Dooney, McElroy win at RTE 5-Mile; Sheils, Fitzgerald Tops in Leixlip 5km

Conor Dooney  came home first at the RTE 5-Mile in Dublin’s Donnybrook,  clocking a  time of 24 mins 35 secs for the for the four-lap course. Dooney’s father Roy is a previous winner of the race.  Just five seconds adrift in second place was Eoin Callaghan , with Stephen Moore  of UBS third.

After that came the battle of the masters, with Conor Curran fourth and first M35 and Damien Martin fifth and first M45. Finishing eighth and first M50 was Paul Cowhie of CMS, with Bobby Bedford of Cadbury one place behind and second M50.

Illona McElroy pf PWC was first woman, leading from the start  and finishing in 30 mins 4 secs.  Anne Curley of the Dept of Foreign Affairs and second and first W40. Biggest cheers of the day went to Brendan Earley, who broke the hour  for the race – at the tender age of 86!

Leixlip 5km pic courtesy Peter Mooney

Leixlip 5km pic courtesy Peter Mooney

NIALL SHIELS  of  St Killian’s and comeback kid Niamh Fitzgerald (nee Byrne)  of Lucan Harriers were the winners at a well attended Leixlip 5km, organised by Le Cheile AC and finishing on its spanking new 400m track.

As Peter Mooney reports (thanks Peter!), only a few short years ago, Le Cheile was borrowing space  in the  Leixlip Amenities Centre. Local clubs including Celbridge, Lucan Harriers and Donadea were out in force to support the race, with the biggest representation of the day coming from Sliabh Buaidh Rovers from Gorey. They used the race for a club  day out and had more than 30 runners in attendance, with Myles Gibbons in second place leading them home.  Peter’s pics at
James Shelley and Ken Murphy (T1 Media) photographs at

TREVOR POWER  of host club  Waterford AC won the 45th Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile by almost three minutes from his clubmate Noel Power, Martina O’Dwyer of Carrick AC was first woman.

RACE WALKER  Laura Reynolds from Mohill finished 37th  of 88 starters in the women’s’20km at the World Cup in Taicang China. Her time of 1 hr 32 mins 25 secs was  her second fastest ever.  In 2012, she finished 20th at the London Olympics in 1:31.02. her time qualifies her for the European Championships in Zurich later this year.  World 50km champion Rob Heffernan goes in the men’s 20km tomorrow.

Saturday May 3

RTE BHAA 5-Mile, Donnybrook, Dublin (214 finishers;

Men: 1 Conor Dooney (Davy) 24.35, 2 Eoin Callaghan 25.40, 2 Stephen Moore (UBS) 25.50, 4 Conor Curran (M35) 26.34, 5 Damine Martin (M45) 26.41, 6 Neil Callaghan 26.49, 7 Karl Fitzmaurice (Revenue) 27.00, 8 Paul Cowhie (CMS, M50) 27.09, 9 Bobby Bedford (Cadbury, M50) 27.57, 10 Brian Byrne ( Sec Teachers, M35) 28.05.

Women: 1 Ilona McElroy (PWC) 30.04, 2 Anne Curley (DFA, W40) 30.43, 3 Yvonne McAuley 31.30, 4 Vanessa Sallier (Mercer, W40) 32.14, 5 Aoife Quigley (St J of God’s) 33.09, 6 Niamh Corby (Revenue) 33.26, 7 Sheelagh Jones (Sec Teachers, W55) 34.11, 8 Emma Cathcart 34.37, 9 Nuala Reilly (Fairgate HC, W55) 35.12, 10 Orla O’Flynn (W45) 35.17.

Leixlip Le Cheile 5km, Co Kildare (33 finishers;

Men: 1 Niall Sheil (St Killian’s, M35) 15.42, 2 Myles Gibbons (SBR, M35) 15.48, 3 Peter Mooney (M35) 15.52, 4 Paul Gleeson 15.58, 5 David O’Connor (Celbridge AC) 16.22, 6 Andrew Nason (Liffey Valley, M35) 16.25. M40: Cormack Minnock (Na Fianna) 16.55. M45: Tommy McElwaine (SBR) 16.50. M50: Pat Byrne (Na Fianna) 18.30. M55: Kevin Ecock (Celbridge AC) 21.38.

Women: 1 Niamh Fitzgerald (Lucan Hrs, W35) 18.21, 2 Grace McConnell (Ballyroan/Abbeyleix) 18.38, 3 Camilla Whishaw 19.33, 4 Gillian Clyne (Donadea RC) 19.52, 5 Tara Shirl;ey (Donadea RC) 19.56, 6 Helen Mayock (Donadea RC, W35) 20.46. W40: Linda Phelan 21.27.W45: Deirdre Counihan (Lucan Hrs) 23.02. W50: Siobhan Dwyer 25.41.

45th Waterford-Tramore 7.5 Mile, Waterford. Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Summer Series Rd 3. 408 finishers.

Men: 1 Trevor Power Waterford AC 39.39, 2 Noel Murphy Waterford AC 42.30, 3 Emmet Kiely Waterford Tri 42.45, 4 Martin Monaghan Slaney Olympic 43.09, 5 Kevin Coleman 43.18. M40: Michael O’Mahoney Waterford AC 44.41. M45: Jim Baldwin Waterford AC 45.51. M50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford AC 46.39. M55 Colin Lyons West Waterford AC 49.46. M60 Joe Gough West Waterford AC 47.21. Junior: Ryan McManus Waterford Tri 52.21. Team – Waterford AC

Women: 1 Martina O’Dwyer Carrick AC 46.40, 2 Susan Finn 47.31, 3 Sally Forristal St Joseph’s AC 48.30, 4 Joan Mahony Waterford AC 49.56, 5 Breda Mahony Donore Hrs 50.44. W35 Meabh Savage Waterford AC 51.12. W40 Jennifer Murphy 53.11. W45 Sharon Flynn Waterford AC 56.14. W50 Gabrielle Blair Waterford AC 56.41. W55 Ann Fitzgerald Waterford AC 54.07. Junior: Jenny O’Loughlin Waterford AC 60.02. Team – West Waterford AC

Bandon Half Marathon and 10km

Half Marathon (221 finishers) – Men: 1 John Meade (St Finbarr’s) 73.53, 2 Cathal O’Connell (St Finbarr’s, M50) 74.01, 3 Kenneth O’Regan (Clonakilty RR) 80.23. Women: 1 Carmel Crowley (W45) 83.30, 2 Joyce Wolfe Leevale) 84.57, 3 Madeline Loughnane (Thurles Crokes) 85.22.

10km (229 finishers) – Men: 1 Alex O’Shea (St Finbarr’s, M40) 22.28, 2 Michael Morgan (St Finbarr’s)34.52, 3 Fergus Wall (Bandon, M45) 36.48. Women: 1 Margaret Murphy 39.37, 2 Denise Twohig (St Finbarr’s, W40) 40.53, 3 Ronnie Barry (Bandon) 41.26.

Leinster Parkruns Marlay (644 finishers): Mark Conway (DSD) 16.30, Annette Kehoe (DSD, W45) 20.20. Malahide (450) : Daire Bermingham (Raheny Shamrock) 15.26, Niamh Corry (Raheny Shamrock W17) 19.00. St Anne’s (283): John Reidy (Crusaders) 16.20, Lorraine Byrne (Raheny Shamrock, W40) 19.26. Griffeen (182): Paul Smyth (M50) 18.43, Edith Coakley (Lucan Hrs, W40) 22.24. Ardgillan (93): Ronan Dunphy 18.31, Marie Synnott-Wells (Ranelagh Hrs, W45) 21.21. Naas Racecourse (113): Patrick Holohan 18.23, Tracy Jennings (Naas AC) 20.11

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