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Friday 15 November 2019

10-mile win for Tonosa

Hiko Haso Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC won the John Buckley Sports 10-mile race in Cork
Hiko Haso Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC won the John Buckley Sports 10-mile race in Cork

Hiko Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC made the trip to Cork on Saturday where he won the John Buckley Sports 10-Mile with a time of 49 min 57 secs.

Finishing a close second was Jonathan Escalante-Phillips of Cambridge and Coleridge AC in 50:09, with Tim O'Donoghue of East Cork AC third in 50:41. First woman was Jill Hodgins of Leevale AC in 59:26. National Half Marathon champion Angela McCann of Clonmel AC was second in 59:38.

Escalante-Phillips was a busy athlete, running four races in as many days. On Thursday evening, he won the Portmarnock 5-mile in 25 mins 4 secs. Next up was the Tara 5km on Friday evening where again he was the winner.

On Sunday, after his trip to Cork, he was back in Leinster and proved the class of the field when winning the Boyne 5km in Drogheda in a time of 15.18. A distant second in 16.37 was Ruarcán Ó Gibne of Ace AC in 16.37, while first woman was Amy Bulman of Willowfield Harriers in 19:25.

In Portmarnock, Colm Rooney of Clonliffe Harriers was four seconds behind Escalante-Phillips for second place, while Raheny's Kate Purcell was first woman, while in Tara, Laura McDonnell of Tallaght AC was first woman.

In Derry, Gideon Kimosop of 1ZERO1 Athletes was the winner of the Waterside Half Marathon on Sunday.Kimosop, a regular visitor to Ireland for the past four years, raced away to victory in 66 mins 43 secs.

For second place, Kyle Doherty of City of Derry Spartans just outpaced his club mate Declan Reed.

First woman in 16th place overall was Ann Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC in 76:58 - faster that her winning time of 77:21 from 2014. Sinead Lambe of Donore Harriers was second.

In Belfast, also on Sunday, John Black of North Belfast Harriers and Emma Mitchell, Clonliffe Harriers newest recruit, were the winners of the Laganside 10km.

On a particularly busy weekend, Freddy Sittuk and Aisling O'Connor were the winners of Saturday's Tullamore Half Marathon.

Sittuk, currently resident in the Wexford area, was a clear winner of the race in 68 mins 31 secs. Local athlete Liam Brady of Tullamore Harriers was second.O'Connor was first woman in 80:20, with her Edenderry AC clubmate Caroline Donnellan second aand Dunleer AC's Karen Costello third . Fourth and first W50 was Olympian Pauline Curley.

Big race of the coming weekend is the Lakes 10km in Blessington, which is the ninth and final round of the KIA race Series.

Tied on top of the women's rankings with eight points apiece are Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC and Sinead O'Connor of Leevale AC. The pair have swapped places throughout the series and it will now all come down to Saturday's race.

With five wins and a second place, Hiko Tonosa dominates the men's rankings, as he did last year.

Also taking place on Saturday is the annual Mick Murphy 4-mile in Ferns, Wexford, which has a solid reputation for excellence; as indeed does the Lucan Harriers 5-mile on Sunday morning

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