Monday, March 28, 2011

Race reports - Kildalkey and Dunboyne

The Kildalkey 5 mile race was hosted by Fr Murphy's AC on St Patrick's day. It was good weather for it and there was a good turnout. It was a pretty flat course, some of which winded through the local bog on a trail and the last couple of hundred metres went through a housing estate to finish at the community centre. There were 178 finishers and I got an official time of 38:42. I was having stomach issues due to eating lunch a bit late so could have done a lot better. The refreshments afterwards were great and plenty of them. Everyone who registered also got a free high viz vest, much needed on our dark path-less roads! The winner completed the course in just over 26 minutes!

Just yesterday (27th), Dunboyne AC held their 42nd annual 4 mile road race in great weather. Over 750 had registered and more turned up at the last minute to make the numbers swell to just over 1,000 - a record turnout. The course wound through Dunboyne village, out the Maynooth road, back in along Summerhill Road, through the village and some housing estates and back along the Navan Road, (a figure of 8 course) to the finish line. The crowds were a big help cheering us on and with chip timing, goodie bags and t-shirts we got great value for money. My time (unofficially) was 38:42, but bear in mind I was pushing a buggy with two kids in it weighing a total of about 53kg! The lucky kids got to sleep while I was doing all the work! The winner - a member of Clonliffe Harrriers - finished in just over 18 minutes, over 20 seconds ahead of the second placed runner!


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