Thursday the 19th of August was the date of round 10 of this years Grand Prix series, over one mile of the track at the Morton Stadium, Santry. There was a good turnout of athletes despite the race falling bang in the middle of the holiday season as some twenty-three toed the line for the start.
At the sharp end, David Brennan led out with Murray Ahern sitting on his shoulder closely followed by Phillip Doherty, Tom Monks and Alan Smeaton. As the runners took the bell for the final lap, Brennan was still being trailed by Ahern, however, Brennan kicked to pull away and win by a four second margin in 4:58 with Murray Ahern recording 5:02 and Phillip O’Doherty crossing the line third in 5:12.
Good times were also recorded by Jim Cleary (5:58), Colm Hickey (5:32) and the man in yellow, Stephen Byrne (5:39). In the ongoing saga of the ‘battling Devitts’ Seamus again put one over on older brother Pat.
As the results of the handicap were unscrambled in the club bar, the surprise (?) winner was Alan Smeaton, (the handicapper). Any suggestions of self favouritism were quickly dispelled when Alan realised that this was one of the few, if not the only, unsponsored race in the whole series and therefore, the only thing which Alan was taking home was twenty points (not pints). Afterwards Alan made the point “that a handicapper screwing himself was illegal in certain states in America”.
The top three in the handicap were Alan Smeaton, Phillip O’Doherty and Jim Cleary.
YELLOW JERSEY UPDATE
As we have now completed ten rounds the leaderboard is really taking shape, however, bear in mind that although there are four races remaining the final score is based on an athletes twelve best results; anything can, therefore, happen between now and the end of the series on the 27th of November. Stephen Byrne has managed to extend his lead over Pat Healy, Stephen now leads on 103.5 points from Pat Healy on 97 points. Colin Hickey remains in third on 90.5 whilst Jim Cleary moves into fourth on 81.5 with Seamus Devitt now on 79.5.
Check leaderboard for up to date positions.
GREEN JERSEY UPDATE
‘Startled Buck’ was confined to his hutch for this one so never made the start line. Fastest man on the night was David Brennan with Murray Ahern in second and Phillip O’Doherty in third. David obviously took the ten points available in the green jersey competition and closes on Startled Buck to reduce the gap to 11 points. Again it seems that this is one which will go all the way to the final race.