Thursday night on the roads

Ciara Peelo Reports: Long social runs often lead to great ideas and so came the idea for a few of us to enter the Clonee 10k. A group of 5 keen Clonliffe athletes toed the start line in conditions that seemed warm and very humid but bearable. That assessment did not last long as we moved away from the open space onto smaller country roads with high hedgerows stopping any light breeze or even air for that matter to grace the course!
Starting out at a conservative pace seemed like the right idea although that conservative pace seemed to take its toll and for some it soon became mind over matter. The mind telling the body not to stop, just keep going. You have run this before you can definitely do it again. As an athlete came we were telling ourselves to stick with him/her and soon another few hundred metres had passed and the finishing line was ever closer. Eventually the much anticipated finish gantry was in sight and it was time to make one last push if possible for the finish. Mary Ketterer, true to form, finished exceptionally strongly and pushed through to finish 5th lady on the night. Ciara Peelo 6th lady, Maura Matthews 8th and in hot pursuit was Elaine McLaughlin in 10th. The ladies were rewarded for their very credible finishes with 2nd overall in the team event. Ciara also finished 2nd F40, Mary 1st F45 and Maura 3rd F45. Alan Worrall represented the men on the night and finished 6th in his age category. He was happy to boast about the fact that he could run home after the race!
Though it wasn’t a night for times it was a very enjoyable event and exceptionally well run by Dunboyne AC. One for others to consider doing in the future. The course definitely seemed very fair and had it not been for the weather conditions, who knows how much faster everyone may have run!

Also last night at the Docklands 5k Eoghan Murphy was 18th in a time of 17:17, followed by Larry McKenna  in 80th place in 19:00 and Alison O’Sullivan in a time of 24:47.