Round 5 of the 2019 Kia Race Series, brought to you by Pop Up Races, brings us to Dunshaughlin this Saturday night (7:30pm) for the 40th edition of the Dunshaughlin 10k, widely regarded as Irelands best 10k road race.
Yet again, this years race has attracted some of the country’s best athletes, and is shaping up to be one of the races of the year. Each participant will take away a beautiful custom medal to mark the 40th running of this iconic race, a race that sold out weeks in advance.
At the top of the female standings in “the Race for the Stonic” it has been nip and tuck between the 4 main protagonists, Mary Mulhare, Siobhan O Doherty, Sinead O Connor and Linda Byrne. We are expecting all bar Byrne on the start line in Dunshaughlin, and they are set to be joined by, amongst others, Olympian Fionnuala McCormack, fresh off the back of her recent Boston Marathon, meaning the large crowds that assemble around the course can expect fireworks from the get go!
The female team event is based on 3 scores, and last years winners Dunboyne will face stiff competition Clonliffe, DSD and many others as they aim to defend their title.
The mens race is equally compelling, with a star studded line up set to toe the line. Amongst these, last weeks National 5 Mile winner Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock , and runner up Colin Maher of Balyfin AC. Kilkenny City Harrier Brian Maher is also expected, along with Paddy Hamilton Slieve Gullion Rovers.
Donore Harries Eric Keogh, fresh of a fine 3rd place at last weeks Braveheart 5k, and current leader in the “Race for the Stonic” standings, will be hoping to solidify his place at the top with a good run here.
The race favourite will be defending champion Hiko Tanosa of DSD. He was pushed all the way in both Enfield and Braveheart by Dunboynes Peter Somba, who’ll be hoping to repeat these performances and potentially beat Tanosa this time around.
Keep an eye out for Tommy Hughes too as the Termoneeny RC man aims to break the AG World Record (M55).
It’s 4 to score in the mens team race, and this looks wide open.
As with all Kia Race Series events, the race will have an electric atmosphere thanks to Mark Neilon, “the Race MC”, while Refill Ireland will be on board at the finish suppying water in reusable cups, and taking 2,000 single use plastic bottles out of the event.
Kia will be offering the usual €500 course record bonuses for both the male and female races. These currently stand at 29:21 (Noel Cullen, Clonliffe) and 33:13 (Lizzie Lee, Leevale). Will they be broken this year?
Time will tell…We can’t wait!!
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