Minnock makes it two at crowded Hellfire

Posted in At the Races by Rene Borg on Thu 29 Apr '10

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© John Shiels / actionphotography.ie

Barry Minnock leads Niall McAlinden

Once again, memories rolled back to 2007 and 2008 as Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham WSAF, continued to stake a claim to regain the title he has held as he made it two victories on the trot. Just under a minute later, 3ROC’s Gerard Butler held off Martin Bradshaw, Bilboa AC, in a tight finish for second and third…

Barry Minnock led home a strong Rathfarnham team to take a coasting victory ahead of Crusaders and Sli Cualann. In the ladies Karen Doyle opened her LL season with a win ahead of Jenny McAuley, Sli Cualann, and Rosalind Hussey, Duhac.

The Crusaders women joined the men at the top of the table after three of thirteen races with a good win in front of Sli Cualann, Clonliffe and Setanta.

A Day of Records…

With four women’s team competing for the first time this year, there’s hope that a record five will show before the year is out. The men’s old record of ten competing team was equalised this evening in South Dublin as well.

Both the men and ladies course records were also well-beaten but this on a slightly shorter course than the original.

© John Shiels / actionphotography.ie

The story of the day was likewise all about numbers: Never have more runners taken the start line with 281 on the long course and 7 on the short. With much talk of congestion on the early parts of the course, many will look forward to the longer drives and open mountains waiting later in the league.

Alternative Wednesdays

A group of runners have taken this realisation to the ultimate extreme: Dubbed the “Continuity IMRA” by forum members, a group of experienced runners are doing their own unofficial runs every Wednesday evening and notifying members about the courses on the forum in the thread “Alternative Wednesdays”

Full results, pictures and report at IMRA

The league continues in the Dublin Mountains next week at Prince William’s Seat.

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  1. Rene Borg May 2, 01:23 AM

    Just for historical correctness, a change in the results data meant that Rathfarnham won ahead of UCD and Crusaders in the men’s team competition not Crusaders and Sli Cualann.

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