The Tallaght 5 Mile, kick-started the Irish Life Dublin Race Series with over 2,000 runners taking part on Sunday the 19th of June.

A brilliant sprint finish saw Mayo man Hugh Armstrong (Ballina AC) just hold off Dunboyne AC’s Peter Somba while Ciara Hickey of local club Brothers Pearse AC took the women’s title.

In the men’s race, Armstrong and Somba broke away from the pack early and their terrific two-man tussle came right down to the final 80m.

“Peter led the first mile. Then I took over, but it was neck and neck the whole way,” said Armstrong who completed an athletics scholarship in Providence College (USA) in 2019.

“I was trying to drop him but just couldn’t until the final sprint.”

“It’s just great to be back out racing again. I was injured last year with two stress fractures in my back, which made things even worse.”

His time of 24:13 just pipped Somba by two seconds and local man Tomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) took third in 26:31.

Hickey’s victory on home soil was never in doubt. She came home in 27:35, almost two minutes clear of DSD’s Sarah Mulligan (29:14) with Crusader’s Yvonne Mac Auley third in 30:27.

Hickey revealed that she does most of her training on a treadmill because of her busy life as an accountant and a mother of two.

“I am working from home since lockdown, so it has helped me to be able to get in more training,” she said.

“I’m delighted to win because it is my local race and there was a big gang from the club out here running today. The atmosphere was great, they really put on a great show.”



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