Phoenix Park, 20th August 2016: Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) put in a strong performance, given the conditions, to take the win in the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, the third race in the SSE Airtricity Race Series in a time of 52:37. It was a sprint finish to the line just edging out his Raheny Shamrock A.C. teammate, Mark Kirwan by one second. Scottish athlete, Michael Cawley took third in 53:30.
There was a strong showing on the women’s side, with Belfast’s Gladys Ganiel taking her second SSE Airtricity Race Series win in 59:04. Dublin’s Catriona McKiernan secured her third silver medal of the 2016 SSE Airtricity Series with a time of 59:15, while Proctor Bryony (Aldershot Farnham & District) took the bronze in 59:41.
Despite walls of rain and wind, over 5,000 runners lined up today to take part in the third race of the 2016 SSE Airtricity Race Series in the Phoenix Park.
Delighted to take the win, Sittuk commented;
“The weather was so brutal, it made it really tough. But my target is the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and it could be like this on this day. I’m looking for a win, so this is perfect training for the big day.”
Ganiel commented on how the day was all about strategy, rather than looking for fast times;
“The conditions were a bit extreme, so I positioned myself to stay with the lead girls who went out pretty quick. I was just aware of what the main threats were doing and responded to be in a position to challenge. I was very happy to take the win in the end.”
For those looking to claim one of the newly allotted 2,000 spaces in the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, a waiting list has been created to allocate the additional entries. Priority will go to those who have competed in the 2016 SSE Airtricity Race Series. Applicants who are successful in securing a spot will be notified on 31st August 2016. Registration for the wait list can be found at http://sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/contact-us/
The next opportunity to take part in the 2016 SSE Airtricity Race Series will be the Dublin Half Marathon, which take place in The Phoenix Park, Saturday 24th September. Entry for registration closes 9th September, 2016.
For more information or to register, visit the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon website at www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie and stay updated with Facebook/DublinMarathon or @dublinmarathon