Tallaght AC`s Tom Fitzpatrick continued his excellent form with a course record win in tonight`s Clonliffe 2 in Santry. The 124th edition of the race drew a good field of 135 starters with considerable quality on show.
In excellent conditions the race got underway at 8.00pm sharp on the mondo track in the Morton Stadium with Tom Fitzpatrick taking up the running after 100m and then leading the field out the stadium gates heading Northwards. The big Tallaght man was followed by a trio of Kenyan athletes lead by Raheny Shamrock`s Freddy Sittuk, also well up was young Aaron Hanlon just home for the Summer from Providence College, Rhode Island.
At the Crowne Plaza turn into Santry Demesne Fitzpatrick had a good advantage of several dozen meters which he extended over the Park Loop leading back into the stadium with Sittuk nearly 10 seconds in arrears. At the finish last year`s course record was consigned to history as a new record of 9.05 was recorded. 1st Tom Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC), 2nd Freddy Sittuck 9.11 (Raheny) , 3rd Peter Somba (Project Kenya), 4th Aaron Hanlon.
1st woman was Clonliffe`s Louise Reilly in 11.16. 1st Junior Josh Stubbs (Clonliffe) 10.29, 1st Junior woman Laura Tuite (Clonliffe) 11.52.
The prizes, including the magnificent Tommy Burton Cup, were presented by race sponsor Eugene Kavanagh of the “Grave Diggers” in Glasnevin. Eugene has been a most generous sponsor of this race now for 29 years, assisted by Clonliffe President Paddy Marley and Race Director Mick Kearney.
(Pictured race winner, Tom Fitzpatrick and sponsor, Eugene Kavanagh)
Clonliffe would like to thank Eugene, An Gardaí, St. John`s Ambulance, all who officiated and stewarded and the athletes for their support of Ireland`s oldest race.
Results click: 124th Clonliffe 2 results