Sunday, 5th of March 2006. Ballycotton 10-mile Road race is one of the premier road races in the country, this year attracting over 4300 entries. The race is one of the longest running races in Ireland.
Yesterday on a cold breezy day, Craughwell posted a very creditible performance with two runners in the top 100.
The male race was won in by high flying Raheny Shamrock athlete Vinny Mulvey, the same man who won the inter-clubs cross country last weekend. His time of 49:03 was a relatively slow victory for this course (the record is 47:00) and reflected the breezy conditions.
Second Male was Latvian regular Sandis Bralitis in 50:24, followed by Cian McLoughlin of Cloniffe Harriers in 50:49.
Irelands most versatile female runner, Pauline Curley was first woman home in a highly respectable 56:33. She was the 27th finisher overall. Second in the womens race was Sligo's Lucy Brennan in 59:50, 86th overall - an excellent run as she is over 45. Third female was Lynn Jolly in 60:53.
First Craughwell runner home was Mark Davis in 58:15, 44th overall. Second (and last) Craughwell runner was Michael Tobin in 60:22, 93rd overall. These were pb's for both of us and we were delighted with both the results and our top-100 finisher T-Shirts! Not a bad finishing position considering the size and quality of the field.
There was lots of other local interest too - with a powerful contingent of athletes turning up from Athenry - 7 in total. They were lead home by distance-powerhouse Mick Rice in a PB for him of 58:22, 49th place. The other Athenry runners finished not far behind and almost all scored PB's so that is definitely a club that is moving onwards and upwards. I'm sure there will be more news on that on http://www.athenryac.com, (viewable through our "other athletics news" link.
Whatever images we have from the event are in the photo gallery.
Full results are here.
Race reports to follow.