Saturday 20 January 2018

Wonderful Woodlock honoured by BHAA

JUST a fortnight after the Rotterdam Marathon, Seán Hehir stretched out his legs at at the annual RTE BHAA 5-Mile in Dublin's Donnybrook.

From the start of the race, he wasn't too troubled and he came home with well over a minute to spare in 24 min 53 secs. Second was Paul Fleming in 26 mins 35 secs, while third was Stephen Moore, both of them in the over-35 age group.

Orna Dilworth of Bank of Ireland was first woman in 31 mins 12 secs, followed by Ilona McElroy and Florence Curley who was first over 40.

After the race, the great Ann Woodlock, still racing in the over-75 age group, was a popular winner of the annual BHAA Person of the Year award.

Woodlock began running when she joined the Phoenix Park Meet and Train group to train for the very first women's mini marathon in 1983. She later joined Donore Harriers and switched her attention to the classic club disciplines of cross-country track running, most recently winning both the 1500m and the 3000m at the European Indoors.

Ann still holds records for the W55, W60 and W65 800m and the W60 1500m - and don't bet on her not turning out for the Irish team at the British and Irish Cross-Country International next November in Santry. Long may she flourish!

p Taking place in the Phoenix Park on Monday (10.0) is the annual ARC 5km/10km charity race. Online entry is €23.80 for the 10km and €19.80 for the 5km. See www.arccancersupport.ie.


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