Hiko Tonosa continued his upward trajectory in Irish distance running with a 5th straight victory since he arrived in Ireland. This was the opening race of the new Kia series of road races, which aims to improve the standard of running at home. There will be seven more races in different venues all over the country and this opening race was in Portaoise on St. Patrick’s Day. D.S.D’s Hiko and Mick Clohissey of Raheny (national cross-country champion and Olympic marathon participant) set the pace from the start, with Eric Keogh of Donore close up in 3rd place. As they approached the finish tunnel 600m long, Hiko veered off course down a parallel road for 100m before the shouts from the stewards made him stop and return to the finish area. Amazingly he was not passed and his sprint finish was something to behold, as he achieved maximum points towards the ultimate goal, a Kia car, at the final of the series. Mick Clohissey, who is training for the half-marathon, found his speed was compromised, as Eric Keogh produced a storming finish to take 2nd place.
Linda Byrne continues to improve, as she returns from a long break, and finished in a great 4th position in a high class women’s race, producing a great sprint to the finish.
Well done to both!