Robbie Matthews (inset) of Dunshaughlin AC led home an entry of more than 7,000 in Saturday's Airtricity Dublin Half-Marathon in the Phoenix Park – finishing in 1:08.21, well clear of Mark Hoey (Star of the Sea AC, 1:09.07). Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers), the early leader on the road, finished third in 1:11.53.
This was Matthews's second victory in the Airtricity Dublin Races Series, as he had already won the Irish Runner 5 Mile.
"It was tough enough out there today, but I am delighted to have notched up another victory in the series," Matthews said. "I ran my PB half-marathon time of 1:08.07 in the Rock 'n' Roll event and I was not too far off that."
Maria McCambridge (inset) of Dundrum South Dublin AC brought the curtain down on her most successful ever Dublin Race Series when she coasted to victory in the women's race, finishing in 1:16.45 – her fourth straight victory in this year's series.
Eilish Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished second in 1:18.38 and Niamh Devlin (DSD) placed third in 1:20.10.
"I found this one a bit tough as I have been suffering with a sinus infection that required me to take antibiotics," McCambridge said. "I should still be on course for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon – an event that I would really love to win."
"The last three miles were hard for me today and I did not know how I was going to feel in the final stretch because of the antibiotics.
"I would love to become the first Irish female winner since Sonia O'Sullivan took the title 13 years ago. I have been running over 100 miles a week in training and I now need to do some speed work."
There was a great turnout for this final event in the series, and entrants included Stephen Wheeler, MD of Airtricity, title sponsor of the Race Series and the Dublin Marathon.
But there was deep sadness too at the end of the event when it was learned that William Claffey, a native of Moate in Co Westmeath, had collapsed and died at around the 11-mile mark on the course.
The 28-year-old had received immediate medical attention from St John Ambulance and Dublin Fire Brigade before being transferred to hospital. We offer our deepest condolences to Mark's family and friends on his sudden and tragic passing.
Meanwhile, this evening's talk with British distance running legend Ron Hill has changed venue.
Due to huge demand, the talk will not be in the 53 Degrees North store in Carrickmines as planned, but in its sister shop, 53 Degrees North in Blanchardstown. Hill will be in the store from 6.30pm.