformances.

Great support all around the course from many club members too.

Full results as follows:

Philip Harty 32.25
Ken Nugent 32.36
Colm Hill 33.18
Joe Fagan 34.57
Feargal Whitty 35:30
John Poole 38.57
Aisling Nic Dhomnhnaill 38.47
Dervila Holmes 39.04
Noel Conway 39.20
Charlie O’Neill
Florence Curley 40.46
Des Gill 41.22
Dave Wogan 41.52
Jim McNamara 42.21
Michelle O’Hagan 43.32
Grainne Nolan 43.59
Samantha Conroy 44.12
Medbh Peavoy 45
Terry Mee 46.28
Lynda Murphy 48.44
Jennifer O’Keeffe 48.26
Jeanette Strickland 50.18
Deirdre Healy 52.41
John Powell 53.33
Dana Mackey 53.37
Tony Jenkins 54.12
ann Rush 54.18
Jo Hughes 54.19
Eimear Kearney 55.58
Hilar O’Connor 56.21
Julie Collins 58.09
Deborah Willis 65.27

The outdoor track season is starting to crank up again and the Leevale Open Sports on the CIT track in Cork took place over the weekend. Conditions were windy on the day but Simon Taggart made a decisive start to his season with an emphatic win in the 110 hurdles in 14.56 . He also made the fina