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Athletics News - Wednesday 15 Sep 2004

Rockford Race

A string of top Irish athletes will be among the starters at the 25th Annual Rockford Rooftile 4 mile Road Race in Tinryland Village on Sunday next at 2 pm. Top Irish International Seamus Power of Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) will be one of the favourites to win along with fellow International Peter Matthews of Dundrum South Dublin who won this race in 2001.
Over the years the ‘Rockford’ has produced a string of very fast times and with a prize fund of 8000 Euro on offer on Sunday the long standing course record of 18.46 is sure to be tested with a bonus of 500 Euro for any athlete who dips under Dave Taylor’s 1982 mark. Pat Byrne of the local Tinryland AC who has previously finished third in this event will also be expected to figure prominently having produced a fine string of performances throughout the year including a National 10km win in Sligo.
An added incentive for athletes is a dash for cash bonus, which will be awarded to the first athlete to reach the 1-mile mark and finishes inside 22 minutes 30 seconds.
In the women’s section the possible participation of last years winner Catherina McKiernan will put her womens course record of 21.34 under pressure and with former winner Pauline Curley of Tullamore also in the line up a battle for the top prize is guaranteed.
Carlow athletes are expected to figure prominently in the Mens Junior category with Danny Darcy and his St. Laurence O’Toole club mates Brian Kirwan and Kevin Lawlor carrying the main local hopes.
The mens and womens team events are always well contested with Liffey Valley defending the mens event for the Paddy Byrne cup and Sportsworld hoping to retain the womens team category for the Sean Delaney trophy.
The main event on Sunday will commence at 2pm and will be preceded at 1pm by races for boys and girls Under 11, 13, and 15.
The prize presentation will take place in Tinryland GAA Club at 4 pm where a video of the race will also be shown.
There will be goody bags, special 25th Anniversary T-Shirts and refreshments for all entrants. During the race, the O’Donoghue school of Dancers will entertain the spectators in the Village Square. The entry fee for the race is 10 Euro and athletes can register in the local school from 12 pm onwards.

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