Club President Maurice Ahern stayed ahead of the field to take victory in Round 3 of the 2005 Grand Prix Series in the 2½ mile road/trail race sponsored by Eugene McCarrick in Malahide Castle on Thursday the 5th of May.
Once again there was an excellent turn out which including guests and non-competitors in the Series topped 30 runners. There was also a substantial turn out of Club members to officiate which is very much appreciated and ensured the smooth running of the race.
The McCarrick 2½ mile race is an open handicap, first away was Maurice Ahern followed at intervals determined by the handicapper by the rest of the field right down to scratch runners Martin Tracey and Erwin De Wilde.
The route consists of one lap around the perimeter of the castle over varying surfaces from tarmac (which included newly resurfaced quite soft tarmac) to some gravel and clay. It is also quite a difficult lap to judge resulting in some runners running very fast over the early section trying to catch the runner ahead and then to a degree running out of steam over the second half.
As the runners hit the final straight the field had come together somewhat however Maurice could not be caught to take victory and bagged twenty points. In second place was non-competitor in the Series, Clonliffe lady, Terry Tracey.
In the Grand Prix after Maurice Ahern separated by one second margins were Alan Smeaton, Shay Byrne and Pat Bonass.
The fastest time of the night was recorded by Martin Tracey who ran a blistering 13:35. Second fastest was Dave Brennan with the flying Dutchman, Erwin, third.
Once again the leaderboard has changed and we will have a new yellow jersey wearer in the next round with Shay Byrne on 47 points, from Colm Hickey on 40.5 and Pat Devitt on 34.
The next round is the 4 Mile Grass Race to be held in Malahide Castle on May 19th @ 8.00 p.m. subject to favourable ground conditions.