The scenic but very tough Valentia Island Half-Marathon on Saturday last saw a narrow victory by Ed Murphy of Gneeveguilla AC who prevailed by just two seconds ahead of Pat Dunworth, 1:18.47 to 1:18.49, writes John Walshe.
Dunworth, who is in the M45 category, had also finished second in the equally demanding Dingle Marathon just over a month ago.
Denis Everett took third place in 1:25.18 with Margaret O'Driscoll winning the women's section in 1:33.05.
Starting and finishing in Knightstown village, the event featured breathtaking views of the island, surrounding sea and mountains.
KENNEDY MASTERS MINNESOTA MARATHON WITH SIXTH PLACE
Finishing sixth in the masters category at the recent Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota was a name very familiar to the Irish running scene of two decades ago, writes John Walshe.
Christine Kennedy, who now lives in Los Gatos, California, posted a time of 2:58.37, which is more than impressive when you consider she is now aged 58. Kennedy was aiming for the world best for the 55-59 age category but fell six minutes short of the mark.
As a member of Galway City Harriers, Kennedy won the Dublin Marathon in 1990 (2:41.27) and 1991 (2:35.56). She finished second in 1986 (2:49.34).
She also ran 2:35.05 in Berlin in 1991 which was just five seconds shy of the 'A' qualifying standard for the Barcelona Olympics. The time remains equal seventh on the Irish all-time list.
Age wasn't an issue for her, she explained at a press conference for the Twin Cities event, as she doesn't merely try and run with her own age group, she wants runners who can push her. "I run with the 30-year-old girls and I kept up with them," she said.
NATIONAL PARK READY TO HOST POPULAR WINTER SERIES
Next Saturday sees the first of four 5k races taking place in Killarney's National Park. The Feet First/Mizuno Winter Series has proven extremely popular over the past few years and the dates for the remaining events are November 9, 16 and 30, writes John Walshe.
All take place on Saturday mornings at 11am and will this year feature chip timing. The entry fee is €7 (pre-registered) or €8 on the morning of the race. Category and spot prizes will be awarded at the end of the series.
Runners will meet at the Kerry Parents' and Friends' Association at the Old Monastery, which is next to Killarney Cathedral. The races are specifically designed with the beginner in mind, especially members of Fit4Life groups. More details can be had from www.feetfirst.ie
FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR 5K IN TRIBUTE TO 400M LEGEND
The quaintly named Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5k run and walk takes place for the third time this Saturday. Held in honour of one-time Irish and USA 400m champion TJ O'Mahony, it takes in two scenic laps of the lagoon of this west Cork town.
Entries – €10 for adults and €5 for children aged 12-16 – will be taken in the Community Centre from 3.30pm, ahead of the 5pm start.
All proceeds will be donated to the Cork University Hospital Children's Unit and Concern Worldwide's Syria appeal.
MCMAHON LEAVES KEOGH AND FRAZER IN HIS TRAIL AT DONADEA
Brian McMahon of Clonliffe Harriers won Saturday's Donadea Forest Trail 10k, finishing in 31.46, ahead of Eric Keogh (32.05) and John Frazer (32.09). Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe notched up yet another race in his build-up to the Airtricity Dublin Marathon, finishing fourth in 32.51.
Dundrum South Dublin AC's Sarah Mulligan, a member of the Irish women's team that won bronze in the recent World Mountain Running Championships, won the women's race in 34.54. Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers), who is also running in the Dublin Marathon, finished second in 36.16, and Charlotte Kearney was third in 38.45. Orna Dilworth was fourth in 39.23.
REMEMBRANCE RUN TROPHY TO HONOUR SHANE BONNER
A trophy in memory of Shane Bonner, the young Donegal athlete who tragically died in a road accident two years ago, will be presented at the Remembrance Run 5k in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 10.
Shane was passionate about athletics and he had just set up the Running Man website before his death. More than 2,000 turned out for the funeral of the Finn Valley AC athlete in his native Convoy in Donegal in 2011.
Last week would have been Shane's 23rd birthday and his mother, Kay, said she was pleased that Shane's memory would be honoured. See www.remembrancerun.ie.
HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO TURN OUT AS CLANE CALLS RUNNERS
An event that comes highly recommended is next Sunday's Clane and Rathcoffey 10k Road Race and 5k Run/Walk in Kildare. With close to 500 entrants last year, organisers are now expecting another increase in numbers.
This 10k offers a fast, flat course, with the route taking runners past the historic Abbeylands church. Late entries will be accepted up until an hour before the 2.30pm start. Registration and further information is also available online at www.claneparish.com.