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Thursday 22 August 2019

Jennings bags a podium finish

Caitríona Jennings
Caitríona Jennings

CaitrÍona Jennings of Letterkenny, who ran the marathon for Ireland at the 2012 Olympics, finished third woman at the 94th Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa on Sunday.

Running the 87 kilometres from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on the "uphill" route, Jennings went through 56km in second place behind Gerda Steyn, who held on to her lead to win the race in 5hrs 58mins 53secs. Finishing second in 6:17.40 was Alexandra Morozova with Jennings clocking 6:24.12 for third place.

At the Inter Celtic Trail Running Championships in Brittany, France, Ireland's women finished second behind Brittany

Elizabeth Wheeler led the Irish team home in sixth place with a time of 2hrs 42mins 36secs for the 26km course. Deirdre Galvin was just one place behind, while Niamh O'Gorman was 16th.

Wales dominated the men's race with Rob Samuel the winner in 2:00.25. Leading the Irish home was Killian Mooney 16th in 2:13.15, followed by Thomas Lupton 30th and Ruairi Long 55th

At the World Trail Running Championships in Miranda do Corva, Portugal, Brian Flynn finished 90th with a time of 4:16.48 for the 50km course. Scotland-based Nicola Duncan was 94th in 5:24.09.

Locally, both men and women's records fell at the Wicklow Way Solo race from Marlay Park to Clonegal. Overall, Robbie Britton's time of 12hours 11mins 7secs for the 127km course knocked almost 14 minutes off Eoin Keith's 2013 record.

In the women's race, Aoife Mundow finished in 16:06.30 to break the old record by over 43 minutes.

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