Tallaght Athletes Rock “N” Roll in National Half Marathon Championships


Tallaght Athletes Rock “N” Roll in National Half Marathon Championships

Tallaght athletes rocked “n” rolled their way to some very good performances in The National Half Marathon Championships which was combined with the Dublin “Rock N Roll” Half marathon and 10k Road Race on Sunday 7th August last when Laura Mc Donnell ran 4.29 faster than last year to record a new personal best time of 1.23.19 when finishing 5th overall of the 1,040 female club runners who entered the Championship and 6th overall in the field of 3,032 female contestants in the Rock “N” Roll race.

Tara Woods (1.38.41) was next to cross the finish line in 10th in the Senior Women’s category and she was followed home by Jaqui Boyle (1.39.43) who secured the Bronze medal in the O/45 category with Pauline Madden (1.41.21) and 8th in the O/35 category next to finish. Sarah Kinsella (1.53.19) followed her home and then came Claire O’ Brien (1.54.06), Liz Pepper (1.57.41), Suzanne Sweeney (1.59.34), Caroline Nolan (2.02.16), Helen Sweeney (2.05.37), Caroline Keating (2.09.44), Caroline Madden O’ Sullivan (2.07.07), Niamh Mahon (2.08.19), Caroline Keating (2.09.44), Audrey Kelly (2.16.13), Claire O’ Toole (2.22.16), Meena Verma (2.24.12) and Grainne Coogan (2.26.54).

Luke Coleman (1.21.34) when finishing 16th of the 1,002 male club runners who entered the Championship contest and 61st overall in the field of 3219 male contestants in the Rock “N” Roll race. He was followed home by, Padraig Griffin (1.22.51), Billy Loughman (1.24.04), Liam Cullen (1.24.12), David Callaghan (1.28.06), Gerry Dore (1.31.10), Karl Gill (1.31.41), Gerry Schley (1.31.41), David O’ Brien (1.32.29) and Derek Quinn (1.33.39) who won Silver in the O/55 category.

Karl O’ Toole (1.35.07) was next to finish, followed by Dave Meehan (1.35.26), Chris Dalton (1.35.45), Barry Cullen (1.37.24), Eddie Donegan (1.38.42), Paul Murphy (1.43.13). and Gary Clarke (1.44.59) who won Bronze in the O/65 category.

Shay Murphy (1.44.59) was next followed by, Sandro Giglione (1.46.42), James Kennedy (1.47.35), Brendan Ryan (1.50.55), Alan Mc Cabe (1.52.42), Alan Mac Donnell (1.53.08), Joe Pepper (1.54.34), Terry Fayne (1.57.16), Rob O’ Brien (1.58.31) and Pat Kelly who bravely fought on to complete the course after he picked up an injury in the early stages of the race.

Elsewhere in Swansea, Shola Edodo competed on the Irish relay team that combined to record 42.92 when they dominated the U18 4X100m contest.

A few days earlier a number of athletes recorded wins in the last Dublin Graded Meet Series on home ground where Joseph Lyons comfortably held off all challengers when winning the grade “A” 400m in 52.01, almost two seconds faster the next runner . Eoghan Keaney also recorded a win when he was first across the line in the grade “C” 3000m in 10.08.26 whilst Derek Kennedy did likewise in the grade “C” 100m with a time of 12.68 and he later finished second in the grade “C” 400m in 58.74. In the ladies grade “B” 400m, Kayleigh Clarke finished 5th in 57.41 and was followed home by Sarah Doyle in 8th (68.69).

Elsewhere, at the Le Cheile International T&F meet in Newbridge a week earlier there were some sound performances from the likes of Eoin Doherty and Josephi Ojewumi recorded times of 11.13 and 11.18 when finishing 6th and 7th respectively the 100m “A” race that included athletes from Jamaica, USA, Scotland and the winner Leon Reid from the North and in the “B” race Shola Edodo finished 4th (11.67) with Sean Bolger in 6th (12.01) and he recorded a win in the grade “C” 200m with a time of 23.70.

In the 800m contests Sarah Rehill recorded 2.23.84 when finishing 6th in category “B” which was a very good performance considering she never raced over the distance at this level while Joseph Lyons finished 9th in the Men’s “A” contest in 1.57. 567.