22nd Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race a resounding success

Not even two days of heavy rain and high winds could put a stop to the brilliant West Waterford AC organised 22nd annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race. It took a mammoth effort by many to get the whole show up and “running” after battling with wind-rain-flooding-trees which fell across the course hours before race start.  However, the dedicated crew were not to be beaten, along with the help from the man above the horrendous weather did subside for the day and they were able to get the event under-way.
Last Sunday’s race was a total Dungarvan community effort at its best and it was heart-warming to hear all the positive comments from the athletes and the supporters after the race. Everyone’s help was really and truly appreciated and every person no matter what their chore was at the event, your help made the day what it was, a superb day for our town.
Former Olympian and World Cross Country Champion and Honorary Life member of West Waterford AC, John Treacy got the race under-way from the Youghal Road at 1 p.m. on the button and it was a sight to behold as the huge field made its way on the short 1 mile town loop before heading for the country.
The event itself was never going to see course records on the day being threatened because of the high winds but nonetheless we were served up some tremendous
battles. In fact, going on such a success we expect that there will once again be unprecedented demand for this race and only rightly so, roll on 2014!!
The list of elite athletes diminished a little in the days leading up to the race as we lost course record holder Sean Hehir through injury and then Brian Maher of Kilkenny cried off at the last minute, nevertheless the top runners served up a really exciting foray for the huge crowd that turned out to watch the event. A group of seven soon formed after the start and in this were Philip Harty, Sandis Bralitis and Raivis Zakis of the host club West Waterford AC, Gary O’Hanlon, Clonliffe Harriers, Chris Harrington, Leevale, Andrew Connick, Ferrybank and Robbie Matthews, Dunshaughlin AC.
These seven ran stride for stride for the first mile into the wind as they clocked 5.07. The tempo was maintained for the next mile as it was an identical split 10.14 and this group were still together. Just after mile two Raivis Zakis found the early pace a tad too fast as they went through 3 miles in 15.16 and he duly dropped off the back, by mile 4 in a time of 20.29 he was soon to be followed by team mate Sandis Bralitis.
This left four to battle for the top honours. The group passed the half-way mark in 25.57 and just on the turn at the Brickeys, Matthews tried to make his move going through mile six in 31.09. This lead was short lived as O’Hanlon, Harty and Connick
quickly covered the danger and the four were back together by mile 7 in 36.16. Battling the wind they passed mile 8 in 41.23 and at this stage Harty and O’Hanlon were after pulling away from the other two and it was a two-man race for the top spot from here.
Philip and Gary battled away through the 9th mile in 46.39 and then on a slight down- hill section on the Youghal road Gary opened a slight but decisive gap on Philip, one which he was to hold all the way to the line taking the victory in a time of 51.21, despite the brave efforts of Harty to close the gap again over the final 400 metres.
Philip clocked 51.29 to take second with third going to Andrew Connick after a very fast last mile drawing clear of the 4th place man Robbie Matthews 51.52.
It was difficult running conditions for all for sure, however it must be said that a total of 73 athletes broke the 60 minute mark. It’s great to see athletes from clubs far and near compete in all the categories and a sincere well done to one and all.

Men’s Results:
1st Gary O Hanlon, Clonliffe Harriers 51.21
2nd Philip Harty, West Waterford 51.29
3rd Andrew Connick, Ferrybank 51.49
4th Robbie Matthews, Dunshaughlin 51.52
5th Chris Harrington, Leevale 52.03
6th Sandis Bralitis West Waterford 53.42,
7th Raivis Zakis, West Waterford 54.17
8th Tommy Evans, Gowran A.C.54.20
9th Colm Sheehan, Leevale 54.22
10th John Meade, St Finbarr’s 54.37
Junior Male: Colin Walsh 74.41

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11th August 2017 Edition


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