James Nolan began the New Year in fine style with a fine run to win the Tom Brennan trophy race in the Phoenix Park in a new course record of 14'39 knocking some 35 seconds off the course record with Mullingars Mark Christie in second spot clocking 14'50 ahead of Fintan McGee of Lucan. Annette Kealy of Raheny won the womens race in 17'25 some 16 seconds ahead of Olympic Rower Sinead Jennings with Claire Phelan of St. Abban's third.
In ideal conditions on the two lap course Nolan and Christie had detached themselves from the remainder of the field after 800 metres. By the end of the first circuit the Mullungar man Christie was trying to make stamina pay as he tried to take it along but James Nolan was sitting in very comfortably. Meanwhile some 100 metres behind there was an interesting battle in progress for third spot with last years winner Gary Hynes, Paul Fleming and Fintan McGee running together.
The longer Nolan stayed in contact the more inevitable the result became as with 400 metres to go he moved up a gear and the young Mullingar man had no response and moved right away to win in a very creditable 14'39 fine running for a man more suited to shorter distances and an indication of his current well being at this stage of the year. For Mark Christie in his first senior season it was a good start to the new year and his progress will be watched with interest. Fintan McGee in third spot had a his best run ever at this level as he held off last years winner Gary Hynes. Annette Kealy ran strongly throughout to finish some 16 seconds ahead of Sinead Jennings who has forsaken the water for the roads and continued her promising season. St. Abbans Calire Phelan was another athlete who had a promising start to the season.
Rathfarnham won the mens team race with Raheny taking the womens race. Over 300 athletes took part in the race promoted jointly by Liffey Valley AC and Dublin City Harriers.