After a misty start, the weather was perfect and the reversal of the route didn't seem to have an adverse affect on the times, which were broadly speaking faster than last year.

Congratulations to everyone who ran and helped out - especially to the commitee of Peter (race director), Tony (club chairman), Patrick, Val and Mark.   Last year I spent the time cooped up in an office and there were only a few (admittedly nice) buns left by the time I got out.  This year however we had redtag timing and John Cuniffe's crack crew helped me both see the race and sample the amazing spread afterwards.

First home in a smashing course record of 49:12 was great Tallaght athlete Sean Connolly.  Sean went through half way in 24:38 and 10k in 30:31, but bounced home from there on, well clear of the second placed man, Paul Buckley of Ferbane AC.  Buckley had a nip and tuck battle with Matt Bidwell of GCH but had the strength to hold off the talented Harriers runner finishing in 53:06 to Bidwell's 53:20..

First lady home was again Pauline Curley who bettered her time of last year completing the course in 58:59, just ahead of Mary Scully in 59:16.  In third place was Donna Mahon in 60:53. 

The toughest battle of all was for the Open Team event which went to GCH in an amazingly close 12 seconds ahead of a super-strong combination team of Clonliffe Harriers and Rathfarnham.

The full provisional results are here in:

Provisional Results PDF Form

Provisional Results XLS Form

I see a few things that need fixing at first glance but will get back to it later!!! Please post comments with any corrections and we will try to enhance them over the coming days.  Well done again to all competitors and helpers and see you all next year hopefully!

 2011 Open Championships

Open Men:

1. Sean Connolly  49:12

2. Paul Buckley  53:06

3. Matt Bidwell 53:20

 

Open Women:

1. Pauline Curley 58:59

2. Mary Scully 59:16

3. Donna Mahon 60:53

 

Open Teams:

1. Galway City Harriers 6:08:16

2. RathLiffe 6:08:27

 

Open F40:

1. Collette Touhy 

2. Maura Dervin

 

Open F50:

1. Bernie Kelly 

2. Carmel McDomhnall

 

 

 

Training's done, just a note as a reminder on tomorrow's schedule.  The weather is meant to dry up by start time - and that counts as a good day in ireland!!  Peter's arrangements note can be viewed below.  A big thanks in advance to the marshals and other helpers freely giving their time to support the local athletic club, and best of luck to the competitors - really looking forward to seeing you all. 

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Well done to Clarinbridge on one of the finest displays of hurling seen for a long time in the all-ireland club hurling championships today. Worthy champions and a sublime advert for playing the game cleanly and skillfully. What has this to do with athletics or the Craughwell 10? Well the route of the Craughwell 10 goes deep into Clarinbridge territory and passes the houses of some of the players. It might be worth treading lightly as there may be some sore heads along the route!

Well, it's said that the world was created in seven days, so it should be just about enough time to put the finishing touches on the race preperations!  I'm the king of the Last-Minute men, and I only got around to mixing up some highlights of last-years event below to whet your appetites for next Sunday.

 

I know, I know it's late - sorry! Maybe you are a last-minute kind of person too? If so, you have until midnight on Paddy's day to sign up online. There will also be on the day registration at an extra fiver (just to encourage the early birds). Thanks again to John O'Connor for the great pictures and to Erin Fitzpatrick for the camerawork.

Friday the 20th. .