A hectic week for Lizzie Lee saw the Leevale athlete make it three wins in as many years in the Cork Women's Mini-Marathon which took place in blustery conditions around the city's marina circuit.
Attracting around 10,000 runners who raised in the region of €2m for various charities, Lee was the dominant force as she led all the way in recording 21.47 for the four-mile course – the fastest of her three victories.
She had finished seventh the previous Wednesday at the World Aquathon (swim/run) Championships in London's Hyde Park, and she now looks forward to the Berlin Marathon on Sunday week when she hopes to improve on the 2:46.33 achieved in Rotterdam in April last year.
Going through two miles in 10.40, she then faced a tough uphill mile at Blackrock into the wind, but continued to pile on the pressure.
At the three-mile mark, reached in 16.30, Lee's advantage was more than 100m, and she increased this further to finish 47 seconds clear of Drumm.
"It was very windy out there, the conditions were tougher than last year, but I'm in better shape this time," said Lee. "The aquathon last Wednesday didn't take a lot out of me as there is only so hard you can go after the swim as your heart rate is up.
"We had a 1k swim followed by a 5k run. "I felt grand on Thursday and Friday so Donie (coach Donie Walsh) said we would do this.
"Now I've one more long run tomorrow and then it's just a taper to Berlin which is two weeks today."
Sinéad O'Connor – one of seven Leevale athletes in the top 10 – was third in 23.20, with Ann Marie Holland of St Finbarr's, who was second in the Cork Half-Marathon a week ago and recent winner of the Achill Marathon, fourth in 23.51.
MASNER SETS RECORD
We apologise that the result of the women's ultra-marathon did not appear in last week's report on the Kerryman Dingle Marathon promotion.
Amy Masner set a new course record of 7:10.47 – 25 minutes faster than last year.
Col Conway finished second in Dingle in 7:25.32. Caroline Kelly, who was third in 7:42.45, knocked 55 minutes off her personal best.
We also want to correct the result of the women's marathon in Dingle. Fionnuala Desmond finished third in 3:22.17.