The action continued in June with some cracking races at the DSD Games, held on their spectacular new track on 18-June. The DSD Campus is about 25 Acres of heaven and the ideal place imaginable for an athletic facility. There are wooded trails, streams, wildlife, wild flowers and a sublime track.
There were some strong performances at the 2023 DSD Games from the Craughwell Crew. Oisín Davis came home 2nd in a high class “A” 1500m in 3:56.29 PB, taking home a nice bit of cash for his efforts. Oisin was closely followed by Sean Cotter in 4th (3:57.01) and Patrick Noonan in 12th (4:12). The race was meant to be paced at 3:48 pace and the lads immediately let the two DSD boys away with their pacer Paul O’Donnell as the leaders went through 300m in under 45s.
Oisin led the chase pack for a lap but was wary of doing all the work it so Craughwell AC 1500m record-holder Sean took proper order and drove he pace on for a lap and a half, with Oisin happy to sit in. With 300m to run, the two DSD men started to come back and Oisin managed to kick past Sean and managed to catch one of the DSD men to take 2nd place on the podium and a nice PB. Sean held on well for a narrow 4th. Considering Oisin managed to split 3:48 and 3:51 men, there is a good chance that he can knock another chunk off his new PB before long.
Sinead Gaffney put on another masterclass with a strong 2:18.64 on a windy day after a conservative start, taking some strong scalps. Michelle Duggan representing UCD AC got a fine new PB of 25.82 in the 200m to win her heat in dominant fashion. Michelle’s performances in her resurgence to athletics are really starting to turn heads – there are few feelings as good in athletics as an unanticipated second coming!!
Jamie and Oisin are pictured below with DSD Legends Olympian Noel Berkley (27:55 10k pb!!) and multiple national champion cross-country beast Peter Matthews.
Speaking of second-comings, Jamie Fallon continued his fantastic form when running Dunshaughlin and closing in a superb 30:34, knocking a second off his time from the same race last year. Jamie finished 3rd on the day.