Another beautiful April evening for the Clara Mountain Race (15th April 2012) saw 46 competitors run from the Presbtry on the Clara Rd to the top of Clara and back again. The winner Tim O’Donoghue from East Cork ran away with it with an unbelievable time of 29 minutes and 31 seconds, taking 65 seconds off the best time for the Clara Run in the last ten years (though conditions underfoot were perfect). Only just ahead at the top from David Power (18 secs) and Ed Murphy (24 secs), he powered down the mountain to win by 1:19. Similarly in the womens, only 14 seconds separated Ida Donovan from Elaine O’Donoghue at the top, but Ida attacked the downhill to win by a convincing margin of 2 minutes.
Best from Millstreet was Donal Coffey in 7th, while Brian Murphy, Donal Cashman, Mary Finn and Shane Browne also made it up and down the mountain.
The race was followed by tea’s and cakes in the GAA Hall with prizes given out afterwards. At the request of race organiser Donie Shine, a minutes silence was observed for Willie Neenan who passed away a few weeks ago. He had been the heartbeat of athletics in Millstreet for many years and was always running up Clara and the mountains further back.
More photos from the race are available on imra.ie
Above is a video of the runners at the top of Clara – taken by LTV2 Millstreet (starts at 1hr 03 23s in the video)
The Corkman had an article on the race.
Times below are from the Irish Mountain Running website (imra.ie)
|1||Tim O’Donoghue||2537||M||29:31:00||East Cork||Cork|
|3||Mike Cunningham||2509||M40||31:05:00||Bilboa AC||Limerick|
|5||Tom Blackburn||2501||M40||31:53:00||Bilboa AC||Limerick|
|8||John Barrett||2550||M40||33:10:00||Desmond C…||Cork|
|9||Sean Harte||2555||M||34:33:00||Cork orie…||Waterford|
|10||Ger Griffin||2505||M50||34:45:00||Bilboa AC||Limerick|
|11||Brian Flannelly||2502||M||35:03:00||Cork Orie…||Tipperary|
|14||Robert McEvoy||2552||M||36:39:00||Cork orie…||Cork|
|18||John Shanahan||2569||MJ||38:25:00||Bilboa AC|
|25||Gearoid Ryan||2551||M||40:09:00||Cork orie…|
|30||John J Healy||2538||M40||44:03:00||kenmare AC||Kerry|
|32||Stephen Murphy(Cork)||2562||M50||45:04:00||Rising Su…||Cork|
|35||Noreen Harvey||2549||F40||47:25:00||Mallow AC||Cork|
|36||Patricia Blackburn||2535||F40||47:38:00||Bilboa AC||Limerick|
|37||Patrick Cleary||2541||M60||47:48:00||Kerry O||Kerry|