Mick Clohisey and Maria McCambridge make history at SSE Airtricity Fingal 10k Dublin Race Series event

Mick Clohisey, running with Raheny Shamrock AC, was first over the finish line of the SSE Airtricity Fingal 10k with a new course record of 00:29:44. Mark Kennelly (Raheny Shamrocks AC) also finished the race sub 30 minutes in second place with a time of 00:29:48, and was followed closely by Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers) in a time of 00:30:23. Over 3,800 runners, joggers and walkers took part in the event with all of the participants being welcomed across the finish line by perfect conditions.

Speaking after the race, Mick Clohisey said: “It was a challenging course today and I had a good battle with Mark Kennelly throughout. It was only on the last kilometre that I managed to slip away from him. I didn't give up or throw in the towel and now I’m delighted with the new course record. It wasn’t my fastest time, as I completed the Dunshaughlin 10k a few weeks ago in 00:29:27, but this was definitely harder today.

“This will be my last Dublin event this year, as I will be competing in the Berlin Marathon as I chase an Olympic time, but I would like to wish everyone else the very best of luck for the rest of the SSE Airtricity Race Series events and the Marathon in October.”

In the women’s race, Maria McCambridge from Dundrum South Dublin AC became the first woman ever to win the Fingal 10k twice following her course record in 2013. She completed the race in a time of 00:34:10. Maria was followed closely by Ciara Hickey (00:36:52) in second place and Niamh Devlin in third (00:38:05).

After the race, McCambridge said: “Today was tougher than I had expected and to be honest I thought I would've felt a little bit better about it but I’m still happy with the win. I’m a little tired today due to my pre-marathon phase so I’m going to take a bit of down time to rejuvenate both mentally and physically. I was hoping for a better time as I wanted to use this race to help me to gauge where I’m currently at but I'm happy enough with today. Maria added “I’m looking forward to the SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 mile but that’s as far as I will be going this year.”

Team Dublin Marathon, which consists of five men and five women, also took part in the event in preparation for the 26.2 miles later this year. Between now and race day in October each team member will be following their own individualised training programmes and weekly training schedules from two of the best marathon runners in the country, Gary Crossan and Maria McCambridge. 

The Fingal 10k run is the second race marked in this year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series which kicked off on 27 June in the Phoenix Park with the Irish Runner 5 Mile. This race was introduced to help fill the gap between the 5 Mile and the Frank Duffy 10 Mile Races, and is designed to help prepare athletes for the Marathon on 26 October. 

The next race in the series will be the SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 Mile run which will take place in the Phoenix Park on 22 August, with the closing date for applications being the 7 August. For more information, or to register for any of the events, visit the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon website at www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie and stay in touch on Facebook/DublinMarathon or @dublinmarathon on Twitter.

SSE Airtricity Fingal 10k race results:

Men’s Top 3

Mick Clohisey 00:29:44 (NEW COURSE RECORD)

Mark Kennelly 00:29:48

Gary Thornton 00:30:23

Women’s Top 3

Maria McCambridge 00:34:10 (NEW RECORD)

Ciara Hickey 00:36:52

Niamh Devlin 00:38:05