Furze Road, Phoenix Park
Running off virtual scratch Damien Cauvet set a new course record of 19m36secs. To win the Avondale Cup four mile road race ahead of Paul Quinn and John Tuohy who both ran faster than previously on this circuit.
A pleasant spring Sunday morning on the two lap circuit in the Phoenix Park provided an opportunity for some good racing. As the handicap unfolded after the first lap Linda Spratt, Joe Cooper and John Tuohy were making progress towards the front. Last year’s winner Eimear Nic An Bhaird was also among those going out on the second lap who looked like they could have a say in the destination of the trophy.
Meanwhile Damien with a very aggressive piece of running was overhauling many of those who started ahead of him as the race entered the last mile. With Winter League points also to be gained every place was vital.
Damien moved ahead on the Furze Road approaching the finish to win by a convincing 44 seconds ahead of Paul Quinn with John Tuohy holding off the scratch man Peter Arthur, who also dipped under 20 minutes, to finish fourth.
Sile Carroll ran faster than before to record the fastest women’s time of 24m31s six seconds faster than Eimear Nic An Bhaird who was also faster than her winning time of last year.