Donadea National Championships 5:21:15
Donadea promised to be one of the events of the year after it had been sold out since November. As it was also the National 50K championships and a IAU Silver awarded event it promised some extra spice. The cut-off this year was set at 40K in 4hrs 30. I was pretty sure I could do this so didn't feel too much pressure despite not being in the same shape as I was last year.
|Olwyn, Kristy and Anto RD|
I met up with Crusader team mate
|Reprising our Gold Coast Marathon Pose|
All the usual suspects were there with a massive DBRC crowd and great representation from MCI, Donadea and Duleek and District. The women's race in particular had a lot of great runners despite Olwyn and Orla the last 2 champs being injured. Both however were there and cheering and singing at the 4K mark.
|Walk to the start|
|Large 5hr group to start|
under 30 minutes for as long as I was able. I was shocked when after 1K Don caught me and I then settled into the quite large 5hr group for the first number of laps.
|Group started dwindling at Lap 4|
I knew at this stage that 5hrs was not possible but kept moving nicely.
I managed marathon distance at 4:24 which was 4 minutes faster than
|Fantastic atmosphere at the aid station|
|Lap 8 and getting serious|
Donadea has to be a candidate for event of the year as it was brilliantly organised with
|And we are home|
Next up Malta next Sunday.