On a cold, wet, chilly good friday morning in April 1014, the Battle of Clontarf claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. While praying for battle victory, High King Brian Boru (Bryan Boru) was slain in his tent by a passing Viking, Brodir of Man. He was triumphant on the day but he made the ultimate sacrifice in losing his own life.
Roll on 1000 or so years later, the weather is still cold and wet. And in lieu of Mr Boru’s army, we have a 10 mile road race, with an army of a few hundred fit athletes marching out over a 10 mile route, in the general Clontarf area – all vying for race victory, many with Viking DNA in their veins. The Leinster 10 mile championships was run in conjunction with the Battle of Clontarf 10 mile road race. Sally Forristal of St Josephs finished 1st in both the Leinster race and the overall race, with the time of 1 hour 2 min.
In the men’s race James Kelly of Castlecomer finished 2nd Senior and 6th in the Leinster Event, with a time of 56.23. Niall Sheehan of Gowran was 8th overall and 4th Senior with a time of 56.31. Well done to all three athletes. 

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