The 30th edition of the Raheny Open Mile takes place this Tuesday night and continues as the club’s final trial for the national road relay.
In this covid impacted season the Raheny Open Mile takes place in October away from its traditional date in April.
The race itself was founded in 1992 by then club chairman the late Pat Hooper. The title of the race “Open” mile lends itself to athletics of the time.
At this time the club promoted the following races; The Holland Cup, the Joe Noonan Cup, the Jim Wall Cup, the Raheny 5 and the winter league.
The Raheny 5 was the only race promoted by the club which was open to non-members of Raheny Shamrock.
In this period the athletics fixture list was far more sparse then today. Also during this period clubs organised races which were closed to members only.
Back then the winter league was a six round road race series, with the addition of the Raheny Open Mile bringing the series to seven. A second mile race was added to the winter league series two years later, this race was closed to Raheny Shamrock members only.
The open mile has grown into a key fixture on the club fixture list. In 1995 Nigel Bruton (UCD) set a course record of four minutes 14 seconds. A record which stood for 25 years and was broken by Cillian Kirwan in 2020 clocking four minutes 13 seconds.
Bruton remains the only man from outside the club to win the Raheny Open Mile. While the women’s race has gone to a non-club member on four occasions.
Siobhan Browne (Clonliffe Harriers) 1995, Niamh Beirne (Lucan Harriers) 2002 and Becky Woods (Clonliffe Harriers) 2014 and 2015.
With Raheny Shamrock hosting the road relays first in 1999 and then since 2001 the Raheny Open Mile has doubled as the club’s final trial for the road relays.
The mile returns this Tuesday night and this time will complete the club’s summer series of races.
Entry fee for the race is €7, entries are available here. With Covid-19 sporting restrictions removed, there will be one race only starting at 8pm.
The Raheny Open Mile is licensed by Athletics Ireland and run under the rules of World Athletics.