Report from Liam:
I went home to Ireland last week and the visit coincided with my club’s inaugural 10mile road race on Sat 10th Dec. Weather conditions were excellent and the race consisted of a slight downhill start out of the village of Ballyroan and then a two lap undulating route before returning back to the finish in the village.
As with most races in Ireland there is a fairly comprehensive prize list and this one was no different. Such prizes tend to attract some decent runners and at the start I recognised a lot of pretty swift fellas lining up. I decided my goal for the day would be to go under the hour with a top ten finish and maybe sneak a possible age group prize. The downhill start encouraged me to go off a little too fast and by mile three I was struggling to stay with a group of five slighty quicker runners. I had to drop back a bit and settled into a more comfortable pace for the next 3-4 miles and just about hung on to the finish.
It’s been a while since I have done a road race so I was happy to finish 12th with a time of 57.46 and took home 60 euros for 1st M40. It was 25 euros to enter but for that everyone got a t-shirt, a medal, chip timing and lots of drinks and bananas at the finish. Also, afterwards in the local village hall there was lots of tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes for all.
The winner was Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers in a time of 50.38 with Paula Grant (63.01) of Portlaoise AC taking the honours in the ladies race.
Full results can be found at https://www.popupraces.ie/raceresult/ballyroan-ac-10-mile/#.WE7xr-CnzqA