Athletics News - Sunday 30 Apr 2006
Tinryland take Gold in National 10km Championships
Tinryland AC Mens team regained the National 10km team title after some fine performances in the championships, which were held in excellent conditions in Tinryland on Sunday last.
From the start of the race, some of the pre-race favourites made their intentions known with David Kelly of Sligo taking the lead for the opening 2 km with Latvian native Sandis Bralitis and Paul McNamara of Athenry along with local Pat Byrne in close pursuit.
At the halfway mark, Bralitis, who recently won the Half Marathon Championships in Latvia, had a narrow lead over McNamara with Peter Matthews of Dundrum leading the chasing pack. In the closing number of kilometres, the Dublin based Irish International McNamara made his decisive break and was a worthy winner in a time of 30 mins 08 with Matthews 5 seconds further back in 2nd and Bralitis, who faded in the latter part of the race 3rd. Former winner Pat Byrne was the first local home in 5th position having lost out to Letterkenny Veteran Padraig McKinney in the final sprint with Kelly in 6th.
It was a great day for the Tinryland club with London based Paul Doyle 20th, Dwayne Farrell 21st, and Tommy Payne 24th ensuring a magnificent team victory. Only a mere 8 seconds separated these athletes who ran as part of a small group for the entire duration of the event. Other impressive runs on the day came from Eddie O’Neill 41st, Eddie Walsh 65th, JJ Murphy 78th, John Maye 110th PJ Doyle 135th and John Stephens 150th.
Tinryland won the team section ahead of Dublin clubs Rathfarnham and Liffey Valley. Tommy Payne was 2nd in the over 45 section while John Joe Murphy was 3rd in the over 55 section.
The womens race was won in convincing fashion by Tullamore athlete Pauline Curley in a time of 34 mins 16 with Niamh O’Sullivan of Riocht AC, Castleisland 2nd in 34 mins 52 with Eimear Martin of Sportsworld 3rd in 36 mins 01. The team section was won by Sportsworld.
There was prizegiving and refreshments organized by the Tinryland Ladies Football Club after the race in the clubhouse.
Credit is due to all the officials and volunteers who helped out on the day