Coghlan and Ganiel winners of the 2017 SSE Airtricity Fingal 10K

John Coghlan of Metro St. Brigid’s AC put in a gutsy performance today to win his first SSE Airtricity Fingal 10K in 30:38. Raheny’s Freddy Sittuk was second with 30:45 and Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC was third with 31:27.

The top three broke away from the rest of the elite field in the first kilometre and went through 5km in 15:13. At the 7km mark it was down to two, with Coughlan and Sittuk working away from Somba, who eventually had to battle with Tomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) for third. Speaking after the race, winner John Coghlan said; “I am happy with that result. It was a tough enough race. I really had to dug in at the 8-9km mark and I only started to pull away from Freddy in the last kilometre.”

In the women’s race, there was a dominant win by Gladys Ganiel (Belfast Harriers AC) crossing the line in 35:33, over a minute ahead of 2015 winner Niamh Develin (DSD AC) in 36:47. Denise Logan (BHAC) took third place in 38:01. Ganiel took to the lead early in the race and was never in danger of being caught. Speaking after the race she said: “I got everything out of the race that I was hoping for, it was a good hard run. I always enjoy taking part in the race series, it is so well organised, it’s first class.” She added: “This race is a key part of my preparation as I am seeking to secure Commonwealth Games qualification and selection for the Marathon.”

Over 4,000 runners took part today in the fifth SSE Airtricity Fingal 10K, an increase of 10% on 2016. The second of the race series, the Frank Duffy 10 Mile will take place in the Phoenix Park  on the 26th of August. The Dublin Half Marathon will take place in a new venue in 2017, the Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, Co. Dublin on Saturday September 23rd. The finale in the series, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, which is now sold out, will take place on Sunday 29th October which is also the Athletics Ireland’s National Championships.

Claire McCarthy wins Swansea ‘Half’.

Marathon Missions Claire McCarthy Leevale won today’s Swansea Half Marathon in Wales, with her time of 74 minutes 34 seconds a mere four seconds off the course record. Mick Clohisey of Raheny clocked a time of 65 minutes 33 seconds to finish second overall, followed by Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham third with 66.36.

Calling all SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Runners, A Research Study Needs You

Liverpool John Moores University would like to invite you to take part in an important research study to assess the effect of pre- and during-race nutrition on marathon performance and gastrointestinal symptoms. Should you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire. You will report detailed information about what you eat and drink the day before the marathon, and on race day. The questionnaire will also ask about any potential gastrointestinal symptoms.

If you are interested, or would like to take part, click the link below for more information.

Fulfil as Nutrition Partners for 2017

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is delighted to announce Fulfil bars as nutrition partners for the 2017 Race Series and Marathon.

Fulfil bars are the perfect fit for the runner’s post-race recovery with high protein and the RDA of 9 vitamins, all while tasting like a delicious treat.

Race director, Jim Aughney welcomed the partnership: “I am delighted to welcome Fulfil to be part of the race day experience for our runners. They have shown that they are a favourite as the fastest growing brand in the Irish snacking market”

Marathon Mission Runners to the fore

In Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Jill Hodgins was the first woman home in 2:48:18 while in the men’s David Mansfield of Clonliffe Harriers was second in in 2:29:20. Gary O’Hanlon also Clonliffe was third in 2:30.20, and Peter Mooney was fifth in 2:33.05. Clonliffe’s Sergiu Ciobanu was second in the half with 67:48.

Claire McCarthy of Leevale, who will run the marathon at the World Championships in London later this summer, finished seventh overall and first woman in Half  running 76 mins 34 secs.

AT THE WALLED CITY MARATHON in Derry, Catherine Whoriskey came out on top with a time of 2:50.38. Tullamore Harriers  Pauline Curley finished second in 2:53:08.

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