Friday 28 October 2016

Athletics: Michelle McGee makes telling show

Michelle McGee
Michelle McGee

With the track and field season now well and truly over attention is turning to the roads and the SSE Dublin Marathon on Monday, October 26 looking to attract a record entry not just from Ireland but from all over the world.

Already club athletes are laying down a marker for the big day and showing impressive form at the Pat the Baker Longford Half Marathon was DSD's Michelle McGee, who burst on the scene two seasons ago.

McGee finished fourth overall and first woman in a time of 78 minutes 29 seconds. Overall winner was was Richard Gorman of Sligo AC in 70 minutes 21 seconds, with Don Travers from Newry five minutes behind for second.

In the full marathon, Raheny's Freddy Keron Sittuk proved the class of the field winning comfortably in 2 hrs 37 mins 45 seconds. Over eight minutes behind for second was West Waterford's Raivis Zakis.

Siobhan McHugh of Clonmel AC was first woman in  3 hrs 23 mins 55 secs. Caroline Kelly was second and former winner Mary Jennings of Waterford AC third.

Other notable finishers included the official race starter Tony "World Jog" Mangan, who jogged around the course and Raheny's Dave Brady, who has run about ten further marathons since becoming the first Irish person to run 500m marathons last month. Race founder Liam Fenelon finished in 5 hrs 25 mins, with Seán Lambe, another over-70 'supervet',  a minute behind him.

A very special finisher was Denis Keogh, originally from Limerick, who became the oldest person ever to complete  the Longford course. He finished the marathon in 7 hrs 17 mins and 37 secs - not bad for a 90-year-old!

At the Tullamore Half Marathon, Leevale's Chris Harrington led home 640 finishers in 71 mins 14 secs. Rathfarnham's Barry Minnock was only ten seconds behind for second. First woman was Lisa Murphy of St Michael's in 94 ins 10 secs.

Taking a break at the moment is Tullamore's own Pauline Curley who is having surgery on a troublesome knee.


Quality race of the weekend was the 36th annual Rockford Roof Tiles 4-Mile, held in Tinryland, just outside Carlow town.

Rathfarnham's Seán Hehir won the men's race in 19 mins 25 secs after a tough battle with Slieve Gullion's Paddy Hamilton.

Sarah Mulligan of DSD made it a Dublin double when she won the women's race in 22 mins 3 secs, beating Raheny's Maria O'Sullivan.

Biggest road race of the weekend was the Great Pink Run 10km and 5km, in Dublin's Phoenix Park where Kevin English and Sonia O'Sullivan were the winners and well over 3,000 fun runners turning out.

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