Ballydehob St Patrick’s Day 10km Race Report

The weather gods were once again shining upon us as Steve Redmond, first person to swim the gruelling Oceans 7 Challenge, set the participants off on the Ballydehob St Patrick’s Day 10km in sunshine. Runners were rewarded with magnificant views across Rossbrin Harbour and the finish by Ballydehob’s famous 12 arch bridge. Cathal O’Donnabhain of St Finbarr’s Athletic Club came home in a new course record of 33.26, followed by 18 year old Chris Mintern of Leevale AC. In third place was Mike Dullea of West Cork Tri Club, winner of the inaugural event in 2011. Stephen Holland of Bantry AC was the first U18 in 41.06. The women’s prize went to Ann Marie Healy from Ballydehob in a time of 44.11, followed by Fiona Dukelow and Julie O’Brien, whilst Skibbereen AC junior Alicia O’Neill was the first walker across the line. Winners and age category winners received vouchers from The Edge Sports Shop in Cork.

It was great to have runners from as far a field as Munich in Germany and Alabama in the US. The event always attracts international visitors as they travel to Ireland for the St Patrick’s Day festivities. Ballydehob and the race route never fail to leave an impression.

With music at the finish, Mizen Bouncey Castles providing entertainment for the children and Red Bull Girls handing out drink cans, Ballydehob pier provided the perfect setting for a race gathering. Thank you to all the sponsors including The Edge and Clona Dairies of Clonakilty. Get training for 2014!

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