SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k
Racing for England and the Commonwealth Select Team on a bracing Spring day in Dublin it was Andy Maud (Club: Highgate/ Clapham Chasers) who took a fine win in the Senior Men’s 10k at the SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k on Sunday 10th April.
Racing conditions were tough from the start with some hilly sections and strong winds to contend with. A leading pack of four broke away early on in the race with Maud the only Englishman amongst the three green vests of Ireland.
At around the 5k mark Irishman Mick Clohisey pushed on the pace up one of the hilly sections breaking the pack inito two. From there on it was a two-man race with the two still neck and neck at the start of the final tough kilometre into a strong wind. In the final 150 metres or so it was Maud who looked the stronger and was able to find the last little surge of pace to take five seconds out of Clohisey to win in a time of 29:55.
With conditions as they were, Maud was one of the few athletes to set a new personal best on the day, which surely bodes well for his first track outing over 10,000 on the track at Highgate in May.
Making their England debuts Owen Hind (Club: Kent, Coach: Kenneth Pike) and Jaimie Roden (Club: Sale Harriers Manchester/ Sheffield Uni, Coach: Paul Roden) both raced intelligently coming through the field in the second half and were delighted with their 4th (30:28) and 5th (30:33) finishing places.
In the women’s race it was one, two, three for Ireland, with Fionnula McCormack (33:30) the expected winner running away with the race from the gun.
However, the England women replicated the men’s performances with 4th and 5th places from Sophie Cowper (Club: Lincoln Wellington, Coach: Gary Warhurst) and Emma Clayton (Club: Leeds City, Coach: Andrew Henderson) just a second behind her who both had to wait for some time before the race organisors announced who had inched ahead after a sprint finish between the two to the line Sophie was awarded 35.22 and Emma one second later.
Making their England debuts Rebecca Moore (Club: Chichester/ Cambridge Uni, Coach: self) clocked 35:43 and Laura-Jane Day (Club: Notts/ Nottingham Uni, Coach: Sarah Davey) ran in 36:08; both put in strong performances in challenging conditions.
In the team challenge competitions between Ireland and the Commonwealth Select it was Ireland who just had the edge, but nonetheless a fine set of results from the England athletes - many of whom were making their international debut.