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Friday 9 December 2016

Athletics: Britton seventh in elite Manchester field

Fionnuala Britton
Fionnuala Britton

FIONNUALA BRITTON of Kilcoole clocked a time of 32 minutes 56 seconds to finish seventh of the elite women at the Great Manchester 10km.

In blustery conditions, she still managed to shave a few seconds off the 33 mins 7 secs she had run at the Great Ireland 10km in the Phoenix Park a few weeks earlier.

Behind her Letterkenny's Ann Marie McGlynn was 16th in 34 mins 52 secs. Kenyan athlete Betsy Saine was the winner in 31 mins 49 secs, with England's Gemma Steel, the winner in Dublin, a close second in 31 mins 55 secs.

In the men's elite race, Mark Christie of Mullingar finished tenth in 29 mins 20 secs. Finishing 15th in a personal best 29 mins 54 secs was Kevin Seaward of St Malachy's. Winner was Stephen Sambu in 27 mins 30 secs. Just five days after winning the Limerick Marathon, Raheny's Freddy Keron Sittuk was pushed hard at the Navan 6km, just outlasting Brian McCluskey of North East Runners for victory in 19 mins 3 secs. 

A close third was Mick Traynor of Raheny, using the race as part of his preparations for the European Masters Roads Championships in Grossetto, Italy this weekend. First woman was Caitirona O'Brien of Bohermeen, while Mary Watters of organising club, Navan, was first W50.

After his run at the Zurich Marathon last month, Mullingar's Martin Fagan was back in action on the roads winning the opening round of the Mullingar Pat Finnerty League in 14 mins 47 secs. Charlotte Kearney of Donadea was first woman.

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