Kieran Kelly landed the first national 5 kilometre road championship at the Irish Runner 5k in the Phoenix Park today.
Kelly finished second overall, behind Peter Somba of Dunboyne, but was first qualified Irish athlete home to take the new national title.
One reminisces to Kieran’s debut at 800 metres in 2011, when the stadium announcer noted that Ireland had a very bad record of 400 metre runners transitioning to 800 metres.
Well Kieran has certainly proved them all wrong as he collected his third national title to go with his 800m indoor gold medal in 2017 and 1500m indoor gold in 2018.
Kelly posted 14 minutes 45 seconds for gold, nine seconds behind Somba, but six seconds ahead of Glaslough Harriers Conor Duffy.
Kelly led home the men’s senior team to silver, just 31 seconds behind North Belfast Harriers. The team was Kelly, John Dunne, Wesley Grant and Terry Keogh.
There was silver also for the women’s senior team of Zoe Quinn, Orla Manley and Helen Carr.
The master’s women’s team of Aisling McNally, Orla Lambe and Rachel Ormrod were seventh. The women’s masters 50 team of Annette Kealy, Adrienne Atkins and Caroline Farrelly took gold nearly nine minutes clear of Mullingar Harriers.
The men’s masters’ team of Ronan Kenny, Philip McGovern and Keith Fleming took fifth place with the men’s masters 50 team of Brian McWeeney, Christy Reilly and Damien Martin were sixth.
Those who competed were Kieran Kelly 14:45, John Dunne 16:09, Wesley Grant 17:15, Terry Keogh 17:47, Ronan Kenny 18:03, Annette Kealy 18:04, Zoe Quinn 18:40
Philip McGovern 19:30, Keith Fleming 19:30, Brian McWeeney 19:36, Orla Manley 20:02, Helen Carr 20:16, Adrienne Atkins 20:56, Aisling McNally 21:05, Christy Reilly 21:58
Orla Lambe 22:11, Darren Meikle 22:12, Caroline Farrelly 22:16, Connor Jennings 22:30, Rachel Ormrod 23:16, Damien Martin 23:18, Mary Lynch 23:19, Mary Purdue-Smyth 23:42, Bernadette Manley 24:37 and Maeve Devlin 32:35.