Spanish runner Jose Carlos Hernandez took the honours in today’s National Lottery Frank Duffy 10 mile race in the Phoenix Park. Leading the field of over 6,800 runners, the Spaniard was just 3 seconds of the course record with his time of 48:15. Anthony Ford from England came in second place with his time of 48:36, ahead of North Belfast Harriers Stephen Scullion (49:59).
Speaking after the race, the first Irish man home- 22 year old Scullion said: “Jose and Anthony made a bit of a break for it and it was hard to decide whether to go with them or not. It’s only early yet, the Europeans aren’t until December and I knew that I was fit but you’re not maybe ready to attack races like that and ultimately today was a test of fitness, so I made the sensible decision to just run my own race and it felt good.”
The women’s race was won by Gemma Marie Steel from England in a great time of 55:37. Dundrum South Dublin’s Maria McCambridge came in second place but said that she was delighted with her time.
Speaking after the race about her return to competitive running just 11 weeks after giving birth to a baby boy McCambridge said:
“It’s been brilliant, I’ve just been dying to get back out there; my motivation is so high. I ran alot faster than I expected, Gemma is a fast athlete so I was happy to come in second today”.
Barry Minnock (Rathfarnham WSAF) claimed victory in the Dublin 10 mile road championship which was incorporated in today’s race, crossing the line in 51:40, whilst Maria McCambridge took the women’s title with her time of 56:39.
Record numbers took part in today’s race, which was the second race in the three part National Lottery Dublin Race Series. Conditions were ideal for runners; with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing throughout the morning, it was also favourable for the many spectators who lined the course around the park.
The next race- The National Lottery Dublin Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 17th September, also in Phoenix Park. For details on how to enter see www.dublinmarathon.ie
National Lottery Frank Duffy 10 mile results:
Top 3 men:
Jose Carlos Hernandez (Spain) 48:15
Anthony Ford (Sale, England) 48:36
Stephen Scullion (North Belfast Harriers) 49:59
Top 3 women:
Gemma Marie Steel (Charnwood, England) 55:37
Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin) 56:39
Helen Jane Decker (Ipswitch Jaffa, England) 56:50