Friday 19 January 2018

Champion Britton leads Great Irish entry

Big race of the weekend is Saturday's Glo Health National 10km Championships which takes place in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Fionnuala Britton leads the local entry and is the defending national champion.

Also entered in the women's race is Newcastle's Kerry Flaherty, an athlete in the form of her life, while pencilled in is Mary Cullen, who has yet to make her racing debut this season.

As for the men, Mark Hanarahan not only won the men's race but led Leevale to team victory over Rathfarnham WSAF and East Cork last year.

Second behind Hanrahan was Raheny's Mick Clohisey who will be one notable absentee on Saturday since he is running his debut marathon in Rotterdam. Also running in Rotterdam is Rathfarnham's Sean Hehir along with Gary Thornton of Galway City Harriers.

Leading the women's international entry for the Great Ireland Run is Valeria Straneo of Italy, who finished second in the marathon at the European Championships in Zurich last August where Britton finished tenth.

Straneo has a 10km best of 32 mins 7 secs. Also signed up for the women's race is former British 1500m champion Katrina Wooton, who has a road 10km best of 32 mins 23 secs,. she will be joined by he Spaniard Alessandra Aquilar and the Pole Dominika Nowakowska.

In the men's race, Kenya's Japhet Korir returns to defend the title he won last year in 29 mins 12 secs. Also entered is fellow Kenyan Leonard Komen, who has broken 27 minutes for 10km on the road.

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