It was run in bitter cold conditions with a light snow fall. There were approx 400 on the start line including Ireland’s female marathon representative from the Beijing Olympics, Pauline Curley.
The course (quick youtube video here!) consisted of quiet back roads, mainly flat with a little undulation so I was hoping to beat my PB of 1hr 19mins and approx 30secs.
With the help of my Garmin I managed to maintain an even pace throughout and finish in fourth position with a new PB of 75.25. I was absolutely delighted with my time and have to put my improved time down to Mark Hall’s regular club ‘Tempo’ runs!
However postscript per comments below, due to an organisational error, the race was only 12.6 miles.
The race was won by Paul Buckley (Ferbane A.C.) in 69.44 with results from precisiontiming.