Costello Wins Bob Heffernan 5km (plus mid-week round-up)

Colin Costello of Star of the Sea won a high-quality Bob Heffernan 5km in Enfield. His time of 15 mins 5 secs put him  11 seconds clear of second placed Vinny Costello from Mullingar, First woman was Mary Hanley of the host club Na Fianna.

* Very glad to report that contrary to previous info,  around 400 turned out for the race; big thanks Rory Mooney for the info.  Still, the message is clear:  support your local (running) club races and avoid events that are unlicensed and put nothing back into our great sport.

* Big crowds of 450 at Mullingar 5km League; almost 50-50 men and women. Women’s groups from all the big Dublin clubs turned out for the final Meet & Train Summer League race over four miles in the Phoenix Park. Louise Kiernan of Clonliffe was the winner.

* Phoenix Park was also the venue for the Dublin Staff Relay – a 5 x 5km race for businesses (nothing to do with the Business House Athletic Association by the way). Leading home the 457 teams was Athlone Institue of Technology in 1 hrs 14 mins 28 secs, followed by Wheatfield Prison 1:15.25 and Certus 1:17.15.

Wednesday May 22

Mullingar 5km League, Belvedere House (450 finishers;

Men (239): 1 Vinny Connolly (Mullingar Hrs) 16.16, 2 Peter Mooney 16.21, 3 Malcolm McDonnell 16.26. M40: Declan Fahy 16.50. Women (205): 1 Lucy Darcy (Sportsworld, W40) 19.44, Imelda Clarke (Na Fianna, W45) 19.45, 3 Joan Flynn (Mullingar Hrs) 19.58.

Hills: Leinster Evening League, Glasnamullen  (216 finishers;

Men: 1 Richard Healy (Crusaders) 43.14, 2 Bernard Fortune (SBR, M40) 43.42, 3 Adrian Hennessy (Kilfinane) 43.48. Women:1 Emma Hand 49.53, 2 Joy Johnson (Sli Cualann, W40) 55.25, 3 Laura Flynn (Rathfarnham WSAF, W40) 55.59.  Jun race: Iosac Colman (M14) 36.39.

Meet & Train Women’s Summer League Rd 3 (4 miles), Phoenix Park, Dublin (

1 Bernadette Kiernan (Clonliffe) 26.12, 2 Claire Ni Fhairceallaigh (Dunboyne) 26.19, 3 Rhona Duane (Donore A) 26.23, 4 Sinead Graham (Donore B) 26.32, 5 Alma Hanavey (Donore A) 26.42, 6 Catherine Bennett (Fingallians A, W40) 26.57.

Tuesday  May 21.

Bob Heffernan 5km,  Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstownbridge, Enfield (

Men: 1 Colin Costello (Star of the Sea) 15.05, 2 Vinny Costello (Mullingar Hrs) 15.14, 3 Late Entry 15.16, 4 Eoin Callaghan (Star of the Sea) 15.23, 5 Conor Healy (Clonliffe) 15.34, 6 Peter Mooney 15.38. M40: Paul O’Rourke (Dunshaughlin) 15.45. M45: John Downes (Donore) 16.07. Jun” Jason Donegan (Tullamore Hrs) 16.11.

Women: 1 Mary Hanley (Na Fianna, W490) 18.05, 2 Jean Wilson 9Sportsworld) 18.10, 3 Emilia Dan (Dunboyne, W40) 18.17, 4 Paula Grant (Dunboyne) 18.23, 5 Susannae Foot (Bray Runners), W40) 18.30, 6 Sinead Roche (Mullingar Hrs) 18.35.

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