Gidey rules in Rathfarmham
Clonliffe junior athlete Efrem Gidey, originally from Eritrea and the 2019 winner of The Herald School Sports Sports Star of the Future Award, returned to racing with a bang when he won the Rathfarnham 5km in 14 mins 18 seconds.
On a perfect morning for running, Gidey's Clonliffe clubmate Ian Guiden finished two seconds adrift for second place, while third in 14:43 was Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel AC in 14:23. Luke McCann of UCD was fourth and Thomas Moran of Dunshaghlin fifth.
First master was Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers who finished seventh in 14:41. In total 13 men broke 15 minutes for the race, with 30 under 16 minutes and 62 under 17 minutes including the first woman Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC, who has produced a string of good results this season and finished in 16:46.
Behind her, Cheryl Nolan of St Abban's won a close battle for second place, with Kilcoole's Una Britton and Rachel Gibson of North Down on her heels.
Sixth and first W50 was Annette Kealy of Raheny Shamrock, fresh from the European Masters Championships where she took two gold medals. First M50 was Dominic Horan of Sli Cualann AC. Over 60 winners were Sheelagh Jones of Dundrum South Dublin AC and Conor Nolan of TT Racers.
In the team competition, Clonliffe Harriers won the men's senior category with Dundrum South Dublin AC second and host club Rathfarnham WSAF AC third. Rathfarnham proved best of the women's teams finishing comfortably ahead of Clonliffe and Raheny Shamrock.
Best junior teams were the Clonliffe men and the Rathfarnham women.
Overall winner of the Rás Gaelscoil Eanna 7km in Navan on the same day was Catherina Mullen of Metro St Brigid's AC in 24 mins 28 secs. Last year, Mullen was the first woman in Rathfarnham. Second and first man in 24:42 was David O'Connor of Trim AC.
At the Bangor 10km, Gideon Kipsang of 1Zero1 proved the class of the field pushing the pace from the start and finishing in 30 mins 15 secs.Declan Reed of City of Derry Spartans was second and first M45 in 30:57 and Conan McCaughey of North Belfast Harriers a close third in 30.58.
First woman was Emma Mitchell, who has recently joined Clonliffe Harriers. She finished in 34 mins 44 secs, with Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers second and first W40 in 36:33.
In a busy few days on the roads, Robert Connolly of organising club Dundrum South Dublin AC, was the winner of the Sandyford 5km. The race was held on a wet Thursday evening in the Sandyford industrial park, with corporate teams making up the bulk of the finishers.
Connolly was a clear winner of the race in 15 mins 39 secs. Second was Ian Conroy of Raheny Shamrock with Davis Willis third. First woman was Malika Hammani of Cabinteely Hill Harriers.
With the Dublin Marathon less than four weeks away, this weekend sees a return to the longer distances, with the Irish 3/4 Marathon taking place in Longwood, Enfield, Co Meath on Sunday. Winner for the past two years has been Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers.