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RCSI Students Compete in Boston Marathon 2010

19 April 2010

The 114th Boston Marathon took place on Monday 19 April with 9 RCSI students competing in this prestigious road race which succeeds in attracting an average of 26,000 runners annually. Despite flight restrictions from volcanic ash, this year was no exception. 

Pictured are front row. (L-)R Rory Farnan, Dr John V Coyle, Deirdre Coyle, Corriena Brien, middle row (L-P) Tom McEnery, Abhilash Sahadevan, Sami Termanini, Christian Shetelig, Tom Flahive and back row (L-R) Jack Woods, Simon Clifford, Rory Connolly

Participation of RCSI in this event is made possible by Dr John V Coyle (Class of ‘62) a serving member of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).  This year, the all male team  included Rory Farnan (GEP ), Sami Termanini (GEP), Tom McEnery (GEP), Tom Flahive (Pharmacy), Rory Connolly (Medicine), Jack Woods (GEP), Simon Clifford (Medicine) , Christian Shetelig (GEP) and Abhilash Sahadevan (Class 2009).  The RCSI team were far more fortunate than the Dublin Marathon team – over 50 of the group’s runners didn’t make it to Boston due to flight cancellations.

First to cross the finish line for RCSI was Simon Clifford (Medicine), with an impressive time of 3’15’.  For his efforts, Simon was presented with the John V Coyle perpetual trophy.

Pictured is RCSI Boston Marathon team

The team attended the Mayor’s Reception held in the Fairmont Copley Hotel.  Here they met up with a host of well known faces including Dr Ronan Tynan,  Boston Mayor Mr Thomas M.Menino and several  previous Boston Marathon winners including Mr Greg Meyer , the last US winner (’83).  There was great interest in the RCSI team with WBZ TV in Boston interviewing them as part of their marathon coverage.

Pictured is Tom Flahive crossing the finish line

Commenting on the tour, Corriena Brien, Student Services Manager said: ‘it was a rollercoaster trip from beginning to end.  Firstly, there was the uncertainty of getting to Boston with severe flight disruptions breaking out in the days up to departure. Little did we know we would face more pressing challenges in relation to getting home!  However the team were true ambassadors for the college in the lead up to, during and indeed after the marathon.”  Corriena praised the performance of the team, especially the Final Med students, who in the face of much uncertainty remained calm, collected and focused.  Corriena continued, ‘all the team posted impressive finish times which are a testament to their commitment and ability to maintain high academic and sporting standards’.

Pictured are Deirdre Ni Fhallun, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland with the team

Corriena also went on to thank the many people who provided invaluable help and support in the face of a delayed homecoming including Dr John V. & Deirdre Coyle, Dr Graham Mc Mahon, Ms Deirdre Fallon of the Irish Consulate and Capt Tom Cunningham and his Aer Lingus crew.  

Pictured is The RCSI   team with Dr Ronan Tynan

Pictured is RCSI team with renowned WBZTV anchor - Ms Lisa Huges