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Sunday 17 December 2017

Declan Reed's masterful display but Donore take prize

Declan Reed, from City of Derry AC, who won the men's Master's 7000m at the GloHealth Intermediate, Master and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships, Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Declan Reed, from City of Derry AC, who won the men's Master's 7000m at the GloHealth Intermediate, Master and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships, Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Derry's Declan Reed successfully defended his men's title at the Glo Health Masters Cross-Country Championships held in Tuam, Co Galway.

Reed was chased hard by Letterkenny's Ciaran Doherty, who is back in top form this season. He finished in 23 mins 15 secs, with Doherty just four seconds behind for second. Dublin champion John Dunne of Donore, in third place, had the consolation of leading Donore to team victory.

In the battle for the over 50 title, Raheny's Mick Traynor beat Noel Berkely of DSD.

A surprise winner of the women's race was Letterkenny's Natasha Adams, with the ageless Pauline Curley of Tullamore the runner-up and Cathy McCourt of North Belfast Harriers third. Finn Valley won the team prize by just three points from Galway City Harriers. Defending champion Maria McCarthy opted for the longer inter women's 5km helping Kerry to county team victory.

Winner of the men's intermediate title was Liam Brady of Tullamore, who beat Darragh Rennicks of Bohermeen and Conor Duffy of Glaslough in the men's race. In fourth place, Ben Thistlewood, who had competed in the Intervarsity Indoors two days earlier, was leading Leevale to team victory.

Danielle Fagan of Armagh, winner of the national novice title last December, won the women's intermediate title, with Mary Ann O'Sullivan of Tinryland second and Corran's Sarah Doohan third. Liffey Valley took the team title on countback from Crusaders. 

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