Saturday 7 December 2019

O'Hanlon shows age no barrier

Gary O'Hanlon
Gary O'Hanlon

Age proved no barrier for Gary O'Hanlon and Angela McCann, winners at Sunday's Cork City Marathon.

For O'Hanlon, 45 next August, it was a second successive win. Although in blustery conditions, his time of 2hrs 21 mins 43 secs was slightly off his own course record of 2:21.10 set last year.

Even more remarkably, O'Hanlon was running just over a month after clocking a time of 2:17.32, which saw him finish 31st in London.

He finished four minutes ahead of Tim O'Donoghue from East Cork, with Sergiu Ciobanu, like O'Hanlon, a member of Clonliffe Harriers, fading to finish third.

Last year, O'Hanlon ran five marathons - London, Cork, Longford, Berlin and Dublin - recording a personal best time in Dublin of 2:17.11. He claims to be cutting back this year with Berlin next on the agenda - but who knows? There are a lot of marathons around these days.

Angela McCann from Clonmel AC was taking a third win in the race having won it in both 2011 and 2012. Now 48, she's clearly back in top form after a couple of wilderness years, and finished in a time of 3:02.53.

Leevale's Nollaig O'Neill finished five minutes behind for second with Megan Armitage a close third. Winning the half marathon in 69 mins 4 secs was Togher's Gavin Sweeney. Cillian O'Leary from Raheny Shamrock, a Cork native, finished second and regular Irish visitor Freddy Sittuk third.

Completing his 450th marathon was 70-year-old wheelchair master Jerry Forde of Blarney Inniscarra AC. The wheelchair winner was Dublin-based Paralympian John McCarthy.

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