Half-Marathon: O'Shea storms to victory in style
CORK doctor Alan O'Shea gave the Rebels a tonic start to their big sporting weekend by winning the 2010 Lifestyle Sports adidas Dublin Half-Marathon on Saturday, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.
On All-Ireland weekend there was a plethora of Cork and Down jerseys visible among the huge number of entrants, but O'Shea -- from Bantry Athletic Club -- led from start to finish, kicking off with a sub-five minute mile to win comfortably in a time of one hour, seven minutes and six seconds.
Rain started to fall as most of the record field were passing the five-mile mark, but it failed to dampen their enthusiasm or O'Shea's pace.
"The final few miles in the heavier rain were not nice alright, you were running right into it, but it could have been a lot worse," said the delighted winner, who was hoping his win would prove a good omen for his native county.
O'Shea came home over a minute-and-a-half clear of Brazilian Pablo Vega (1:08.49), while Mick Clohisey, who will be part of the 'Spar Spartan Challenge Team' in the full Dublin marathon next month, took third in 1:09.12.
The first woman home was Polish native Patrycja Wlodarczyk, who runs with Raheny Shamrocks.
She won in 1:18.03, a full 48 seconds clear of her clubmate Lorraine Manning (1:18.51), while Tullamore Olympian Pauline Curley took third in 1:19.18.
"I knew I was in good form coming into the race, but I didn't expect to win it," said Wlodarczyk. "It makes me feel much more confident about running Dublin next month now."
Many of the capacity field were using the race as preparation for the full 26 miles on Bank Holiday Monday, October 15.
One of the many rookies was Dubliner Sheena Crotty who said: "This was my first half-marathon and I finished in one hour 48, so I'm really thrilled and I'm definitely going to keep going and do the full Dublin marathon now."