Four members took part in this years Passage West Community 10k road race on Friday the 24th of April.
7 EDDIE BYRNE EAGLE AC M40 41:44
16 JOE MURPHY EAGLE AC M50 44:23
17 DENIS CARROLL EAGLE AC M50 44:27
44 PAUL COTTER EAGLE AC M50 47:14
59 DEIRDRE O CALLAGHAN EAGLE AC F40 49:41…1st F40
Well done to Deirdre O’Callaghan who managed to get into the prizes by winning the F40 category.
Passage West 10 KM…by Paul Cotter
Five Eagles took part in this race last week. Eddie Byrne had one of his best runs ever to finish in seventh position in a time of 41:44. Joe Murphy was next, coming in in 16th in 44:23, closely followed by Denis Carroll in 17th position in a time of 44:27. I was next in 44th position in 47:14 and our remaining competitor was Deirdre O’Callaghan in 59th position in a time of 49:41 to come in as fourth woman in an excellent run.
Despite the forecast the weather was warm and sunny. At 177 runners the field was disappointing and well down on previous years, despite the proceeds going to the Cork City Hospitals Childrens Club. This is a pity as this race is extremely well stewarded with lots of volunteers guaranteeing the safety of the racers all along the course. Again, the grub spread in the GAA club was excellent. I wonder if the problem is the hill. The course goes three miles out from Passage along the railway walk and then up what is a very severe hill to the heights above Passage before a fast last mile downhill. The total ascent is around 450 feet and this is really a savage hill. Perhaps the organizers should consider a five km or four mile course, perhaps and out and back between Passage and Rafeen? In any case well done to all concerned. Thanks to Derek Costello of Eagle for the photos.