William Wins Dunshaghlin in Club Record Time

William Wins Dunshaghlin in Club Record Time

Saturday evening was slightly muggy and breezy for the 2024 Dunshaughlin road race. Dunshaughlin is probably the highest standard 10km road race in Ireland and this year was no exception with over 230 runners breaking the magical 40 minute barrier.

This was my first time running the course and I was impressed with the route if not quite my performance! It starts off quickly with a sweeping downhill start and mostly flat first 5km. In the 2nd half you have to work, particularly on the 7th km which is largely uphill.

William Fitzgerald has been training very well recently and was brim full of confidence following possibly his best block of consistent high-level training ever. Jamie Fallon has also been in great form and proved it with a massive new club 5km record of 14:25 last week. Both lads ran together for the whole route in a good group of 5 athletes.

William sat off the back of the lead group with Jamie until half way when he briefly took the lead a couple of times. A 1500m PB of 3:58 a few weeks ago in Belfast has given him increased confidence in his top-end speed so he decided to wait until 200m to go before making his move. He made the move decisively, blasting to the front and cruising his way home to a great new Club Record of 30:09. Watch the finish from the overhead below – William is the first white dot and Jamie the 4th! William’s 2nd half was 15:01. Jamie was 4th in an exceptional new personal best of 30:18 for 4th, which he ran in two completely even 15:09 5kms.

Jordan Walsh came into the race with a personal best of 34:30 from Dunboyne and set himself the target of breaking 34 minutes. Jordan has been training well and continues to improve – he also ran almost even splits to finish with a superb 33:55 and tick off the magic sub-34 barrier!

I was the last Craughwell man home. I’ve had a fairly rough year with injuries but training is starting to turn the corner now so I’d set a target of sub-35 minutes. I went out way too hard, covering the first 5km in 17:12 and completely tanking in the 2nd 5km – I found the hills tough and have no idea how the lads up the front ran even or negative splits!. In the end I finished with a 35:03 so not too bad. Very proud of the lads and happy to see the work that they have put in paying dividends.

Craughwell were 3rd team home. Well done to the organisers in Dunshaughlin who had a gread spread and a good set of prizes. It’s a real quality old-shool club-race with something in it for everyone. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

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