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Bekele strolls through Phoenix Park

Kenenisa Bekele

Kenenisa Bekele

Some 10,000 runners of all ages took part today in the SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in very windy but warm conditions.  Among these were almost 1,500 children in the Mini and Junior Runs for five to eight year olds and nine to fifteen year olds respectively.

The event also featured the SPAR Great Ireland Mile for elite men run on the main road of the Phoenix Park.

The 10k Run was won by defending champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 28 minutes 51 seconds, fast running in the high winds. He was challenged for the first 7k by Collis Birmingham of Australia but finally broke away just beyond the 8k mark.

Second place in 29:08 went to multiple European cross-country champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine and world 10,000 metre champion Ibrahim Jeilan was third in 29:18. Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers finished in 7th place and took the Irish national 10k title in 30:15.

Defending women’s champion Gemma Steel of Great Britain had to settle for second place behind compatriot Lauren Howarth who won in 33:36 ahead of Steel’s 33:49. Julia Bleasdale in third made it a clean sweep for the Britons in 33:53. Linda Byrne of DSD took the Irish title in 6th place in 34:24.

Paul Robinson of St Coca’s AC in Kildare was a decisive winner of the inaugural Great Ireland Mile coming home in 4 minutes and 14 seconds.

Great Ireland Run 2013 Results are below.


1.       Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 28:51
2.       Sergiy Lebid (Ukraine) 29:08
3.       Ibrahim Jeilan (Ethiopia) 29:18
4.       Hamid El Mouaziz (Belgium) 29:26
5.       Collis Birmingham (Australia) 29:30
6.       Urige Buta (Norway) 29:40
7.       Stephen Scullion (Ireland) 30:15
8.       Mats Lunders (Belgium) 30:28


1.       Lauren Howarth (Great Britain) 33:36
2.       Gemma Steel (Great Britain) 33:49
3.       Julia Bleasdale (Great Britain) 33:53
4.       Diana Martin (Spain) 34:03
5.       Elena Romagnolo (Italy) 34:19
6.       Linda Byrne (Ireland) 34:24
7.       Elle Baker (Great Britain) 34:38
8.       Emma Clayton (Great Britain) 35:07


1.       Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) 4:14
2.       Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) 4:16
3.       David Harper (Sligo AC) 4:18


Boys (12-15)

1.       Chilnnie Izuchukwi (Tullamore Harriers) 8:09
2.       Conal Hayes (Le Cheile AC) 8:15
3.       Jamie Wall (Tinryland AC) 8:18

Boys (9-11)

1.       Eoin Quinn (Mullingar Harriers)
2.       Andrew Shaw (Mullingar Harriers)
3.       Andrew Daly (Mullingar Harriers)

Girls (12-15)

1.       Siobhra O’Flaherty (St Laurence O’Toole AC) 8:38
2.       Amy Clarke (Na Fianna AC) 9:08
3.       Edel Monaghan (Enniskillen Running Club) 9:30

Girls (9-11)

1.       Beatrice Drummond (Mullingar AC)
2.       Neasa Reilly (Blackrock AC)
3.       Ciara Quinn (Glenmore AC)

Woodies AAI 10k Championships


1.       Stephen Scullion (North Belfast Harriers) 30:15
2.       Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers) 30:59
3.       Eddie McGinley (Annadale Striders) 31:00
4.       Philip Harty (West Waterford AC) 31:26
5.       Robbie Matthews (Dunshaughlin AC) 31:54
6.       Andrew Connick (Ferrybank AC) 31:59
7.       James McCarthy (East Cork AC) 32:04
8.       Cathal O Donnabhain (St Finbarrs AC) 32:07


1.       Linda Byrne (DSD AC) 34:24
2.       Eilish Kelly (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 35:37
3.       Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC) 35:41
4.       Siobhan O’Doherty (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 35:58
5.       Anne-Marie McGlynn (Lifford AC) 37:00
6.       Catherina McKiernan 37:41
7.       Sinead Jennings 37:50
8.       Natasha Adams (Lifford AC) 38:07

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