Kenyan visitor Peter Brandon was the runaway winner of today's inaugural Brian Boru Battle of Clontarf 10 mile road race held in brilliant sunshine in St Anne's Park.
He posted a time of 50.07 which gave him victory by more than four minutes over Raheny's Brian Leahy (54.23), who as the first Irish based runner home was the winner of the revived Leinster 10m road racing championship which the event doubled as.
Not surprisingly there was a big turn out of club athletes in the race with our female competitors sweeping the boards in the age category prizes.
At the front of the field Bernard Roe was the second club finisher in fifth place (56.34) - he took bronze in the Leinster championship event - while the only other club runner to break 60 minutes was Damien Kehoe (58.18) who was third in the O 35 category in the Leinster competition.
In her first ever race over the distance Jenny O'Sullivan ran an excellent 66.48 to take 5th spot in the senior category. Mary Walsh (73.55) was third in the 0 35 category. Ann Marie Gargan won her first championship gold medal - first O 40 in 75.38; Mary Purdue Smyth won a silver medal in the 0 45 category in 76.52. Fiona Kirwan was first in the 0 50 category (78.34) while Bernie Manley was second in the O 55 category in 76.02.
In the men's age categories Tom Loftus - fresh from his recent exploits in the Connemara marathon - ran a great race in 64.21 to take the gold medal in the 0 55 category; Vinny Clohisey (sen) took gold in the 0 60 class in 69.12; Donald Quinn (63:12) was second in the O 45 category while Dave Brady took a break from his marathon exploits to finish third in the same category in 80.01.
Other club runners who participated were Vincent Clohisey (jrn) 60.17; Steve Reeves 64.13; Alan Foley 64.26; Dave Gargan 65.08; Brian Quigley 68.04; Aileen Hooper 72;21;Pat Cordial 73.19; Sean McGoldrick; 74.54; Denise Kelleher 79.41; Connor Jennings 80.08; Valerie Clinton 81.57; Karen McLoughlin 86.46; Liz Keary 86.46; Anna Coyle 86.48; Meera Ui Chonghaile 88.12; Tom O'Sullivan 89.27; David O'Brien 104.17, Zara Rogers 104.33.
Full results available on Championship Chip. Team results and pictures later.
Thanks to all the stewards and all the civic organisations and our partners Dublin City Council who ensured the success of the event.
*Meanwhile in the Boston marathon today Greg Fitzsimons ran 3:12.32.