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Thursday 21 March 2019

Seventh win for Clohisey

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohisey won the annual Fields of Athenry 10km for a seventh consecutive year on St Stephen’s Day. Pic: Sportsfile
SEVENTH HEAVEN: Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohisey won the annual Fields of Athenry 10km for a seventh consecutive year on St Stephen’s Day. Pic: Sportsfile

Irish marathon champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock made his now annual trip west of the Shannon on St Stephen's Day where he won the annual Fields of Athenry 10km for a seventh consecutive year.

Clohisey's time of 29 minutes 46 seconds was a new course record and saw him finish well over a minute ahead of Hugh Armstrong, who came home in 31:07. Brian O'Kelly of Crusaders AC was third in 31:55.

In eighth place overall and first woman was Laura Shaughnessy of Dundrum South Dublin AC whose time of 34 minutes 55 seconds was also a course record.

Jane Anne Meehan of Galway City Harriers was second woman in 37:12 and Collette Tuohy of Mayo Ac third and first W45. The race attracted a record entry of close to 1,200, making it the biggest in the country on St Stephen's Day.

On a busy day on the roads of Ireland, a competitive field turned out for the Streets of Wicklow 5km where Hiko Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC continued his comeback after injury with a comfortable victory over Tallaght's Tomás Fitzpatrick.

Tonosa finished in 14 minutes 53 seconds with Fitzpatrick 20 seconds behind in 15:03. Finishing third was Emmett Dunleavy in 15.07; Rathfarnham WSAF's Seán Hehir was fourth in 15:27.

Best of the junior men was Joseph O'Shea who was 13th overall in 16:41, while an impressive 12th overall and first M55 was Mick Byrne of Parnell AC.

First woman was Irish junior athlete Emma O'Brien of Inbhear Dee AC in 16 mins 56 secs. DSD's Linda Byrne was second in 17:03 and Kilcoole's Una Britton third in 17:28.

In Kilbeggan, Tim Murphy of Mullingar Harriers was the winner of a well-supported St Stephen's Day 6km.

Finishing fourth and first woman was Anne Marie Larkin of Letterkenny AC in a course record time of 19 mins 59 secs. Larkin is originally from the midlands.

Second woman and 14th overall was the ageless Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers, back racing strongly after a long lay-off. Brian Maher led home a trio of athletes from Kilkenny City Harriers at the annual MSD Clonmel 4-Mile, winning the race in 19 minutes 1 seconds. Behind him came club-mates Toss Hayes and Eoin Everard.

First woman was Siobhan O'Doherty of Borrisokane AC, with Sorcha Moloney of Ballyroon Abbeyleix and District AC second and Sally Forristal of St Joseph's AC third.

Biggest race in the north of the country was the 33rd annual Greencastle 5-mile where British and Irish Masters champion Mark McKinstry of North Belfast Harriers ended the best year of his career to date with a runaway win in 24 minutes 42 seconds.

Finsihing second in 25:07 was Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers while third was Paddy Robb of St Malachy's.

In 13th place and first woman was track specialist Emma Mitchell, now running with Team Nike, in 28:29. Marathon woman Breege Connolly of City of Derry Spartans was second and Caitriona Jennings of Letterkenny AC third. Almost 900 completed the race.

Finally, at the Cavan 5km, Niall Smith and Denise Toner were the winners.

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