A: Grange, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland | E: info@mullingarharriers.com

Great Ireland Run 2023 – incorp. AAI National 10k (16th Apr)


A not-so-great “Great Ireland Run”

An unfortunate error by race stewards at the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park on Sunday morning 16th April meant the entire field of just over 1,800 runners missed a turn resulting in everyone running only about 8.5k instead of 10k. The race incorporated the National 10k, so those results were thrown into chaos as a result of the error and it’s not clear if the National 10k results will stand or not.

Given the shorter race distance, the finish times are irrelevant but leading the Mullingar squad home and finishing well up was Johnny Morrissey, followed not too far behind by Eddie Newman placing 3rd in his master category. Following them in was James Cribbin, Pauric Brady, Mary Stuart placing 2nd in her master category, closely followed by Maura Dervin taking 3rd in her master category. Also competing was Paul Byrne, Emer O’Hanlon, Linda Cunningham, Paul Ginnell and Clodagh Foley.

Given the error in distance, the results simply recorded finish times – for what they were worth – and places, but no team results have been published. We do know however that Eddie, Mary and Maura will receive their National medals.