Saturday 16 December 2017

Christie bags National Half crown

ATHLETICS: Mark Christie of Mullingar lived up to his status as pre-race favourite by winning the Woodie's DIY National Half Marathon in Dublin's Phoenix Park with a time of 66 mins 9 secs.

He was followed home by Rathfarnham's Seán Hehir, Clonliffe veteran Gary O'Hanlon and Eoin Flynn, who flew in from his home in the Canary Islands to run for Rathfarnham.

Winning the women's title was Leevale's Lizzie Lee in 74.48, with Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers second with a personal best time of 75.09. Fiona Roche of Raheny Shamrock was third. With Claire McCarthy in fourth place, Leevale easily won the team title.

The race was run in conjunction with the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

Copeland on top in East of Ireland

AFTER four lung-busting loops of Howth Hill, the fourth round of the East of Ireland Marathon Series came down to a sprint with race organiser Ger Copeland catching Don Hannon in the last 300m.

First woman was Donna McLoughlin, with Marie Chapman of Slaney Olympic second. Finishing his 309th marathon was Raheny's Dave Brady.

The next East of Ireland Marathon is on September 21 in Donadea. Entry is €20, with 50 places on offer.

Freddy Keron Sittuk and Fiona Reid were the winners at the Michael Fearon/Kevin Marron 5km in Carlingford.

In Co Kilkenny, Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu, who runs the marathon for his native Moldova at the World Championships in Moscow in 10 days' time, comfortably won the Morris Oil Piltown 10km in 31.37.

Colvert claims Flanders Cup 100m

AT the Flanders Cup in Ghent, Belgium, Steven Colvert of Crusaders won the men's 100m in 10.56 and finished fourth in the 200m in 20.88.

Ferrybank's Kelly Proper won the long jump with 6.40 and was second in the women's 200m in 22.96, while Shauna Cannon of Bros Pearse ran 54.53 to finish fifth in the 'A' 400m. Donore's Eamonn Fahey was first in the long jump with 7.20 and third in the 100m in 10.81. KCH's Eoin Everard ran 3:43.53 in the 1500m.

AT the British Athletics League in England, Jason Harvey won the 400m hurdles in 50.64.

Harry Purcell of Trim set a new Celtic Games record in Colwyn Bay, Wales when he won the 800m in 1:52.71.

On a good day for the Irish, Andrew Coscoran from Star of the Sea AC ran 8:32.49 for another Celtic Games record in the M18 3000m, while Kelly McGrory, in the W18 400m hurdles, improved Orla Furney's best to 64.14.

Other winners for Ireland included Adam King, with 69.26 in the 5kg hammer; David Cussen with 2.10 in the M18 high jump, Stephen Rice, 60.78 in the javelin, and John Kelly with a mighty 18.42 in the 5kg shot.

PHOENIX Park is the venue for a series of three easy orienteering events starting next Tuesday evening from the Papal Cross. Runners are welcome to test their knowledge of the park, with 3km and 6km courses on offer. Entry fee is €5 for adults, €2 for children and you can start at any time between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Info 086-1023306 or see www.3roc.net.

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