Wednesday 26 October 2016

Irish stars Maria McCambridge, Fionnuala Britton McCormack and Lizzie Lee are all on track

Maria McCambridge
Maria McCambridge

Maria McCambridge wound up her preparations for the Frankfurt Marathon at the end of the month by running 73 mins 23 secs for sixth place at the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow.

That time - marginally faster than her 73mins 28secs from Charleville a few weeks ago - puts her second on the current Irish rankings behind Fionnuala Britton McCormack, who ran 71mins 33secs in Lille last month. Lizzie Lee's time of 73mins 28secs from the National Half Marathon puts her third.

These three are almost three minutes clear of the chasers and clear favourties to take the three women's marathon places for Rio '16.

Apart from Eliud Too's sensational record of 1 hrs 40 mins 13 secs at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon, Pauline Curley ran 2:05.43 to finish first woman.

Mary Cullen made a re-appearance on the roads when she finished first woman at the Grange 10km in a fast time of 33 mins 48 secs.

West Waterford's David McCarthy made a welcome return to racing when he won the Galway Bay 10km in 31 mins 15 secs.

Raheny's Conor Dooney was a close second, with Siobhan O'Doherty first woman in 35 mins 10 secs.

The half marathon verison was won by 34-year-old Moldovan visitor Prodius Roman in 66 mins 04 secs, second was Donore's John Travers in 66 mins 31 secs.

Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham won the marathon in 2:27.35, beating Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon, who is back racing after a long break.

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