Tommy Breheny used his handicap to good effect to win the 4k Cross Country Race some 15 seconds clear of Tony Dunne with Daniel English holding off the fast finishing Damien Cauvet who recorded the day’s fastest time.
With winds reaching 100 km an hour and an orange weather warning issued by the Met. Office, the 1k lap in the very open Papal Cross area provided a challenge for all the runners.
At least the underfoot conditions were dry which compensated to some small degree for gale force winds, as Ruth Murphy running off the limit got proceedings underway. Ruth led the field through the first of the four laps with Clare Kavanagh, Maeve Walsh, Daniel English (resplendent in blue wooly hat), and Joe Cooper making some progress.
By halfway Tommy Breheny was running strongly as he overhauled some of the early markers. Tony Dunne was also making progress, as were some of those in the middle of the handicap.
Fifteen seconds was the margin of Tommy’s victory – his second in the Winter League – whilst Tony Dunne overhauled a few to finish second ahead of Daniel English. Virtual scratch man Damian Cauvet had the satisfaction of recording the fastest time finished next.
With winter league points available for all, the intensity of the competition was in evidence as Eddie McGrath, Aileen Gittens and Maeve Walsh could not be separated on the clock as they contested 13th, 14th, and 15th.
With two more races to go, including the ever popular Avondale Cup 4 mile on March 12th, the scene is set for a very competitive race on the two lap road circuit.