O'Hanlon shows age no barrier
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.