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Saturday 19 April 2014

MacMahon PB sets pace in 'Run for Home'

The Waterford Half-Marathon gets under way

More than 1,300 runners took to the roads around Waterford on Sunday for the annual half-marathon, which was this year titled 'The Run for Home'.

The race was organised by Waterford Athletic Club.

The good conditions and a top-quality field saw some fine times recorded all round. Brian MacMahon of Clonliffe Harriers had one of his best victories to date, winning a close race from Alan O'Shea (Bantry AC) with a mere seven seconds separating them at the finish.

O'Shea set his usual fast pace and was clear up until eight miles when he was caught by the Clonliffe man.

They then ran together until 12 miles before McMahon got away to cross the line in 66.37, a personal best for the distance.

Prolific racer Gary O'Hanlon, also of Clonliffe Harriers, took third in 67.40 ahead of Tom Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC (67.49), with another Cork runner who competes with a Dublin club – Cillian O'Leary of Raheny Shamrock AC – fifth in 67.58 and James McCarthy of East Cork AC, in his half-marathon debut, taking sixth in 69.16.

The women's race was also a closely fought affair with victory going to Elish Kelly of Raheny in 78.03 ahead of Pauline Curley (Tullamore), 78.17.

Jill Hodgins from Cork took third place in 79.05 with Angela McCann (Clonmel AC) having another consistent performance when finishing fourth in 81.41.

The designated charity for the event was the South East Simon Community and a number of the Simon Community volunteers helped to steward the course.

The event, which this year moved to the new venue of WIT Sports Campus, started and finished on the WIT campus and followed a new race route, taking in both urban and rural areas of Waterford.

More details of this popular event are available at www.waterfordac.com

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