It was a relatively quiet weekend in road racing terms with few events taking place around the country. It meant, however, for a decent turnout in Dingle which saw at least 12 of our members embark on another Cru road trip to take on the half and full marathons down in Kerry.
Ten Crusaders tackled the half marathon on a scenic course that is east to west, so running into the prevailing wind, and undulating (but perhaps not as much as Connemara), in conditions that were cool and wet. There were also problems with the chip-timing which has led to some confusion with the results.
First across the line for the club was James Moran, continuing his excellent form, in 10th place out of nearly 1,600 runners, in a time of 1:22:51. He was followed by Diarmuid Byrne in 18th place in a great PB time of 1:27:48. Next home was Eugene McDonough who had been touch and go for the race with a pulled calf muscle but still managed a 1:31:13 finish, placing 33rd. Both Diarmuid and Eugene are training for the Dublin marathon. Donnacha McCarthy, who is visually impaired, also took on the challenge, finishing the event in 2:12:05 and 767th place .
We had 4 women in the race and they all ran well. Aoife Clarke placed 131st overall, 14th woman, in 1:42:01, (possibly two minutes slower but a huge PB nonetheless) followed by Edwina Quinlan who placed 260th overall, 45th woman, and having come off her sickbed earlier in the week, in 1:50:39. Then, two runners came in close together. Darina Scully placed 330th overall in 1:54:06 (although this may be inaccurate and she may have run closer to 1:51:45) with Hazel Greene not too far behind in 333rd place overall in 1:54:18 (again likely to be a 1:51 time). Darina was 72nd and Hazel, 73rd, in the women’s race. Maria Pertl, who found the going tough and did well to finish (after spending 15 minutes in an ambulance close to the line at 20.96km and getting there in a time of 1:42:30), completed the picture, placing 543rd overall, 165th woman, in 2:02:43. All, apart from Darina, are tackling the Dublin marathon again this year. Carina Davidson also ran, coming home in 1:57:26, 398th overall and 101st woman finisher.
We had 4 runners in the full marathon. On the challenging course in the rain, and in her 3rd marathon of the year, Katie Eisenhauer managed to come home in a time of 3:30:46, which gave her 46th place overall (out of more than 450 finishers) and either 3rd or 4th place in the women’s event. The chip-timing results say 4th, but Katie was presented with the 3rd place trophy by the organisers, and, therefore, it is possible that one of the results was otherwise erroneous (a man running with a woman’s number?). Brenton Systermans was next in 3:38:50 for 71st place and he was followed by Liam Diskin who came home in 155th place in 4:00:40. Lukasz Batruch also ran, coming home just behind Katie in 48th place in a time of 3:31:22. Sadly, both Katie and Brenton are now wending their way back to their native Australia, but they have been a great addition to the club whilst in Ireland and we wish them all the best and hope they will continue to represent us down under.
There was also little action on the part of club members in the parkruns at the weekend. Dublin marathon-bound Denis Murphy took on St. Anne’s and, in a field of nearly 200 runners, he placed 38th in a time of 21:47. The Shine family were involved in Cabinteely, with Lisa, Fiona and Mairin placing overall respectively 21st, 22nd and 39th (3rd, 4th and 12th female finishers). Both Lisa and Fiona were given the same time of 24:39, which suggests that Lisa has the bragging rights from a last minute sprint and Mairin ran 27:44. Finally, Dave Cuddy came home in 2nd place in a small field of 19 runners in his home town of Athlone in a time of 21:54.
Dingle Half Marathon Overall Place Name Cat. Place Chiptime 1 John Meade 1 01:13:13 25 Ciara Wilson 1 01:29:40 Crusaders AC runners 10 James Moran 01:22:51 18 Diarmuid Byrne 01:27:48 (PB) 33 Eugene McDonough 01:31:13 131 Aoife Clarke 01:42:01(PB), 260 Edwina Quinlan 01:50:39 330 Darina Scully 01:54:06 333 Hazel Greene 01:54:18 398 Carina Davidson 01:57:26 543 Maria Pertl 02:02:43 767 Donnacha McCarthy 02:12:05 Full results here: http://www.titansports.ie/race-results/
Dingle Marathon Overall Place Name Cat. Place Chiptime 1 Eoin Sugrue 1 02:40:18 6 Hannah Fothergill 1 03:05:15 Crusaders AC runners 46 Katie Eisenhauer 03:30:46 48 Lukasz Batruch 03:31:22 71 Brenton Systermans 03:38:50 155 Liam Diskin 04:00:40 Full results here: http://www.titansports.ie/race-results/
Cabinteely Parkrun #75 Overall place Name Cat. Place Chiptime 1 Donatus Jocius 1 00:19:03 9 Joanne Ryan 1 00:21:15 Crusaders AC runners 21 Lisa Shine 00:24:39 22 Fiona Shine 00:24:39 39 Mairin Shine 00:27:44 Full results here: http://www.parkrun.ie/cabinteely/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=75
St Annes’s Parkrun #146 Overall place Name Cat. Place Chiptime 1 Jamie Killeen 1 00:18:04 26 Caitriona Costello 1 00:20:51 Crusaders AC runner 38 Denis Murphy 00:21:47 Full results here: http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=146
Athlone Parkrun #56 Overall place Name Cat. Place Chiptime 1 Unknown 1 00:20:56 10 Colette Anderson 1 00:28:05 Crusaders AC runner 2 Dave Cuddy 00:21:54 Full results here: http://www.parkrun.ie/athlone/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=56