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Saturday 16 December 2017

McCambridge hits road running

Maria McCambridge
Maria McCambridge

Maria McCambridge of DSD made a winning return to the roads when she finished first woman at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon held in Donabate.

McCambridge's time of 82 mins 26 secs was not fast, but will be a considerable confidence booster before next month's Dublin Marathon. Second was Raheny's Tara Kennedy Monks.

Overall winner of the race was Ethiopian visitor Bereket Gebraslase in a time of 66 minutes 54 seconds. Gebraslase led from the start and hopes to return to Dublin for next month's marathon.

Behind him came Valdas Dopolskas of Balbriggan and District in 67 mins 11 secs, while making a respectable half marathon debut in 68 mins 56 secs was John Coghlan of MSB who finished third.

Over 9,000 had entered the race and a remarkable 6,569 finished, despite many abandoning plans to run because they simply could not reach the venue.

Until this year, the race had been held in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Despite meticulous planning, no-one seemed to foresee the congestion likely to be caused by thousands of cars decanting themselves from the six lanes of the M1 on to the narrow country road leading to Newbridge House.

"We had a full and comprehensive traffic management plan in place. It's clear, however, that there were shortcomings. We will now conduct a full and thorough review," said race director Jim Aughney.

Anyone missing their run because of the traffic problems will get a free entry into a race of their choice in next year's SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series.

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