Sunday 31 August 2014

Fitzpatrick and McKiernan to the fore

Orla Faulkner, Jacqueline Matthews, Audrey Murray, Aileen Carrie, Karen Costello, Aine Cotter and Nuala Reilly at the Dunboyne 4-Mile Road Race.
Sean MacSeoin and David Grange
Catherina McKiernan

There was an entry of more than 1,000 in last Sunday's annual Eirgrid Dunboyne 4-Mile Road Race, an event won by Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC, who coasted to his first victory in the event in 18.55 – a personal best time.

Darragh Rennicks (Bohermeen AC) finished second in 19.36 and Paul Stephenson (Rathfarnham/WSAF) was third in 19.42. Lee Van Haeften (Donore Harriers) was fourth in 19.44 and Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) finished fifth in 19.52. Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel AC) finished sixth in 19.54.

FIT magazine columnist Catherina McKiernan (Analee AC) showed a clean pair of heels to the field in the women's race as she stormed to victory in 21.22. Sarah Mulligan (DSD) finished second in 21.42 and Ciara Durkan (Skerries AC) was third in 21.47. Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC) finished fourth in 22.00 and Kate O'Neill (MSB) was fifth in 23.11.

It was an impressive winning performance by Fitzpatrick, who had finished second in the event in 2012 and third in 2011. "It's a great feeling to finally come home a winner in this race which has a great atmosphere and a big reputation," Fitzpatrick said.

The Tallaght AC runner will run in this weekend's SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k in Phoenix Park and is also looking forward to competing in a 10,000m track race in London in early May.

McKiernan delivered a typical battling performance, pushing all the way and finishing with a big smile of satisfaction.

"It is nice to come back to Dunboyne and win again here," McKiernan said.

"This is a race with a lovely atmosphere and great spectator support. I am enjoying my racing and I find that once the gun goes my competitive instinct takes over."

That competitive instinct has not waned over the years and she is still capable of taking on and beating the best of opposition in road events.

The club team competitions were dominated by Donore Harriers, who won the men's and women's top prizes.

Irish Independent

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