Thursday 19 April 2018

Mick is tops at the lakes

Raheny’s Mick Clohisey. Photo: Sportsfile
Raheny’s Mick Clohisey. Photo: Sportsfile

Raheny's Mick Clohisey and Laura Shaughnessy of DSD were the winners at The Lakes 10km on a hilly course around Blessington, Wicklow.

Clohisey, fully recovered from his efforts at the World Championships marathon, was out on his own in the men's race, finishing with over three minutes to spare in 30 minutes 50 seconds.

Shaughnessy, back racing after a summer break, was not only first woman but also fourth overall in a competitive time of 34 minutes 35 seconds.

At the Great North Run in Newcastle, Stephen Scullion who runs in Clonliffe colours, ran a personal best half marathon time of 65 minutes 52 seconds to finish 14th behind winner Mo Farah.

Newcastle and District's Eoghan Totten was also in PB running form, finishing 19th in 67:21. Andrew Annett of North Belfast Harriers finished 28th in 69 minutes 21 seconds.

Patrick Monahan of Le Cheile AC, who competes in the Berlin Marathon at the end of the month, was fourth in the wheelchair race in 46 mins 16 secs. Further to the north, in the Scottish town of Sterling, Armagh AC's Fionnuala Ross won the Scottish10k Championships in a personal best of 33:59.

In New York, at the Fifth Avenue Mile, Ciara Mageean of UCD finished a distant fifth  in 4 mins 41 secs. Winner was Jenny Simpson in 4:16.

Busiest athlete of the weekend was Raheny's Freddy Sittuk who managed to compete in and win two races on Saturday and then toed the line against on Sunday morning for another win.

His first victory came on Saturday morning at the Tony O'Donoghue 10km in Moone, Kildare, which he won 32 mins 3 secs. Later in the day, he travelled to Dromiskin in Co Louth where he came out on top in the well-supported local 5km, beating Valdas Dololskas of Balbriggan and District.

After a night's rest, he found himself in Meath, where he won the Ratoath 5km - three wins in three counties in two days ! First woman at the Moone 10k was Kilmore's Fiona Kehoe. In Dromiskin, the evergreen Rose Lambe of Carrick Aces was the overall women's winner and first W50.

In Munster, Mark Hanarahan of Leevale won the John Buckley 10-Mile in Cork with a sub- 50 minute time of 49 mins 29 secs.

Big races this weekend are half marathons in Charleville and Belfast, both of them renowned for fast courses and competitive races up front.

Lizzie Lee of Leevale was first woman in Charleville last year, with defending champion Ismail Ssenyange overall winner in 65 mins 49 secs - his fastest  time ever for the course. In Belfast, Freddy Sittuk and Laura Graham were the winners.

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