Competition will be keen for the top individual and team places at Sunday’s (2pm start) Woodie’s DIY National 10km Road Championship which starts at 2pm at the Claremont Stadium in Navan, county Meath.
Vinny Mulvey of Raheny Shamrock A.C will be among the favourites to take the men’s title and he will be well supported by team mates, Mick Clohissey, Cillian O’Leary and Simon Ryan who could combine to take the team title which Rathfarnam WSAF won last year in Athenry.
Last year, Raheny Shamrock A.C finished second in the team event but following their powerful performance in last Sunday’s Woodie’s DIY National Road Relays, where they set a new course record, the team led by Vinny Mulvey must start as clear favourites to take another national title.
There will be a strong team representation also from Tallaght A.C whose top runners Sean Connolly and Thomas Fitzpatrick can be expected to challenge for the top placings. There is close rivalry developing between Vinny Mulvey and Sean Connolly who are both excellent road performers. Sunday’s event will see another showdown between the pair.
The race for women’s individual title should also be a closely contested with entries already received from Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers, Annette Kealy, Raheny Shamrock A.C, Aoife Brady, Sportsworld, Lorraine Manning, Raheny Shamrock A.C and Niamh O’Sullivan, Riocht A.C. Last year’s winner, Orla O’Mahony is unable to defend her title due to injury.
The team competition in the women’s event should also be a close call between defending champions Donore Harriers, Sportsworld, Raheny Shamrock A.C and Mayo A.C who will all have their top runners in action.
There are numerous national too at stake in the men’s and women’s master age categories where the inter club team competition will again be intense.
Two laps of 5k circuit, with finish of the track at Claremont Stadium Navan