On their marks for inaugural 10k run
MORE than 300 runners turned out for a night to remember in Portmarnock for the inaugural 10k Beach and Road Run last week, the culmination of months of hard work by the local athletic club.
Organised by the Portmarnock Athletic Club, the atmosphere was electric as the the runners set off from the PSLC just as the sun was setting. Traffic around the area was brought to a standstill as Portmarnock AC chairperson Benny Flanagan sent them on their way and the huge group set out for the fabulous Velvet Strand, via Wendell Avenue.
In what was truly a community event, members of Portmarnock Athletic Club, aided by enthusiastic volunteers, did a fantastic job to ensure that the first-ever race in the town went off without a hitch.
And then after just over half an hour, the runners, lit by a beautiful full moon, began to return to the finishing line, roared on by children, and adults alike, who had lined the finishing route along Blackwood Lane into the PSLC car park.
First man home was Brian Leahy who recorded a time of 33.29 minutes. In second spot was Declan Power, just 13 second behind the leader. He was first through in the 40-49 age category. And in third spot was Buceanu Nicolae who came in at 36.25.
First woman home was Cindy Hickey who had a time of 42.27. She was followed by Mairead Mulligan who had a time of 44.54. And Christina McKenzie returned in third spot with a time of 45.26.
In the category positions, Liam Dinan was first in the 10-19 age group with a time of 38.39. Helen Halligan was first female back in the 40-49 category with a time of 57.23, while Dave Brady was first in the 60-69 male category with a time of 50.25. Audrey Fagan took first in her 50-59 age category, coming home in a time of 1.00.54. Teresa Hawkins placed first in the 60-69 age category with a time of 1.08.17
David Corcoran was first in the 50-59 age group with a time of 37.38, while Ronan Dunphy was first in the 20-29 age catoegry with a time of 37.56. Jean Murphy placed first in the 2-29 category with a time of 49.46.
Overall it was a night to remember and will surely return to the calendar again next year. Anybody wishing to get information on Portmarnock Athletic Club should visit www.portmarnockathleticclub.ie.
Roll on next year!