For most of it's 30 odd year history, this race has usually got around 150 to 250 runners. Even then, the start felt crowded but once the race started, it thinned out quickly. It was obvious from last night that 600 runners was probably way too many for such a narrow start. Can anything be done to improve things? No doubt some people will suggest that the start point be moved or putting in things like time zones at the start but the basic fact remains that the roads are very narrow.
Looking through the results, I was wondering about some of the times. Last night, the 50th person finished in a time of 31:10. Normally, that kind of time would have put you back in roughly 80th place with still plenty to do to make sure you got into the top 50 by the end of the series. Are the slow times because some people got delayed in the crowded start or are some of the faster runners giving the race a skip??? Last year, the 50th place was 31:14 with 118 fewer runners. Maybe it's a combination of both.
The mens race was won by John Meade of St.Finbarr's AC in a time of 26:54. Tim Twomey of Leevale AC was second just four seconds behind in 26:58 with Michael Harty of East Cork AC third in 27:18.
In the womens race, the clear winner was Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC in 28:54. In second place, Ann Moore of Leevale AC ran 32:01 while Julie McGrath of Cashel was third 32:09.
The full results can be seen HERE
Photos...(Updated 30th May)1) Gearoid O Laoi has a huge gallery of photos HERE
2) Joe Murphy has a slideshow HERE
Update from the organisers....(26th May)PLEASE NOTE - A small batch of numbers (starting around 400) were given out incorrectly at one of the entry desks last night. Therefore, a few people may have the wrong finishing time and place. It would be appreciated if they could email John Walshe at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number they wore and approximate finish time, we will get it sorted out. Apologies for this, something that never happened us before!
Thanks to all of the people who have contacted us. For any further changes, they should be emailed to John Walshe.
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