There was something special about the inaugural Castleknock 5K held last Sunday...!!!!!
Maybe it was the course, a fast first downhill mile, into our wonderful Pheonix Park, a tour through Farmleigh, a tough climb up to the Castleknock College gates, a majestic finish in front of the College itself.
Maybe it was the participants, all in flying form and the reasons they had for taking part, the spirit of Rory Doherty, the funds they were raising for Cystic Fibrosis, the quest to raise awareness for organ donation, the desire to do something for a good cause or simply the joy of running or being out for a walk in the open air with friends and family.
Maybe it was the enthusiasm of the organizers, Rory’s family and friends, the sponsors, the donators, the supportors, the stewards, the gardai, the OPW, the Zumba dancers, and all who combined to make this a race to remember.
One thing was agreed, race organizer Kate O’Neill had a lot to do with making it a special day, Kieran Gallagher’s skills at coordinating were evident and without Eamon Dolan on the PA we’d be lost.
5th Paul Farrell 17:40 1st cat
8th Kate O’Neill 18:04 2nd
10th A. King 18:37 2nd
16th Adrienne Jordan 18:48 1st
25th Emma Donlan 19:20
28th Jim Dowdall 19:28 1st
34th Mark Woodger 19:42
John Todd (Tullamore) 19:57 1st
Eimear O’Leary 20:07
Sharon. Farrell 22:38
E. Coghlan 23:02 2nd (Well done to John Todd! 1st in 19:57)
C. Booth 24:30