Friday 18 April 2014

Ryan and roche storm home in aware 10k

There were testing weather conditions in the Phoenix Park on Saturday as more than 2,500 participants braved the strong winds and rain in the annual Aware 10k and 5k events.

Simon Ryan of Raheny Shamrock AC led the field home in the 10k event, which was run over a two-lap course. The Raheny runner finished in 32.09, a few strides ahead of Tudor Mircea Moldovan (32.11). Mitchell Byrne finished third in 32.59 and Colon O'Connell was fourth in 33.43.

Fiona Roche completed a double victory for Raheny Shamrock AC when she placed 13th overall to win the women's race in 36.40. She was followed home by her Raheny teammate Fiona Clinton, who placed second in 37.30. Aisling Jordan finished third in 38.43 and Eimear O'Leary was fourth in 39.21.

David Keenan came home a winner in the 5k event, finishing in 16.49. Graham Hopkins finished second in 17.53 and Adam Stanley was third in 18.39.

Tracey Jenkins won the women's race in 20.44. Linda Phelan was second in 22.17 and Rachael Haskins placed third in 22.45.

Sport Minister Leo Varadkar was delighted with his performance in the 10k, in which he achieved a personal best time of 48.20, placing 317th in the event that had 1,402 finishers.

There was great support from staff members of Tesco. Tesco is a big supporter of Aware programmes and many staff members took part in the event. There was also a big entry from staff of Topaz filling stations.



Earlier this year, Seán Whelan of Ennis Track Club received the Clare Athletics Association Merit Award -- a fitting tribute to the popular runner from the Banner County who completed his 100th half-marathon this year.

Sean has a marathon PB of 2:42, set in 1988, and he continued to run sub three hours for the event until recent years. His trophy cabinet has a rare array of medals.

A few years ago, Seán set himself the challenge of racing in each of the 32 counties, and he reached his goal in 2012 in the Cavan Half-Marathon.

His friends in Ennis Track Club and his many running friends across Ireland wish Seán many more years of happy running.

Irish Independent

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