The Great Ireland Run was back in the Park again. This iconic event took place for the 20th year. What a great morning for racing with crisp calm conditions and clear blue skies. The sight of the event's blue t-shirts with blue skies looked picture perfect. Dublin City Harriers who's event this belongs to was just top class. Every aspect of the event was managed with huge professionalism and lots of experience among all its volunteers and helpers.
Participants were given a great race experience in the Phoenix Park. The music blared out was just the ticket to get everybody in the mood. We also had one of Ireland's best commentators and regularly tours the world for Ironman events on the Mic. This is just a flavour of the excitement and entertainment provided at today's event.
The race itself was also part of the Athletics Ireland National 10k Road Championships. Clubs from all over the country attended for national medals. Every part of the country was covered. Long travels by Inishowen AC, Leevale AC, Mayo AC, Mullingar Harriers and many many more all took to the line.
We had a great mens race with Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC coming out on top in a time of 30:49. Mick was closely followed and always had something to think about as Craughwell AC 's Jamie Fallon was hot on his heels for the majority of the race. These 2 athletes have had a couple of great battles over the last few months. Rory O'Connor of North Cork AC was 3rd.
The women's race was also a great spectacle with some very competitive battles and some fast times recorded. The top 20 were all under 40 mins. Sinead O'Connor of Leevale A.C. took the title in a time of 34:20. Ciara Wilson of DMP A.C.was 2nd with Laura McDonnell of Rathfarnham WSAF A.C. in 3rd.
Team results were 4 to score for men in the open Race and 3 for women. Crusaders A.C. were the men's winners and Raheny Shamrock A.C. were the womens based on the top placed club athletes.
The Athletics Ireland National Championships teams were scored differently leading to a difference in the women's team results in comparison to the Main open team results. Nationals teams were based on the top 4 senior men and 3 women across the line just like the open team. However, due to 35+ and 50+ age teams, clubs could declare specific athletes to be in an age cat team. Once 3 athletes were declared for an age cat team they could not move down an age category team or have another athlete fill their place.
If teams were undeclared athletes would be placed by the youngest member of the team.ex. First 4 men across the line for a club would be a senior team if any 1 of those athletes are senior. (2 senior and 2 35+). Likewise if 2 35+ plus athletes and 1 50+ were the next best placed they would be classed as 35+ team and so on.
National results are provisional until next week. Well done to all participants, Dublin City Harriers, Athletics Ireland and all those who contributed to a fantastic event.
Great Ireland Run Results Link
START LINE VIDEO
Mick Clohissey Wins Great Ireland Run & National 10k
Sinead O'Connor Wins Great Ireland Run & National 10k
Post Race Interview With Mick Cohissey
Finish Line Video Up To 46mins 30 sec