Sunday, 31st March - Dan Doherty wins Anglo Celt Plate 2013 - Report
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In Perth, Scotland on Easter Sunday, Dan Doherty of Inishowen Athletics Club flew the flag for club and country at the Anglo Celt Plate 100K, incorporating the British 100K Championships. Berkshire-based Dan, Ireland’s sole representative at the event, comfortably held second place for the first twenty-five laps of the 42-lap, 1.5 mile course behind England’s main hope, Thomas Payn, a 2.17 marathon runner. Dan, who is fast becoming a big name in International distance running, bided his time behind the leader, running with discipline and composure, eventually passing and pulling away, winning with over seven minutes to spare on eventual second, Englishman Craig Holgate. Dan crossed the line in 7 hours 5 minutes 23 seconds. Celebrations were slightly subdued at the thought of missing out on the current Irish 100K record by a mere 17 seconds! However, there is little doubt that Dan will not only smash the national record of 7.05.06, but will eventually run sub 7 hours; a breakthrough that would propel Dan into an elite division of International ultrarunning.
To put Sunday’s achievement in perspective, the 100K race distance is 5k short of two and a half marathons. Dan’s average pace per mile over the 62 mile race distance was 6 minutes 50 seconds…a sub three hour marathon all the way! And Dan is not finished yet. He will again compete for Ireland at the European 100K Championships in France, 27th April and the World 24 Hour Championships in Holland, 11th-12th May. Dan follows in the footsteps of Inishowen AC’s pioneering ultrarunner, Helena Crossan, who also competed with distinction at international distance events. Helena won the Anglo Celt Plate 100K in 2009 before finishing 6th in the World 100K Championships. She also finished 2nd at the World Trail Championships in Texas in 2007.
Many thanks to Christy’s Shoe and Sports Store Carndonagh for the flags, proudly waved in celebration at the finish line in Perth.
Dan was sponsored and supported at the Anglo Celt Plate by Ultra Running Ireland and Polar Running Adventures.