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MacDiarmada wins inaugural Fingal 10k in Swords

For the first time in history the Dublin Race series ventured beyond the walls of the Phoenix Park heading to County Fingal, North County Dublin and the town of Swords for this morning`s Fingal 10k. It was an outstanding success under the stewardship of Clonliffe`s Tom Griffin as some 4,200 took to the roads. A dry day but a strong breeze tested the athletes along with a number of challenging hills it would be a tough race. In the early stages the leading half a dozen included Clonliffe duo Michael Mac Diarmada and Gary O`Hanlon, at 5k it was down to the Clonliffe pair and as Gary hit a little bit of a rough spot MacDiarmada struck to drive on for a fine win in 31.31 some ten seconds clear. A very good performance by Michael MacDiarmada after a peroid of injury in his come back race as he builds towards the National Half Marathon.

Other good Clonliffe performances included a really good race from Declan Power 10th overall in 33.39 and 1st O/40. Ailish Malone was 3rd woman and 46th overall in 36.43. Others: Ernie Ramsey 20th (34.51), Chris Muldoone 35.17, Darren Reilly 36.55, Conor Keane 36.57, Tom Frayne 36.57, Hans De Raeymaeker 39.26, Richie Case 39.35, Maurice McCrohan 40.11, Declan Murray 40.56. Full results are on www.dublinmarathon.ie.

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