John Coghlan of Metropolitan St Brigid's AC delivered his third successive victory in the New Year's Day annual Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park finishing in 14.44 -- just a few strides ahead of Thomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC who placed second in 14.45. Mark Dooley of Donore Harriers finished third in 15.47. Rory Kavanagh (Dunboyne AC) was fourth in 15.47 and Feidhlim Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) was fifth in 16.21. Ciaran Reilly of the organising club, Liffey Valley AC, finished sixth in 16.24, writes Frank Greally.
FIT magazine columnist Catherina McKiernan showed that she hasn't lost her competitive instinct by coasting to victory in the women's race in 17.26. Fiona Roche of Raheny Shamrock AC finished second in 17.42 and master runner Annette Kealy, also of Raheny Shamrock, was third in 18.33. Nora Weathers was fourth in 19.06 and Emilia Dan (Dunboyne AC) finished fifth in 19.20. Aoife Lynch (Pulse Triathlon Club) placed sixth in 19.20.
There was more than 400 entrants in this popular first road event of 2014. Dublin Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, was among the participants and led a group taking part in the event as part of the Lord Mayor's 5 Alive Challenge. The next race in series will be the AXA Raheny five-mile road race on Sunday, January 26.
STARS OF LEINSTER HONOURED
There was a big attendance at last Saturday night's 2013 Leinster Star Awards dinner (above) in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow, writes Frank Greally.
Rose Anne Galligan from Newbridge AC received the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013 in recognition of her excellent track season during which she broke Sonia O'Sullivan's national 800 metres record.
Athletes from all of the Leinster counties were honoured at the event.