Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers rounded off his racing preparation for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon by delivering an impressive victory in Saturday's Elvery's Sports Galway Bay Half-Marathon, where he led home an entry of more than 1,000 in 1:07.11.
Ciobanu's clubmate Brian McMahon finished second in 1:12:18, and another Clonliffe runner, Declan Power, placed third in 1:15.23. He was followed home by yet another Clonliffe athlete, Gary O'Hanlon, who placed fourth in 1:18.53 – a remarkable performance, considering that he had already won the 10k in the same event with 33.31. Pauline Curley, who also has her sights set on the Dublin Marathon, finished fifth overall and easily won the women's race in 1:20.07 – her second win in this race. Jane-Ann Healy of Athenry AC finished second in 1:26.09 and Sinead Roche was third in 1:29.49.
Earlier in the morning, O'Hanlon led an entry of close to 1,000 home in the 10k event. Andrew Annett (Mourne Runners) finished second in 34.07 and Sarah Mulligan (DSD) was third in 35.05 to win the women's event. Nicola Duncan (Portobello) was fourth and John Cronin (GCH) fifth in 36.56.
There was a big cheer too for the legendary Ron Hill, who finished in 55 minutes on his 75th birthday weekend.
It was a good day too for Clonliffe Harriers, who won the men's team prize of €1,000.
"I needed to run the half-marathon to help the team, so it was worth the extra effort," O'Hanlon said.