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Athletics News - Thursday 8 Sep 2011

Hugely Successful Rockford Run

This year's 4 Mile Rockford Run was completely revamped and turned out
to be an outstanding success with a record turnout of almost 265 athletes, fun
runners and walkers. The race was won by Irish International Brian
Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers after a thrilling finish which saw him
overcome Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham by just 2 seconds with former Irish
International Vinny Mulvey in 3rd position. The womens section was won
by the hugely experienced Annette Kealy of Raheny with Aoife Culhane
of Dundrum South Dublin taking second with Orla O'Mahoney of Raheny
taking 3rd position. The team section was won by Rathfarnham (Men)
with the Tinryland team of Eddie O'Neill 9th, Pat Byrne 10th, Dwayne
Farrell 11th and Colin Payne 22nd taking 2nd in the event. Other local
winners were Eddie Walsh (over 55) and JJ Murphy (over 60).

This was another major improvement on last years event with the run
receiving great praise from all competitors on the day. This year the
run benefited from widespread promotional work with a new Facebook
page, a revised course which measures exactly 4 miles, the increased
numbers using the online entry facility, the water stations, live
music along with a special draw for competitors after the race with
many excellent spot prizes on offer. The winners of the main prize was
Joe Dunny, 1,000 Euro Holiday Voucher. The prize-giving and showing of
the race video took place afterwards in Tinryland GAA Centre,
Rathcrogue.
Prior to the race the Rockford Mini Marathon was held for juveniles
between the ages of 8 and 15 with 65 competitors taking part with
Cormac Buggy and Siofra O'Flaherty winning their respective events.Great
credit is due to race director Sean Doyle and his team of local
organisers in particular Pat and Carol Byrne, the caterers and
stewards for the vast amount of work put in over the last few months.

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