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Sunday 26 March 2017

Clohisey maintains his dominance in Athenry

Raheny’s Mick Clohisey. Pic: Sportsfile
Raheny’s Mick Clohisey. Pic: Sportsfile

Race favourite Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock lived up to his pre-race billing when he won the Fields of Athenry 10km for a fifth consecutive year on St Stephen's Day.

Clohisey was out on his own for much of the race and finished in an untroubled time of 30 minutes 35 seconds - well off the 30:03 secs he ran when winning last year.

In second place was Galway master Matt Bidwell in 32 minutes 48 seconds, while third was Brian Furey of Rathfarnham WSAF in 33:12.

Setting a new women's course record of 35:03 seconds on her way to victory was Laura Shaughnessy of DSD, who is a Galway native.

Shaughnessy finished ninth overall, with local athlete Jane Ann Meehan a distant second in 37 minutes 43 seconds. Well over a thousand finished the race.

Also on St Stephen's day, Donore's Eric Keogh was the runaway winer of the Burke Oil Streets of Wicklow 5km with his time of 15:11 putting him almost a minute clear of the chasers led by Brian O'Kelly of Crusaders.

In third place was Gareth Murran of Sportsworld. First woman was Andrea Lawlor of Kilcoole AC in 18:15.

Medbh O'Keane was second woman and first junior in 18 mins 29 secs. A total of 399 finished the race.

Ferbane's Declan of Ferbane led home 288 finishers at the Kibeggan St Stephen's Day 6km fun run in 19 mins 41 secs. Paul Mitchell of Tullamore Harriers was second in 19 mins 54 secs, with Pauline Curley of Tullamore 11th overall and first woman in 22 mins 6 secs.

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