Second Dublin Graded
Proceedings got underway with some fine running in the 10000 metres the only one run in Ireland apart from the Nationals and the conditions were ideal.
After an opening lap of 74s the pace was moved down slightly to 72s and four athletes had detached themselves from the remainder of the field. Brian Maher, the 2010 winner, Paddy Hamilton, Sean Hehir and Kevin Dooney. Kevin was in search of Frank Greally’s long standing Junior 10000m Record and he certainly had a real go at it.
Maria McCambridge was also in action seeking to run inside the European Athletics Standard for the 10000 in Helsinki.
Half way was reached in 14m59 by the leading trio of Hamilton, Maher and Hehir. Both Maher and Hehir taking turns at the front with Hamilton content to follow a tactic that was to prove quite successful for him.
At 8k Sean Hehir lost contact and it was down to the Kilkenny man Maher and Annandale’s Hamilton. Further back Kevin Dooney, was in the Dooney tradition , battling away but losing some vital seconds in his search for the junior record.
Maria McCambridge had lost her early companion Donal Foley but was moving relatively smoothly.
Most observers would have fancied Brian Maher over the last 800 with 27m33 on the clock but it was the Annadale’s Paddy Hamilton who pulled away with 700 to go and covered the last lap in a very brisk 64 seconds to record a fine win. Maher was second and Sean Hehir third. Kevin Dooney ran a good race but his 30.23.63 was six seconds outside the Junior record he was in search of. He was inside the IAAF standard for the World Juniors but outside the AAI much enhanced mark of 29m40.
Maria McCambridge corssed the line in 33m22.79
John Travers had a good return to form in winning the “A” 1500 in an impressive 3m45.12, with Sam Kelly of Fingallians breaking new ground in second place with 3.50.66 Dermot McDermott took the field through the opening two laps in 59s and 1m59 and thereafter the Donore man ran on for a good win.
Sprint finishes were the order of the day in the other five 1500m races with the women’s “A” race a fine competitive race where Maryann O’Sullivan of Tinryland just edged out Laura Behan down the home straight to win in 4m36.48. Leona O’Reilly of Liffey Valley brought her good cross country form on to the track to edge out Sligo’s Rachel Kilgannon in the “B” Race.
Tallaght’s Artjom Kutjavin looks like he is going to repeat his form of last year sprinting down the straight to win the “B” race in 4m15.50. The “C” category was won by a very happy Donore man Abdullahi Ibrahim who came from way back and Gerry Byrne of Lucan was another man who sprinted to victory in the “D” race.
Chris Russell had a pleasing 21.93 win in the 200 which saw the return of Paul McKee to competition after an absence of some years. Victoria Dwyer of Raheny was fastest of the women in action clocking 25.95.
There was a good turn out for the Brian price sponsored Throwers League where Clonliffe’s Tomas Rauktys had a double winning the Shot with 17m28 and the Discus with 45m33. Marco Pons had a fine throw of 50m15 with the 1.75kg implement.
The popularity of the series saw over 150 athletes in action and the next meeting is on Wednesday next May 23rd. in Morton Stadium.