38th Michael Manning Memorial Dunshaughlin 10km
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37th Michael Manning Memorial Dunshaughlin 10km
Nip and tuck delivers victory for Somba - Shaughnessy does it her own way
The 2016 Summer Tour of Ireland for Peter Somba (Dunboyne AC) is rapidly becoming something of a Tour de Force. The diminutive twenty four year old from the Rift Valley neighbourhood has targeted a selection of Irish road racing classics for his trip which to date is yielding a positive dividend. Somba’s recent one second victory over Olympic bound Mick Clohisey at the SSE Airtricity 5 mile was almost a carbon copy of the Michael Manning Memorial Dunshaughlin 10km. The strategy seems simple, adopt a sit and kick strategy - nip and tuck. Once the hooter sounded, the traditional eyeballs out 400m charge to the first tight left hander had lungs burning for many but Somba and the powerful and stylish running of Brandon Hargreaves were quickly to the fore. Hargreaves (Dundrum South Dublin AC) forced the pace through the first kilometre in 2 minutes 47 seconds and the first mile in 4 minutes 30 seconds. The head of the race was a dawdle free zone as the next few kilometres clicked through to break 5km in 14 minutes 41 seconds. All this time Hargreaves was maintaining the lead and at times it was difficult to even see Somba as he tucked in and played the waiting game.
The race for third place was a lonely affair for Barry Harran (Finn Valley AC) who was caught between a rock and a hard place. The race leaders had broken free of the chasing pack but this pack in turn fractured early leaving Harran out on his own. In recent years, Harran has returned to road racing after a few years hiatus and is clearly enjoying his second coming. Aware of the situation he found himself in, he decided to throw caution to the wind, press on and time trial his way home. Making the half way split at 15 minutes 25 seconds he had a 4 seconds on Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers).
Laura Shaughnessy (Dundrum South Dublin AC) is enjoying her running this year. A demanding work schedule for anybody means that every available hour must count. The mindset required to successfully merge a busy work and training plan has given Laura a stronger focus and a desire to succeed. Through mile one in 5 minutes 23 seconds would see her out on her own onto the country loop. By the halfway mark, the early work produced an advantage of 8 seconds ahead of Aine O’Reilly (Mullingar Harriers) and a healthy 32 seconds gap to Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders). Passing over Greenhills bridge before turning right towards the finish brought runners up the two hills on the course. A strong effort from Oldroyd brought her onto the shoulder of O’Reilly and another surge saw her go clear.
Striding past kilometre nine, Hargreaves was aware of the sitting Somba but he was determined to run his own race. Approaching 400m the inevitable happened, out of the shadow, alongside for the briefest of moments and then the kick. Somba produced a sudden surge to go 5 metres clear and Hargreaves responded as best he could but the gap widened to 10 metres with 150 metres remaining. Urged on by the crowds which had gathered along the finishing straight, a final push brought him to within a single stride coming to the line but it was Somba's day in 29 minutes 43 seconds. Out on all fours seconds after crossing the line, the sit and kick strategy worked but it clearly took its toll. Hargreaves was one second adrift but joins some illustrious company in the Dunshaughlin 10km Sub 30 minute club. Third place was the solo running Harran in 31 minutes 12 seconds, a tough run but one that made him realise that if had some good company he would likely have been in 30 minute plus territory.
Shaughnessy ran a classy controlled race to finish in 35 minutes 40 seconds ahead of Oldroyd in 36 minutes even though Oldroyd ran a 28 second negative split for the second half of the race to close the gap on Shaughnessy. O’Reilly maintained her composure to secure third place in a 36 minutes 15 seconds PB which is excellent preparation for her own club race, the Mullingar Harriers 10 mile in July. A 35 second gap for the top three women was one of the closest races in recent years.
On the day entries combined with a healthy online listing saw 694 finishers making it one of the best attended Dunshaughlin 10km races. One local man who picked up a late entry was former champion jump jockey Barry Geraghty from over the road at Pelletstown (Drumree). A proven pedigree over fences, it was his performance over the flat that raised cheers coming up the finish straight by showing a clean pair of heels to more than 500 crossing the line in 40mins 13 secs. A fair man to judge the correct pace for the race, he went through 5km in 19m 57 secs in 178th place. The second half of the race is a little tougher and was covered in 20mins 15secs, he crossed the finish in 178th place overall proving that it really is all about the pace!
The Dunshaughlin 10km race committee thank our race sponsors WTW Willis Towers Watson for the tremendous support and also to The Run Hub for their course record sponsorship. Our local community, local businesses, An Garda Siochana, Civil Defence, Dunshaughlin Community Centre are have been working together for thirty seven years delivering a race that we believe captures the essence of road running. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to do it for you and let’s look forward to the next edition of Ireland’s oldest 10km road race.