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Sunday 4 December 2016

Mighty Mick is in form of life

Raheny’s Mick Clohisey
Raheny’s Mick Clohisey

A Superb course record for Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock was the highlight of Sunday's SSE Airtricity Fingal 10km in Swords.

There were also great runs from Mark Kenneally of Clonliffe and Galway's Gary Thornton in second and third places.

Kenneally, who had mixed fortunes since running the marathon at the London Olympics three years ago, pushed the pace from the start and was rewarded with a time of 14 minutes 44 seconds at the halfway point.

It meant that the course record of 30 minutes 14 seconds, set by Stephen Scullion two years ago, was very much under threat.

Tucked in behind him was Clohisey who is in the form of his life and had set a new course record at the Irish Runner 5-Mile last month - the first race in the 2015 SSE Airtricity Series that will culminate with the Dublin Marathon next October.

With 9km reached in 26 minutes 40 seconds, Clohisey was closing in on Kenneally and after he passed him, he made a sprint for the line reaching it in 29 minutes 44 seconds.

Only four seconds adrift was Keanneally. In third place, Gary Thornton's time of 30 minutes 23 seconds was just outside the old record.

It was a superb effort by three athletes who are all aiming to get under the Olympic qualifying mark of 2 hours 17 minutes at the Berlin Marathon on September 27.

"You have to be happy with a win," said Clohisey, who was knocking almost a minute off his previous best road time. He came very close to the Rio qualifying mark with a time of 2:17.43 at the Rotterdam Marathon last April.

On a good day for the Clohisey family, his father Vinnie finished first in the over-60s.

After a long a frustrating battle with injury, Kenneally was also a happy man.

"I'm getting fitter and improving all the time - my time today was a lot better than at the Dunshaughlin 10km, so I'm very pleased," he said afterwards.

The pair will meet again at the Glo Health National Half Marathon, which takes place in Dublin on Sunday week.

A clear winner of the women's race was Maria McCambridge whose time of 34 minutes 11 seconds was off the course record of 33 mins 29 secs she set last year.

Finishing second was Ciara Hickey of Brothers Pearse in a time of 36 mins 53 secs - not bad for a woman who only started running a year ago. DSD's Niamh Devlin finished third.

Next race in the SSE Airtricity Series is the Frank Duffy '10' in the Phoenix Park on Saturday , August 22, followed by the Dublin Half Marathon also in the Phoenix Park on Saturday September 19.

Entries for both races are flooding in, so if you want to be sure of your place enter now.

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