Great success at National 10km !
The AAI National 10k Championships in conjunction with the Great Ireland 10k Run took place on Sunday last 15th April in the Phoenix Park , Dublin. Fourteen eager GCH athletes made their annual trek to the Park to participate in the Championships. Conditions on the day were hardy with showers and windy in places, The elite women and AAI club women started at 11am, followed at 11.20am by the elite men/AAI men and the masses. The course itself around the Phoenix Park is a fair enough route – but get carried away in the relatively fast first half and you could pay for it in the second half when confronted with the hills!.
All of the GCH athletes acquitted themselves well, with National medals secured by a number of our athletes.
GCH Senior Women's team took silver again for the second year in a row, behind a strong DSD team fielding two internationals including Galway's Laura Shaughnessy who was third Irish lady home. GCH's Regina Casey and Sinead Brody ran superbly as they finished 17th and 18th overall – with Regina claiming National Bronze V35 in a time of 38.15 and Sinead fourth in the same category in a super time of 38.46. Tara Whyte was third scorer in 41.08, securing a medal for the GCH ladies, who will no doubt be back in 2019 searching for the elusive gold in what is a hugely competitive event. Clare Rowe finished 5th V45 in 42.03, while Emily Bruton earned herself a PB of 46.51.
The GCH V50 Women’s team finished in third position – with Christine Kennedy finishing in 43.38 and also claiming gold at V60, Barbara Bergin finishing in 46.59 and claiming silver v55, while Mags Sheridan was third team scorer in 49.00.
In the Men’s Championships, Brendan McDonnell was our sole Senior competitor, finishing a creditable 25th overall in 32.48, and 17th Senior man in the AAI 10k Championship. Five athletes made up our v35 Men’s Team, with the team finishing well up in 7th out of 61 v35 teams: Timmy Jones (35.29), Paul Keane (36.02) and Gerry Carty (36.27) were the three scorers with a combined total time of 1hr 47mins 58 secs. Martin Kearney with a very strong run claimed the silver medal in the V60 category in 39.28.
GCH athletes performed very well with great medal success, and just as importantly, enjoyed a great day out , and a post race celebratory lunch in Applegreen ! .
Link to complete provisional ( ie not yet final !) AAI results below. http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results/