Under lights at Morton Stadium last night Declan Power led the field on a merry dance in the Club 10,000 Championship for the Bonass Trophy. the Championship was incorporated into the latest round of the Grand Prix Series and drew a bumper field of some 50 starters, undoubtedly the largest 10,000 track championship in the country. Although Declan refrained from “turning cartwheels across the floor”, he certainly left the opposition feeling “kinda seasick” and looking a “Whiter shade of Pale”!
Chased hard in the early laps by Sean Doran and Tom Sherlock, in the end Declan powered away to win and be crowned the Club 10,000 champion 2018 (possibly his third or fourth win in this event?) in a fast 33:47. Tom Sherlock was runner up with Sean Doran 3rd. Declan won the Bonass Trophy, sponsored by Pat Bonass.
It was also pleasing to see such a great turnout of women athletes for the Women’s Championship and the first ever Women’s Cup, again sponsored by Pat Bonass which was own by Maura Matthews in a time of 40.58 from Emma Dunne, the 2017 Grand Prix Champion and Aideen Brady 3rd.
In the Grand Prix handicap, 1st place was taken by Murray Ahern from Sinead Smith and Joe Cole 3rd.
A big thank you to the officials who kept tight tabs on affairs and succeeded in keeping athletes firmly on track for the 25 laps of Santry and a big thank you also to sponsor, Pat Bonass.