Up and Running
Ryan Wins BHAA event
Mark Ryan (Ergo) won the Dublin City Council BHAA Four Mile road race in St Anne's Park, Raheny, finishing in 20.45. Damien Martin was second in 21.20 with Paul O'Connell (Northern Trust) third in 21.31.
Annette Kealy won the Women's Two Mile event in 11.17, from Maria Dolan (Certus), 11.27 and Orna Dilworth (BoI) 12.03.
The next BHAA event is the K Club 10k in Straffan on Saturday. See www.bhaa.ie for full details.
GIBBONS FIRST AT UCD
Myles Gibbons (SBR) won Saturday's Rás UCD 5k in 16.34, ahead of team-mate Paul Lynch, in 16.49. Vincent McGuinness was third in 16.56. Laura Shaughnessy was a clear winner of the Women's race in 19.16. Roisin Neary was second in 20.22 and Claire Tonry third in 20.24.
RELAYS IN RAHENY
There should be some lively competition in the Senior and Masters team competitions at next Sunday's Woodie's DIY National Road Relays which take place in Raheny. This annual event is organised by the local Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club and always produces some exciting finishes. Details at: www.athleticsireland.ie
LYNCH LAPS IT ALL UP
It was total immersion for Cork's Marguerite Lynch (36) when she decided to take on the swim-a-mile challenge last week as she completed 64 lengths of the 25m pool in a staggering 42 minutes. "I was training on my own up to four times a week plus the coaching session," she said.
The 12-week free training plan, mentored by Melanie Nocher and the Swim Ireland team, was rolled out in five locations throughout the country with more than 1,100 taking part during the final week. It began in Cork, then on to Limerick, Galway, Bangor, and finished up in Dublin.
The largest turnout was in the NAC in Dublin where 600 people took part on Friday including Sports Minister Leo Varadkar. "I was put in the lane with elite swimmers so I felt a bit like a banger on a formula one track at times," he joked after the event.