Pride Run 2013 A Success

After months of hard work, the second annual DFR Pride 5k Run took place last Friday 21 June – and was a resounding success.

We had lots of very positive feedback on the night from members and non-members, a great reflection on the club.

While the weather didn’t exactly befit the longest day of the year, it didn’t stop 448 people registering, an amazing 100+ more than last year, with 369 finishing.

It was a very competitive race, with an amazing winning time of 15.38 by Gary O’Hanlon, winner of the 2013 Connemara marathon.  Faced with that level of performance, it was great to see such strong performances by our own DFRs, with four in the top 10: Seamus Moore, Peter Dunne, Patrick Bamming and Andy Chambers.  The DFR connection was also in evidence with Anthony Sharkey (Declan Treanor’s partner) finishing third overall, and Marius McNichols (ex DFR) also in the top 10.

In the women’s race, the DFR connection continued, with Rachel Morgan (Joe’s sister) winning in 19.00.

It’s not all about the elites: we had over 70 DFRs complete the run, including many of our newer members.

And the Couch to 5k programme also threw up winners in their own right.  I spoke to a few of them afterwards, and they were all deservedly chuffed with their achievement, something many of them would never have considered possible three months ago.

See the full results here: Precision Timing

The after-party was another great success, and looks now firmly established as the Pride Festival kick-off.  (It must have finished late as only three people did the Saturday morning run.  We should probably have checked the Polo Grounds for any stragglers.)

While final figures aren’t available yet, we’re sure it’ll be another great contribution to Headstrong.  A special thanks to Rachel and Anthony for donating their prize money to Headstrong, a fantastic gesture.

Bear with me for a few thank yous, as the Run wouldn’t have been possible without input from many people:

Firstly, thanks to you the members who registered or volunteered.  This race is not possible without our members’ support.  Our volunteers on the night helped present a very professional front to the entrants, from registration to bag drop to t-shirts to marshals to medals to water to bananas to ticket sales….. Thanks to all, your help made a difference.

Thanks to our main sponsor PWC, and to Irish Ferries for providing our raffle prize bon voyage Olwen!).

An event like this doesn’t just happen.  Many people put a lot of effort and their personal time into making sure it’ll be alright on the night, so a huge thank you to the Run committee:

Particular thanks are due to Dave Shaw as Race Director.  He undertook this job many months ago and has been hugely committed to it all that time.  He was assisted by a number of people working quietly but very effectively behind the scenes:

Aidan Rodgers and Val Maher set up the “Couch to 5k” programme, which was a great success and proved very popular.

Dave Lee set the stage for the after-party.

Declan Keating’s contacts were invaluable in establishing good working relationships with the Gardai and OPW, vital to our presence in the Phoenix Park.

Kieran Cooney and Andy Chambers were always on hand to offer advice and do  whatever needed doing (and there was always plenty!).

Treasurer Dave Prendergast kept a close eye on the budget, and will finalise the Run accounts for our presentation to Headstrong.

Thanks also to Emer Costello MEP who was our official race starter.  It’s great to see a public representative giving her continued support.

Susan our race commentator did an amazing job as usual, keeping us well entertained and informed for the entire duration of the race.

Thanks to Mark Rooney, who risked his camera in the showers to provide a photographic record of the event, capturing all the elements which made it such a success:

So again, thanks to all members, the Run committee, sponsors, volunteers and entrants who made it a success.  We’ve lots to be proud of, and plenty to build on for next year.