The 28th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile race was held on Sunday February the 3rd. Nearly 2,500 runners from all over Ireland gathered together to compete on this fast, flat course on the roads around the historic town of Dungarvan. Conditions on the day were as good as could be hope for in early February, especially after the flurries of snow and icy conditions earlier in the week. The morning started cold, but by the time the race began at 1.30pm, temperatures had climbed to a positively balmy 10 degrees. The race was very well organised and featured timers at the mile markers calling out the times. There were runners of every level taking part on the day, from beginners to seasoned athletes. For Blackwater Triathlon Club novice, Michelle Kearney, this was a first attempt at running a 10 mile race. The following is Michelle’s account of her experiences on the day:
“Weather conditions on Sunday for the Dungarvan 10 Mile road race were perfect. I think we had 3 out of the 4 seasons! Sun, wind, rain; we were just missing the snow!
This was my first ten mile road race and the nerves were starting to show on the start line. I wasn’t going out to get a PB; I just wanted to complete the race. I started well behind the 100 pacer; the training had been done at this stage so I just needed to get into a comfortable stride and stick with it. The course was fantastic; there was always a downhill when the legs needed it! The water stops along the route were a godsend! It was a great opportunity to take on some water and rehydrate! I found heading into mile 9 the hardest, the legs were heavy and I was counting down the steps. At mile 9 there was a 300 meter hill climb before you got to the downhill. My legs felt like they were just shuffling along, but the crowd cheering everyone on at this stage gave me the momentum I needed to keep going. As I got close the finish line the sound of my friends and family shouting out my name gave me an extra boost and I powered on and crossed the finish line in 1:50! I was delighted! It was a massive achievement and I’m over the moon I completed the race!”
Well done to Michelle and everyone else who took part on the day. She was joined in her efforts by a large contingent of Blackwater Triathlon Club athletes. There were 21 BTC members in total taking part on the day. Dave Murphy was the first of our crew home, finishing in an excellent time of 1:02:45. He was closely followed by Conor Bartley in 1:04:10, Adrian Collins in 1:08:24, Eddie O’Brien in 1:09:13 and Peter O’Brien in 1:10:12. Next to cross the finish line was Dave Bartley in a time of 1:11:38, followed by Stephen Collins in 1:14:55, David Harte in 1:14:39 and Joe Scanlon 1:15:17. Ashleigh Byrne was the first Blackwater Triathlon Club lady home, crossing the finish line in 1:17:31. Then came Mick Beston in 1:18:26, Shane Fleming in 1:19:49, Deidre Morrison in 1:20:29, Martin Feeney. in1:20:42, Dermot Johnson in 1:21:37 and Stephen Dalton in 1:26:15. Kenneth Power crossed the line in 1:29:21, and he was soon joined by Bernard Kiernan in 1:34:12, Vincent McCarthy in 1:33:33, Conor McCarthy in 1:46:47 and Michelle in 1:50:36.
Congratulations to all our crew and to the organisers for running an excellent race.