Huge field of over 600 honour the memory of Dundrum's Brendan Kinane

Brendan Kinane Dundrum AC 5K Road Race

Huge field of over 600 honour the memory of Dundrum's Brendan Kinane

Brendan Kinane suddenly passed away in December 2015.

His passing was a shock to everyone. He was a well known man, who gave his fullcommitment to anything he turned his hand to.

He worked in Ballydoyle Racing, ran with Dundrum AC, played badminton and participated in taekwondo. His true passion was clearly running and he always trained hard. He ran all the various distances including a few marathons.

Last year he was competing very well in his age category.

Brendan would often speak about how it would be great if the club could host a 5km race over the same loop we use for the Coillte 10k,but to do one lap instead of two. It is after all a perfect 5km loop for anybody seeking that personal best time for 5km. He would often discuss it on training sessions with four of his best friends, Michael Ryan, Kevin Moore, Michael J Ryan and Willie O'Dwyer. It was these four men who started a committee to make Brendan's wish become a reality.

On Wedneday last, May 4 the race became a reality and what a reality it became! The success of the race exceeded all expectations.

Brendan being such a popular man in the running, horse racing and the local community brought a colossal crowd of 606 tocompete in this 5km race in his memory.

From old to young, walkers,joggers, runners and wheelchair participants. Everybody was out in force. This didn't include all those who volunteered their time to help with stewarding, registrations and helping out the tea and cakes afterwards.

First home in was one of Brendan's best friends Kevin Moore, Dundrum AC in16:19. It was great to see Kevin come home first, especially considering the race was in memory of Brendan.

Brendan took Kevin under his wing when Kevin was only a teenager. Kevin was presented with the trophy by Brendan's wife Ruth, which was sponsored by Ballydoyle Racing.

Second was David Ryan, Clonmel AC in 16:24; third Arthur Larry, Derg AC in 16:38. The first Junior Man was Aaron Quigley, Derg AC in 17:10. The winners of the Over Categories were; M40 Keith O'Brien, Clonmel AC 17:23, M45 Dermot Hayes, Dundrum AC 17:18, M50 Thomas Blackburn Mooreabbey Milers 17:32, M55 Billy Prout,Clonmel AC 22:10, M60 Tom Halpin, Ballynonty AC 20:12. Jerry Forde, Blarney won the wheelchair event in 30:43.

In the Ladies race first home was Aine Roche in 18:57, second Marie Murphy, St Fibarrs 19:19, third Monica Corcoran, St Michael's AC in19:22. The first Junior Woman was Eimear Loughman in 20:50. In the the Over Categories the winners were; W35 Tracy Culleton, Ballynonty AC 20:27, W40 Jean McEvoy, Ballyroan 20:28, W45 Martina Ryan, Thurles Crokes AC 21:55, W50 Anna Byrne, Clonmel AC 21:24, W55 Patricia Blackburn, Mooreabbey Milers AC 23:58.

The club really came together as a team, everybody baked and made sandwhiches and served everybody after the race. It was arguably one of the best after race refreshments that was ever seen at a race.

After the expense of the race is paid for, the monies left will beused to purchase an AED defibrillator for the Club and the community to be located at the Scout Hall in the coming months.

Brendan would have been proud of us all.