Thursday 20 July 2017

National Lottery Irish Runner 5: Hamilton kicks on to take spoils

Paddy Hamilton (Annadale Striders) took the honours in the 10th annual National Lottery Irish Runner 5 mile race in the Phoenix Park on Saturday. Hamilton clocked 24:56 to finish ahead of Clonliffe Harriers' Sergiu Ciobanu (25:04) and Star of the Sea's Mark Hoey (25:07).

There was very little distance between the elite runners as they led the 6,300-plus field in a tight pack from the outset, but in the final stretch it was Hamilton who used the hill on Kyber Road to his advantage, pulling ahead for the win.

"For the first mile the wind was in my face and no one seemed to want to take the race on. It wasn't really that quick and everyone was just waiting for the last 400m and then we'd just see who was strongest," he said. "When we got to the hill the three of us were just looking at each other. Then, as soon as we got off the hill, I was able to just kick it in."

In the women's race, Siobhan O'Doherty (Borrisokane AC) edged out Julie Turley. "I just went out as hard as I could and I didn't know if I was going to last, but luckily the last half a mile was really, really tough and it was uphill and that slowed a lot of people down," said O'Dohery.

"I'm absolutely delighted because I did the Paris Marathon in April and I haven't really been training that much since."

The next race in the series is the National Lottery Frank Duffy 10 mile on Saturday, August 20, also in Phoenix Park. To enter see: www.dublinmarathon.ie

Irish Independent

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