Friday 15 December 2017

Hamilton carries on up the Kyber to secure Irish runner 5-mile glory

Paddy Hamilton from Annadale Striders led home a record entry in Saturday's National Lottery Irish Runner 5 Mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park in 24:56 after a storming run up the Kyber Pass to the finish.

Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers chased Hamilton home in 25:04, with Mark Hoey from Star of the Sea AC taking third in 25:07.

Siobhan O'Doherty (Borrisokane AC) took the women's race in 27:53 -- five seconds ahead of Julie Turley (Dromore AC). Gladys Ganiel O'Neill (North Belfast Harriers) was third in 28:40.

This was a first victory for Hamilton in the Irish Runner event and the Annadale runner was delighted with his Dublin success.

"It came down in the end to a race up the Kyber Pass in the closing stages and I was lucky to be able to kick hard for home once we hit that long and difficult hill," Hamilton said.

One man who was determined not to miss this year's race was 73-year-old Brian Tyrrell from Poppintree on Dublin's Northside -- a man well known over the years for his inventive fancy dress outfits at events like the Dublin Marathon.

He used 'Irish Runner' magazine's 30th anniversary as the theme for his outfit on this occasion, and he was happy to walk the route.

Tyrrell, who has a marathon PB of 3:09, started to run back in the early 1980s when his children were members of the now defunct Poppintree AC. He completed over 40 marathons and it was only ill health in recent years that eventually slowed him down. Brian's daughter Louise and her husband Brian Fagan also ran in Saturday's event.

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