A few of our members participated in events that took place over the weekend involving actual racing. Even though the fields were relatively small, it was great to see that it could be made to work.
First up was Warren Swords, a man more frequently seen in the mountains but who came down to compete in the Pop Up Races test 5k time trials on the Le Cheile track in Leixlip on Saturday. A number of club runners among the 105 athletes took part in the 8 race event, including the likes of Sean Hehir, Warren being the sole Crusader on the day. It was a great outing for him, as, although conditions were windy and warm, Warren was able to pull out a PB run, finishing in 16:55 and 5th place in the 13 runner field. It was Warren’s first time breaking 17 minutes and he did so with negative splits. Results can be found here:
Then, on Sunday, following receipt of a late entry and with no specific training for the event, Kenan Furlong took part in the Down Royal marathon further north in Lisburn. In a field of 59 runners, Kenan placed 11th in a super PB time of 3:05:14, having found the last few kilometres understandably slightly challenging after a 1:30 first half. The race started on Down Royal racecourse, completing about 8km on that facility and then it transferred to undulating roads with 6 laps of 5.64km. It was an excellent run for Kenan who has put in some decent mileage and performed well in the virtual challenges over the past few months during lockdown. Results can be found here:
Also, on Sunday, one of our Italian exiles, Italo Giancaterina, had a super run in the Latina Half marathon, taking place not too far from Rome. In windy and warm conditions, and in a field of 573 runners, Italo placed 4th by gun and 7th by chiptime in 1:13:15.
Finally, a reminder that virtual events continue to dominate the racing scene. Luke Davis reported that he took part over the weekend in the Semi-marathon du Luxembourg where he ran well, recording a time of 1:27:54, having run a 1 mile PB earlier in the week, completing the distance in 4:57. Also, we should be wishing good luck to Julie McGrath as she embarks this coming weekend on her first marathon which will be virtual too. She hopes to replicate the Edinburgh marathon, running around the Phoenix Park for part of it and then down to the coast, a reasonable proxy for the profile of that particular event.
As usual, please let us know if there were any other events involving Crusaders that we have inadvertently missed and they can be added to the report.