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Sunday 26 January 2020

Records for Tonosa and Finn

Michelle Finn
Michelle Finn

On the roads, Hiko Tonosa of Dundrum South Dublin AC returned to Co Cork on Sunday for the annual Newmarket Christmas Classic 5km where for a second year he was first home, this time in a brilliant new course record of 14 mins 11 secs.

Second was Rory O'Connor of North Cork AC in 14:32, with Niall Shanahan of An Bru AC just a second behind for third.

A clear winner of the women's race for a fourth consecutive year was Michelle Finn of Leevale AC, who finished 15th overall. Her time of 15:49 knocked 44 seconds off her own course record. Finn's Leevale team-mate Niamh Moore was second in 17:46, with Martina Kiely of St Finbarr's AC third.

Gary Campbell of Dunleer AC was the emphatic winner of the Drogheda and District Christmas 5km.

His time of 15 mins 28 secs put him well clear of the chasers, led by junior athlete Cormac Canning of host club Drogheda and District AC. Third was Thomas Carson of Willowfield Harriers, while fourth and first woman was Ciara Hickey of Brothers Pearse AC in 17 mins 32 secs. Catherina McKiernan of Annalee AC was second woman and first W50 in seventh place overall, and Catherine O'Connor of East Down AC third.

Host club Drogheda and District was first in both team categories. Runners-up were the Balbriggan men and Celbridge AC women.

Pauric Ennis of Tullamore Harriers in 33 mins 10 secs and Edel Gaffney from Virginia in 39 mins 31 secs were the winners of the Aware 10km in the Phoenix Park. Eoghan Murphy of Clonliffe Harriers in 16:35 and Sadhbh Byrne in 30.28 were first home in the 5km.

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