John Griffin is again the top Kerryman in Dublin marathon
ON Bank Holiday Monday, over 10,000 athletes took to the streets of Dublin for the 25th annual Dublin City Marathon. Among them was a strong force of Kerry runners and as the full set of results were not available to me on going to press I have only news of the athletes that supplied me with their own results.
Among them was a strong force of Kerry runners and as the full set of results were not available to me on going to press I have only news of the athletes that supplied me with their own results.
Kenyan Lezan Kimutai won the men’s marathon in a time of 2.13.08, taking 37 seconds off the 21 year old course record held by Kerry’s Jerrys Kiernan since 1983.
Kimutai, who was second last year, was in action in Dublin for the third time. In fact, the top ten athletes were African.
First home in the women’s race was last year’s runner-up, Yelena Burykina of Russia in a time of 2.32.
John Griffin from Tralee, who was running his 27th marathon (14th Dublin) was first Kerryman to cross the line in a time of 2.31.09. Like all the other runners, he found the course extremely tough with the wind playing a major role in his slower than usual time.
John said that he never really got into the running on Monday although he still picked up the prize for the first 0/45.
He went through the ten-mile mark in 55.59 and at the halfway mark he registered 1.16.31 and at the 20 mile it was 1.54 on the clock. He felt very fresh after the race and hopes to run at least three more marathons.
Patrick O’Shea, Iveragh AC, who was also running his 27th marathon (15th Dublin) was also slower this year, coming home in 2.46, not bad though for a 54-year-old.
He and his brother Mike went through the opening mile in 5.45. They came through the ten mile marker in 58 minutes and on the finish line it was Patrick in ahead of Mike in 2.50.
Another Iveragh athlete was elated with his personal best of 3.08.20. This was Louis Collins who was running his seventh marathon, this time in aid of Crumlin hospital for sick children. He raised over ?3,000.
Christy Flannery, Riocht AC, was disappointed with his time of 3.04, it just wasn’t his day.
Gneeveguilla AC were out in strong force on Monday with Tom Barrett leading the challenge in his debut marathon. He came home in 3.21 with his wife Helen coming through in 5.58.
Freddie Brown, who took off a little too fast, came through in 4.25 with his wife Siobhan finishing in 6.47.48.
Chris Larkin from Listowel, who is no stranger to marathons, finished in 5.14. Jim O’Connor from Milltown was pleased with his time of 3.58 as was Sheila Kerely, Riocht AC, who really prepared well for this event.
She came home in just over four hours (4.01). Sheila worked very hard over the last couple of miles as her aim was a sub four hour run and such were her efforts, she collapsed on the line.
Sheila only took up running five years ago and she is a pier figure for all those ladies who are tempted to take up the sport. Her team-mate Francis O’Sullivan-Byrne came home in 4.02.
Others that caught my eye in Dublin but who I haven’t got a time for were Humphrey Murphy, Riocht AC, Willie Guiney and Chris Slattery, Desmond Currans AC, Rob Tate, Brendan Lynch and Joan O’Sullivan, Gneeveguilla AC.
NORA BROSNAN RELAYS: THERE was a fine turnout of athletes for the Nora Brosnan Memorial Relays held in Gneeveguilla on Sunday.
Boherbue National School did very well in the Primary School competition, while the Nora Brosnan Cup went to Rathmore Post Primary College who emerged winners of the 3 x 1 mile feature race.
Infants 4x100m — 1, Meentouges (Marilyn O’Leary, Muiriosa O’Leary, Sean Jack O’Leary and Conlyn O’Leary); 2, Rathmore (Mark Ryan, Brid Ryan, Bryan Crowley, Dan Fitzgerald); 3, Raheen (Patrick Warren, Sinead Warren, Ian Roche, Sean Lucey); 4, Tureencahill (Kieran O’Connor, Catherine and John Daly and Brendan Murphy).
Second class — 1, Boherbue (Alan Cronin, Eddie Kiely, JP Breen and Andrew O’Connor); 2, Clogher (Emer Lynch, Anna Prendiville, Orlaith Keane and Kevin O’Connor); 3, Gneeveguilla (Kevin Coughlan, Rita Casey, Shane Crowley and Aivin Dobbins); 4, Newmarket (Conor O’Keefe, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jack Allen, Tadgh Ryan).
4th Class — 1, Boherbue (James Casey, David O’Keefe, Gillian Murphy and Hannah O’Sullivan); 2, Clogher (Jack Scanlon, Cormac Lynch, Jonathan Keane and Patrick O’Connor); 3, Meentouges (Conor Crowley, Jim Lacey, Brian Fitzgerald and Brid O’Leary); 4, Rathmore - Marion and Eileen Dineen, Shane Ryan and Donnacha McCarthy).
6th class — 1, Meentogues (Daniel O’Leary, Gavin Crowley, Kieran Fitzgerald and Sheila O’Leary); 2, Rathmore (Mark Reen, Bridette Dineen, Anthony Dineen and Louis Nagle); 3, Newmarket (David Enright, Billy Lane, TJ Brosnan, Jack Birtley).
3 x 1 mile senior men — 1, Gneeveguilla AC (Michael Dineen, Francis Egan and Tony Dineen.
1, College, Rathmore (Conor and Ignatius Dineen and Claire Kelliher; 2, Family (Denis McSweeney, Kilsorcan).
U15 — 1, Gneeveguilla (Breda Casey, Gavin Crowley, Jeremy Kelleher).
Junior — 1, Riocht (Brid Brosnan, Patrick O’Sullivan and Thomas Bradley).
U15 — 1, Kenmare (Glen Egan, Kieran O’Sullivan). Family — 1, Fitzgeralds, Farranfore.
U13 — 1, Gneeveguilla. Firm — 1, Mastergeeha FC (Ian Devane, James Devane and Joanne Brosnan).
MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS: On Sunday next, Kerry athletes will travel to Castlehaven, Skibbereen, for the Munster Novice and uneven age cross-country championships with the action kicking off at 12 noon.
Headquarters are at Castlehaven GAA clubhouse adjacent to course. Contact Pat Walsh for further info on 021-431467.
NUTRITION LECTURE: There will be a lecture on nutrition in St Bridget’s Secondary School in Killarney on Wednesday night at 8pm with Fr Liam Kelleher.