Kenneally warms up for Madrid tilt
Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00
Mark Kenneally of Clonliffe Harriers yesterday led home a record entry of over 1,000 in the irishrail.ie Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race -- the 42nd running of this highly rated event.
Kenneally raced into an early lead and was never challenged as he coasted to victory in 18 minutes 26 seconds -- an ideal tune up performance for his marathon debut in Madrid in three weeks time.
He also led his team to top honours ahead of Raheny Shamrock AC and City of Derry. Richard Corcoran of Raheny Shamrock AC finished second in 18:48 and Thomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) was third in 18:55.
"This was an important tune-up race for me in my preparation for the Madrid marathon," Kenneally said. "I came off a heavy week of training to run here and I am happy with the result."
Kenneally will be chasing an Olympic qualifying standard in Madrid, where he is confident of a performance in the region of 2 hours 13 minutes.
"I won a 15km race in Florida a few weeks ago in 43:33 and I placed fourth in a 20km event in Holland in 59:30,"he said.
"These performances, as well as today's run, have given me the extra confidence that I need for my marathon debut."
Kerry Harty of Newcastle AC led all the way to win the women's race in 21:42. Kate O'Neill of Metro St Brigid's AC placed second in 22:57 and Fiona Roche of Raheny Shamrock AC was third in 23:12. Sportsworld won the women's team event from Raheny Shamrock AC and Drogheda & District AC.
"This is my second win in a week, as I also won the St Patrick's Festival Road Race in Dublin last Sunday," Harty said. "I would love to get an Olympic qualifying standard this year and I may look to the steeplechase as an event I could achieve that standard in."
This was the biggest entry ever in the Dunboyne event.
Among the finishers was Ronan Scully from RTE's 'Operation Transformation'.
Now, Scully, a former inter-county hurler for Offaly, has his sights set on a more demanding event in April when he takes part in the North Pole Marathon, to raise money for GOAL.