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Back On The Road Again…

The Dublin Docklands Run is getting more popular every year; last Thursday saw the 14th edition of the fun-run in aid of Barnardos, with over 3000 people competing (1,120 in the 5k and 2,275 in the 10k, to be exact). It was also my first race of the year, and so it was that I took to the quays with my good pal Siobhan Hickey (she of fame) and our friends from college, Alan and Jenny.

giant red sticks

Here we are beforehand at the Grand Canal Square urban space – or to give it it’s proper title – the “Big Red Sticks.”

For anyone familiar with the area, the course is fairly straightforward – we started at Hanover Quay, before making our way around to the Samuel Beckett Bridge, and onto a turning cone near the O2 Arena. From there, we had a long, straight stretch as far the Custom House Quay, before crossing the Liffey again at the Talbot Memorial Bridge, and finally returning to Hanover.

dublin docklands

And then we did it all over again…

Anyway, to cut a long story short, it was personal bests all round!

Oliver Clare

I did have a little bit of trimming to do on my 10k time – what with having ran my last two events in a Santa suit and a ball gown respectively –┬áso I was pretty happy with my final time of 41 minutes and 23 seconds. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring that down under 40 minutes next time. For now, I’m just happy to have another to add to the collection!

Personal Bests (All Distances):

One Mile – 5 min; 48 sec. (Louth Novice Cross Country 6k – Oct 7th, 2012)

6km – 25 min; 57 sec. (Louth Novice Cross Country 6k – Oct 7th, 2012)

10km – 41 min; 23 sec. (Dublin Docklands Run – June 20th, 2013)

Half-Marathon – 2 hrs; 9 min, 34 sec. (Meath Spring Half Marathon – March 4th, 2012)

Marathon – 3 hrs; 54 min, 44 sec. (Dublin City Marathon – October 29th, 2012)

Double-Marathon – 9 hrs; 33 min, 42 sec. (Eddie Murphy Memorial, 46 miles DNF – Nov 18th, 2012)

100 Miles – 28 hrs; 47 min, 43 sec. (Connemara 100 Ultra – August 11th/12th 2012)

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