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Monday 5 December 2016

Great haul for masters while Cullen shines

A triumphant Irish team returned from the European Masters Non-Stadia Championships in Grossetto Italy with a haul of four gold and three silver individual medals as well as two team bronzes.

Leading the medal haul were Craughwell's Gerry Ryan and Mick Traynor of Raheny Shamrocks, both in the over 50 age group.

Ryan won the 10km, with Traynor second, while in the M60 age group, Paul Elliott of North Belfast Harriers finished second. Completing the M50 team, which finished third in the 10km, were Mick Fennell of Civil Service 37th and Dunboyne's Mick Cornyn 41st.

Traynor also won the M50 half marathon, while Pat O'Shea of Iveragh was first and Michael Bowler second over 65, with the Irish team fourth.

Others in action were John McMullen, sixth M60 10km walk, Stuart Kennedy 21st M45 10km, and Clonliffe's Pat Bonass 14th M70 10km.

Locally, Mark Christie of Mullingar and Sligo's Mary Cullen were the winners of the Terenure 5-Mile. Christie just held off DSD's Brendan O'Neill for victory in 23 mins 52 secs. O'Neill was one second adrift, with Freddy Keron Sittuk of Raheny third in 25:08.

Cullen, in her first big race for some time, was eleventh overall in 26 mins 28 secs.  Sarah Mulligan finished second in 27:52, with her DSD clubmate Fiona Clinton third in 28.56. At the 124th annual Clonliffe 2-Mile Tallaght's Thomas Fitzpatrick broke the course record when winning in nine minutes five seconds.

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