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Friday 13 December 2019

McKieran is still winning at 50!

Catherina McKiernan
Catherina McKiernan

Irish women's marathon record holder Catherina McKiernan marked her 50th birthday on Saturday by taking a trip to Co Cork where she finishing first woman at the Clonakilty Waterfront 10km.

A smiling McKiernan finished comfortably in 38 mins 33 secs; overall race winner was Niall McCarthy in 35:57.

Winning the associated half marathon was Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu in 73:45, with Niall Shiel of St Killian's AC second and first M40 in 74:25. Angela McCann of Clonmel AC, winner of the Cork Marathon last June, was first woman.

Also taking place was a marathon with Freddy Sittuk in 2:47.23 and Ann Curley of Donore Harriers in 3:18.55 the winners.

At the annual Seeley Cup 10km in Belfast, defending champion Ben Branagh of St Malachy's led home over 800 finishers, while Ann-Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC was first woman.

Branagh's time of 30 mins 25 secs put him seven seconds clear of Christopher Madden from City of Lisburn AC. Third in 30:42 was Conall Kirk of Annadale Striders.

McGlynn finished in 33 mins 41 secs, with her Letterkenny AC clubmate Nakita Burke, the winner last year, second in a personal best 34:37 and Jessica Craig of North Down AC third.

McGlynn, who turns 40 early next year, was second woman at the Dublin Marathon in October and has clearly recovered well.

Yared Derese of Carrick Aces AC stretched his winning streak with victory in the Wild Goose Chase 10km in Reaghstown, clocking a time of 30 mins 15 secs for the tough and hilly course.

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