Leitrim’s Breege Connolly Wins Dublin 10 Mile

Breege Connolly secured her second win of the KBC Race Series today, winning the Frank Duffy 10 Mile at the Phoenix Park in 58 minutes 30 seconds.

Second placed Gemma Rankin of Scotland was over a minute behind in 59:55 with Star of Luane AC’s Niamh Clifford third with 1:02.21.

“I am delighted with the win” declared Connolly. “I would have liked to have gone quicker, but I found the second half of the course very hard going.”

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“I started a training block three weeks ago working towards running the Dublin Marathon in October, so I hope to get fitter and stronger each week.”

Yared Derese crossed the line in 49.06, the fastest winning time in seven years to win the men’s race.

The Carrick Aces man has been in good form of late having also recently won the National Half Marathon.

“I am pleased and excited to have secured another win” explained Derese. “My decision today was to break away from the field early as I know Mick (Clohisey) is a strong guy, and I think this tactic worked for me.”

Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock finished second in 49.36. Swansea’s Josh Griffith took third in 50.11.

Over 5,200 runners lined up in the Phoenix Park in warm, humid conditions to take on the classic 10 Mile distance.

Next in the series is the KBC Dublin Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 21 September. The sold-out 2019 Dublin Marathon, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with KBC, has a record entry of 22,500 will take place on Sunday 27 October.