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Aoife Cooke Runs 55:17 in Mallow 10 2019 – Guest Article by John Walshe

John Walshe's Prespective on Aoife Cooke's Superb 10 Mile Time

Guest Article by John Walshe

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Aoife Cooke, Youghal AC, captured in full flight at 9 Mile mark, in the 2019 Mallow 10 -  Photo: Derek Costello

Aoife Cooke’s time of 55:17 for 10 miles in last Sunday's Mallow 10, makes her the second fastest Cork woman on the all-time list, after Sonia O’Sullivan. Sonia's set the record in Portsmouth UK, on September 8th 2002

The fastest 10 Mile time by an Irishwoman during 2018 was 56:47, set by DSD AC's Laura Shaughnessy, in the 2018 Dungarvan 10.  Aoife recently equalled this, in tough and windy weather conditions in the Duhallow 10, just two weeks ago, on March 10th. So to run a minute-and-half faster just two weeks later amounts to a superb performance.

Leevale AC's Lizzie Lee’s average pace in her half-marathon best of 73:19, set in Barcelona last year, equates to a time of around 55:55 for 10 miles, although in the National Half-Marathon of 2015 in the Phoenix Park – which she won in 73:27 – Lee went though 10 miles in 55:40.

In the entire history of the Ballycotton ‘10’, only one woman, Maria McCambridge, DSD AC, ran faster than 55:17. It should be noted, however, that she did it on three occasions - 54:20 (2015), 54:48 (2012), and 55:01 (2013).

Although the 10-mile distance is not as prevalent in the UK as it was in the past, only three women, Eilish McColgan, Alyson Dixon and Steph Twell, ran faster than Aoife Cooke’s time in all of 2018.

To put everything into perspective – the fastest ever Irish woman over 10 miles is Sonia O’Sullivan, who ran 51:00 at the Great South Run in 2002. At the time, this was a world best, and it still remains as the tenth fastest on the women's world all-time 10 Mile listings.


Results of Mallow 10 2019


Top 10 - Final Irish Men's and Women's 10 Mile Road Race Performances 2018



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