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SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014

Updated: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 10:40

Japheth Korir of Kenya and Iwona Lewandowska of Poland -  SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014 winners SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014
Japheth Korir of Kenya and Iwona Lewandowska of Poland - SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014 winners SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014

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The SPAR Great Ireland Run 2014 takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 6 April.

For elite announcements and more information on the SPAR Great Ireland Run please visit www.greatirelandrun.org

Follow Great Ireland Run on: @GreatIrelandRun or like: www.facebook.com/greatirelandrun

RESULTS OF SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN AND IRISH 10K ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • CONVINCING WINS FOR KORIR AND LEWANDOWSKA
     
  • FIONNUALA BRITTON AND MARK HANRAHAN TAKE NATIONAL TITLES

Japheth Korir of Kenya and Iwona Lewandowska of Poland were convincing winners of the men’s and women’s races at today’s SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

In sunny, warm and breezy conditions Lewandowska dominated the women’s race from gun to tape and ran home in 33 minutes 39 nine seconds, nine seconds clear of European cross country champion Sophie Duarte of France. Allesandra Aguilar of Spain was third and local favourite, Fionnuala Britton of Ireland was fourth in 33:54.

44 year old former European cross country champion Catherina McKiernan finished in an excellent seventh place in 35:03.

In the men’s race, Japheth Korir, the World cross country champion was comfortably in control from 4k onwards and kept Britain’s Andy Vernon at bay. Korir crossed the line in 29:12 with Vernon seven seconds behind. Michael Shelley of Australia was third in 29:33. First Irishman was Mark Hanrahan from Leevale in Cork in sixth place in 30:20.

The elite men’s mile was won by defending champion Paul Robinson of Ireland who finished in 4 minutes 2 seconds, two seconds ahead of his compatriot John Travers who was a further two seconds ahead of Britain’s Ross Murray.

RESULTS - SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN 10K

MEN
1.Japheth Korir (Kenya)   29:12
2.Andy Vernon (Great Britain)   29:19
3.Michael Shelley (Australia)   29:33
4.Abdellatif Meftah (France)   29:47
5.Mattew Hynes (Great Britain)   30:01
6.Mark Hanrahan (Ireland)   30:20 

WOMEN
1.Iwona Lewandowska (Poland)   33:39
2.Sophie Duarte (France)   33:48
3.Alessandra Aguilar (Spain)   33:49
4.Fionnuala Britton (Ireland)   33:54
5.Helen Clitheroe (Great Britain)   34:31
6.Diana Martin (Spain)   34:43

IRISH NATIONAL 10K CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN
1.Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC)   30:20
2.Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks)   30:44
3.Thomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC)   30:47
4.Alex Bruce Littlewood (Leevale AC)   30:55
5.Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers)   31:05
6.Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF AC)   31:29

WOMEN
1.Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC)   33:54
2.Catherina McKieran (Annalee AC)   35:03
3.Sarah Mulligan (Dundrum South Dublin AC)   35:20
4.Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock AC)   35:57
5.Michelle McGee (Brothers Pearse AC)   36:02
6.Ciara Durkin (Skerries AC) 36:34

SPAR GREAT IRELAND JUNIOR RUN

BOYS
1.Niall Harvey (St Laurence O’Toole AC)   7:59
2.Oran O’Flaherty (St Laurence O’Toole AC)   8:05
3.Rory Kelly (Inbhear Dee AC)   8:09

GIRLS
1.Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh AC)   9:06
2.Amy Clarke (Na Fianna AC)   9:09
3.Deirbhile O’Reilly (MSB AC)   9:13

SPAR GREAT IRELAND MINI RUN

BOYS
1.Louis Woodger (MSB AC)   5:56
2.Oisin Chesser (Dunleer AC)   6:03
3.Oliver McCrystle (Virginia Tri Club) 6:06

GIRLS
1.Aoife Byrne (St Laurence O’Toole AC)   6:17
2.Grace Prenta (Rathfarnham AC)   6:26
3.(joint) Grace Rafter (Castleknock AC) & Laura Donnelly (Naas AC)   6:31

FIONNUALA BRITTON TAKES ON EUROPEAN CHAMPION SOPHIE DUARTE AT SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN ON SUNDAY

              

  • World Cross Country Champion, Japheth Korir leads men’s field
  • Irish national 10k championships  boost local  elite entries 

Fionnual Britton, European cross country champion in 2011 and 2012, takes on her successor in 2013, Sophie Duarte of France in what promises to be an intriguing battle on Sunday. The two go head to head in the SPAR Great Ireland Run over 10k on the roads of the Phoenix Park. 

Britton and Duarte both plan to run 10,000 metres on the track at the European Championships in Zurich in August. A hard run over the distance against each other will tell both where their training stands. Duarte ran an impressive 31 minutes 53 seconds for the distance at a 10k in Auch, France on 16 March. On the same day, Britton ran 15:33 in Dublin to win the St Patrick’s 5k Festival Race.

The pair will be challenged strongly by Helen Clitheroe of Great Britain, the 2011 European Indoor 3,000 metre champion, Allesandra Aguilar of Spain, fifth in last year’s World Championships marathon, and Diana Martin of Spain who has a best of 32:32 for 10k on the road.

The national 10k championships are also part of the SPAR Great Ireland Run and Ciara Durkin of Skerries along with Teresa McGloin will head up the domestic field beside Britton.

In the men’s race, Japheth Korir the 2013 World cross country champion makes his first visit to Dublin and will start as favourite in the men’s race with a personal best time of 27:52 for 10k.

His main challengers will be 2013 European cross country bronze medallist Andy Vernon from Great Britain, Australian Olympic marathoner Michael Shelley, Javier Guerra from Spain, Abdellatif Meftah from France and Scott Bauhs from the USA.

The Irish elite men will be led by Mark Hanrahan of Leevale, national cross country champion Mick Clohisey from Raheny and Dublin Marathon champion Sean Hehir.

Before the 10k Run starts, a men’s elite mile will go up and down Chesterfield Avenue (the main road) in the Phoenix Park. Defending champion Paul Robinson from St Coca’s in Kildare returns to face up to 3:52 British miler Ross Murray, and his compatriots James Brewer and Ross Millington who are 3:54 and 3:59 milers.  The Irish favourites will include national indoor 800 metre champion Niall Tuohy of Ferrybank, last year’s runner-up Eoin Everard from Kilkenny and national indoor 1500 metre champion John Coghlan from Metro St Brigid’s.

The mile gets under way at 12:20, the elite women’s race at 13:10 and the SPAR Great Ireland Run starts at 13:30.

Sophie Duarte

EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPION CONFIRMED FOR SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN NEXT SUNDAY.

Sophie Duarte of France to resume rivalry with Fionnuala Britton.

Sophie Duarte, European cross country champion 2013, is a welcome late addition to the SPAR Great Ireland Run over 10 kilometres on the roads of the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday next, 6 April.

The Frenchwoman will renew her close rivalry with Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton. Last December, Duarte beat Britton into fourth place in the European Championships; in the two previous years Britton had won the race with Duarte in sixth place on both occasions.

A strong women’s field will also include Helen Clitheroe from Great Britain who was second in 2007, and two leading Spaniards: Diana Martin, who was fourth in last year’s Run, and Alessandra Aguilar the Spanish half marathon champion.

Kenya’s Milcah Chemos has withdrawn from the event due to injury.

TWO KENYAN WORLD CHAMPIONS CONFIRMED FOR SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN

Men’s World Cross Country Champion Japhet Korir and Women’s Steeplechase Champion Milcah Chemos fire up elite field    

Milcah Chemos Cheywa

    
The current World Cross Country Champion, Japhet Korir from Kenya has confirmed his entry and will start as a favourite in this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 6th April. Just 20 years old, Korir is one of the rising stars of world athletics and was a comfortable winner of the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland last year.

Korir will be joined in Dublin by his compatriot and fellow world champion, Milcah Chemos who won the 3000 metre steeplechase title at last summer’s World Championships in Moscow. Chemos will be running her first 10k on the road in Dublin and will provide a stiff test for home favourite Fionnuala Britton.

The SPAR Great Ireland Run is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.

The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.

FIONNUALA BRITTON TO LEAD IRISH CHALLENGE AT SPAR GREAT IRELAND RUN

Fionnuala Britton

   
Ireland’s leading distance runner, Fionnuala Britton, has confirmed her participation in this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k which will take place on the roads of the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 6 April.

Britton’s last run in the event was in 2011 when she was first Irish finisher in seventh place and won the Irish 10k championships. As usual, an elite field will contest the event this year and the names of Britton’s overseas challengers will be announced in the coming weeks.

After a strong cross-country season, when she was fourth in the European Championships in December 2013 and then second in the Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry International in January 2014, Britton is currently undertaking a major block of training towards her summer goal of competing at the European Championships in Zurich over 10,000 metres on the track.

Britton recently parted company amicably with her coach Chris Jones to take more direct control of her own training and racing programme and the SPAR Great Ireland Run will be her first outing under this new arrangement before she seeks to run a qualifying time in Britain in early May for the European Championships.

The SPAR Great Ireland Run is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.

The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.

For elite announcements and more information on the SPAR Great Ireland Run please visit www.greatirelandrun.org

Follow Great Ireland Run on: @GreatIrelandRun or like: www.facebook.com/greatirelandrun

 

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