Saturday 25 May 2019

O'Hanlon sets new Cork record

Gary O’Hanlon
Gary O’Hanlon

NATIONAL marathon champion Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers was the winner of the Cork City Marathon in a new course record time of 2:21.09.

O'Hanlon, aged 43, who was first M40 at the London Marathon last April, ran a solid race to finish four minutes clear of Mark Kirwan from Raheny Shamrock AC. Third was Eoin Callaghan of Star of the Sea AC in 2:26.01.

Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC, who had stuck with O'Hanlon until 16 miles, faded to finish sixth.

First woman was Zola Flynn from Sligo, in 2:58.54, who was running her first marathon.

Winners of the half marathon in Cork were Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers in 67:59 and Claire Gibbons McCarthy of Leevale AC in 76:51, both of whom will represent Ireland in the marathon at the European Championships in August. Second overall was Raheny's Cillian O'Leary in 69:19.

On the other side of the island, Dan Tanui was a comfortable winner of the Walled City Marathon in Derry in a course record time of 2:19.44.

A distant second was his Project Africa team-mate Eric Koech in 2:25.29; Koech won the Belfast Marathon last month. First woman was Heather Noone in 3:05.38.

Abroad, Mick Clohisey survived hot and sticky conditions to finish fifth in the Mattoni Ceské BudejoviceHalf Marathon in the Czech Republic in a time of 65 minutes 36 seconds on Saturday.

"It was 23 degrees and 80 per cent humidity so took its toll, but happy with placing. Good practice for Berlin in August," said Clohisey, another member of the Irish marathon team for the European Championships.

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