St. Patrick’s 5km Race Report

Tony O’Carter sends this report from Ireland.

Having moved to Dublin to start a new job just recently, one of the first things I did was to find an athletics club. I eventually decided to try out Crusaders AC after looking on the  internet for clubs. Going down on the Tuesday for a track session, one  of the coaches mentioned the St. Patrick’s 5km race as one if their  races that they recommend for the month, and although I wasn’t too sure  of entering it at first, I decided that I’ll give it a shot since  everyone was saying that it was a fast course where many of them got their PBs last year and my last two  5kms were some of the fastest I’ve ran.

The race took place near  St Stephens Green with the race starting at Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, taking place around the area on closed  roads. I met up with some of the Crusaders before the race then went off to do a steady warm-up, while thinking how to approach the race knowing it was going to be quick. I thought the best thing to do was to go off  at a hard but steady pace. While warming up I also saw plenty of “TBH”  around, which turned out to be a local club with the same design.

The race started at 12pm and it was fast from the start with a line of  runners starting to form barely half way into the first kilometre as I  found myself in a group of around 8 runners including the eventual 1st  place woman who ran 16.03. The first mile was done in 5.02 as I found  myself near to the front of the group. It felt as if I was beginning to  fade through the 3km point, but thought to keep going with the group as  the second mile was done in 5.09. Coming into the final mile, I felt  better but knew I wouldn’t be able to take anyone in a sprint so I  pushed up to the front and kept going through with only one person able  to come past me, doing 5.04 for the final mile. Going into the last  straight I knew I could get sub 16 but just missed out by one second.  The results showed I got 16.01 going from the gun and 16 exactly by the  chip.

After the race, I joined some of the “Cru” in some post  race Guinness to mark a good race and the festivities, which no doubt  initiated myself in joining the club.

This is likely to be the  last race that I wear the TBH vest while being over in the Emerald Isle  in lieu of the white, red-lettered Crusaders’ vest, but I will still be  wearing the black TBH shorts for races (to keep good standard up of  course ;-)  ) and of course keeping up to date with all TBH developments.


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    • Badger on 20th March 2013 at 09:18
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    Nice one TC. Sounds like you’ve had no problems settling into the Emerald Isle. Hope the reason that you won’t be wearing a TBH vest for a while isn’t coz you left it in the pub after the race. See you in Newcastle, Co. Down, for the Slieve Donard race.

      • kevin cheetham on 20th March 2013 at 20:14
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      well done shetland pony great to see you performing well in the black and white colours but .surely you could have found a club that ran in any colour other than red and white

    • kenny mac on 20th March 2013 at 21:10
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    Well done Tony, amazing time. There are some cracking runners in both Eire and as we know at TBH in Ulster as well.

    Good luck for the rest of the Summer, plenty of more pb’s to come.


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