Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe finished fifth with a time of 3:15.15 in the World Ultra 50km in Doha Qatar - just four days after completing the Dublin Marathon. "The pain I suffered I hope never to experience again as long as I live," said Gary. "From mile one it was like mile 20 in the Dublin Marathon."
A time of 2:59.39 clocked at the Twin Cities Marathon last month means that 59-year-old Christine Kennedy, originally from Galway, is the oldest woman ever to break three hours in the marathon. With her 60th birthday coming up, her aim is to become the first 60-year-old to break three hours for the marathon at next April's Boston Marathon.
Run to Remember
There's still time to enter Sunday's Remembrance Run 5km in Dublin's Phoenix Park (11.0). The race gives runners and walkers the chance to take time out and remember family and friends. Each finisher receives a special candle and a goody bag. In association with the website mycharity.ie, participants are encouraged to adopt a favourite charity for the day. Online entry at https://events.athleticsireland.ie costs €21.20.
All go out at Alsaa
Business Houses running resumes on Saturday with the Bank of Ireland Cross-Country at the Alsaa, Dublin Airport (11.30). Men and women start together with the women running two miles and the men double that.
Leevale lording it
Michelle Finn and Mark Hanrahan, both Leevale, won the Cork senior cross-country titles at Riverstick. Gary Thornton of GCH and Corraun's Sara Doohan won the Connacht Championships in Loughrea.