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Intermediate Cross Country and Clontarf 5 Mile & Half-Marathon

Sunday 28th November saw a return to cross country championship action for the club with the Intermediate races in Tymon Park.  Once again we were able to field full teams in both women’s and men’s events with some of our runners taking on their first competitive cross country fixture and some shiny new spikes getting their first outing!  Weather conditions were more traditional than the tropical temperatures experienced for October’s Novice races and the hardy CSH cheering squad had to wrap up warm.

The women were up first with their 5km race.  Our team of 5 battled hard in a strong field and finished in 24th (Gemma Treacy), 28th (Amanda Keane), 31st (Chloe Foley), 44th (Claire Shanahan) and 52nd (Leonie Macauley) positions.  Great running by all the ladies.

Next up was the men’s 8km run over a gruelling 4 laps.  Brian Walls had a great race running well with a strong group for the duration before proceeding to pick off a host of runners on the last lap and finish in a fantastic 7th position overall.  Well done Brian!  He was followed home by Aaron Mullan (46th), who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience, Dermot Grogan (68th), Fergal Browne (70th) and Nick Devery (71st).  Well done to all our men.

Full results are available on www.myrunresults.com.  Next up on the cross country calendar (for all our over-35s) is the Masters on 9th January

We also had a gang in action on the road over the weekend with the Clontarf road races taking place in Baltic conditions on Saturday 27th.  Kevin O’Sullivan and James Gaffney took on the 5 mile race finishing in a fantastic 11th and 25th positions.  Kefuwe Ntsamai opted for the half marathon distance and finished in a PB time, breaking the 2 hour barrier while he was at it.  Well done lads!

We have a big gang from CSH taking on the Jingle Bells 5km next weekend, 4th December.  Good luck to all and keep those PBs coming!

Civil Service Harriers A.C.

Civil Service Harriers Athletic Club is a running club based in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and was officially founded in 1867, making it Ireland’s oldest athletic club. However, these days you don’t have to be a Civil Servant to join the club. The club is comprised of runners of all levels and abilities who meet and run in the Phoenix Park. If you live in or near Dublin and are interested in joining a running club then contact us at civilserviceharriesac@gmail.com

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