Report from Liam Dunne: I was in the west of Ireland for my cousins wedding on Sat and spotted an opportunity to break up the journey by stopping off at the Punchestown 5k and 10k event. This was a bit naughty as it meant I missed the church service but made it in perfct time for (the best bit!) the wedding reception in Galway.
Punchestown racecourse is a venue just outside Dublin that is very popular with those who like the Irish horse racing scene, as every year it stages the Irish national hunt festival.
The course followed the ambulance track around the perimiters of the racecourse and was undulating with a few long staedy climbs, with the wind blowing really strong during the event.
It was a low key and friendly affair with lots of free tea/coffee/water with homemade cakes and biscuits galore. There was only 70 competitors in the 10k event and 53 in the 5k. Both events started together with the 5k runners doing one lap and 2 laps for those doing the 10k.
Soon after the start I was on my own in second place with the race leader comfortably pulling away. Running alone with the wind on my back one minute and then battling against the next made the event a tough one mentally, especially on the second lap. Not my best ever result but a good tough 10k event in preparation for the Abbey Dash and justified the over eating and drinking for later in the day.
The winner Tommy Evans easily won the 10k event in a time of 34.22 with myself finishing next in 36.01
The first lady in the 10k race was Michelle Cox in 41.11 Full results for both events can be found onhttp://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2258