Derese hero in National Half
Yared Derese of Carrick Aces proved the class of the field in the National Half Marathon Championships on Sunday winning the men's title in 64 mins 58 secs - a superb time on a tricky course from Dublin's city centre into the Phoenix Park.
Second was national marathon champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock in 65:36 while third was Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC in 66:10. In a quality men's race, Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers finished fourth in 67:18 and David Mansfield of Clonmel AC fifth in 67.53.
More low key was the women's race, won by Katherine Wood of Sale Harriers in Manchester in 77:21, with Angela McCann of Clonmel AC taking the Irish title when she finished second woman and first W45 in 80:14.
Among the notable veteran men finishers was Tommy Hughes of Termoneeny AC, 18th overall and first M55 in 74:01.
Damien Landers not only won the Streets of Galway 8km in fine style on Saturday evening, he helped his club Ennis Track to its first team victory in the race.
Landers crossed the line in 24 mins 7 secs, beating Seán Hehir, a fellow Clare man, by six seconds. Kenny Rodgers of St John's AC was third in 24.17, with prolific racer Alan O'Shea of Bantry AC fourth in 24:46.
Finishing 16th overall and first woman in 26:41 was Anne Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC.
Siobhan O'Doherty of Borrisokane AC, wearing No 1 as a previous winner of the race, was second in 28:10, with Regina Casey of host club Galway City Harriers third in 28.50. A total of 2,533 completed the race.