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Friday 17 August 2018

Thornton turns Power off at Grey Lake

Galway marathon man Gary Thornton won the Grey Lake 10k in Loughrea, a familiar race with a new name and a new look about it this year.

Thornton's time of 30.01 put him a minute clear of many times Irish cross-country champion Seamus Power from Kilmurray/Ibrickane, now a veteran, with Jason Fahey of Olympic third and Gerry Ryan of Craughwell fourth.

First of the women and running the best time of the weekend was Scottish international athlete Freya Murray who was eighth overall and first woman in 32.56. Eimear Power of Sportsworld was second in 37.50, with local star of the future Luara Shaughnessy third.

In all 424 finished the "big" race, with a further 400 or so taking part in a juvenile programme.

On a hectic weekend for road races all over the country, over 400 finished the second annual Lakes 10k in Blessington, with the last finisher home in under 90 minutes -- not bad going.

Brian Maher of Kilkenny proved the class of the field, repeating his win of last year with an improved time of 30.35.

A distant second was Gowran's Tommy Evans with Brian McGinley from Ennis outlasting Dwayne Farrell of Tinryland for third.

First woman in 37.42 was Raheny's Patrycja Wlodarcyzk, who went on to finish third at the Rathfarnham's 5k a day later. Second was Michelle Mikulan.

The race featured a great course and a party atmosphere, helped by the music of Sonna Samba and muffins and ice-cream for all.

At the Bangor 10k, a marshalling error robbed Annadale's Paddy Hamilton of victory. At 5k Hamilton had a 25-second lead over the record field of 850 runners. The chasing trio consisted of defending champion Joe McAllister, 2008 winner Paul Pollock and Willowfield's Brian Campbell.

Unfortunately, at the 7k mark the Annadale athlete ran off course, leaving Abbey's Pollock to forge ahead and repeat his win of two years ago in a time of 31.24. St Malachy's McAllister, who is in heavy Dublin marathon training, was seven seconds slower for second place.

North Belfast's Breege Connolly was first woman in 36.21.

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