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Saturday 12 July 2014

Maunsell Delivers Impressive Victory in cross-country

Kevin Maunsell from Clonmel came home an impressive winner in Saturday's South Dublin County Council four-mile cross-country race held in Tymon Park -- finishing in 21.49.

Maunsell Delivers Impressive Victory in cross-country

Kevin Maunsell from Clonmel came home an impressive winner in Saturday's South Dublin County Council four-mile cross-country race held in Tymon Park -- finishing in 21.49.

Irish international runner Tomas Cotter finished second in 22.20 and Neil Callaghan was third in 22.29. Caroline Crowley was a clear winner of the women's race over two miles in 12.01. Emilia Dan placed second in 12.31 and Tracey Williams was third in 12.51.

The next event on the BHAA calendar will be the Eircom cross-country promotion at Cherryfield Park, Firhouse, on Saturday, January 18. Visit www.bhaa.ie for details.

MCCARTHY'S UPHILL CHALLENGE PAYS OFF WITH COURSE BEST

David McCarthy got the new year off to a good start with his second course record in 10 days, this time in Bandon where his 23.41 for the five-mile Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup knocked 55 seconds off Alan O'Shea's previous best, writes John Walshe.

"The course was tougher than I thought, in the second mile you had the wind against you and then the third mile is all uphill, but I'm delighted to have got two course records and two PBs over the Christmas period," said the 25-year-old who will now concentrate on the indoors over the coming weeks.

Claire McSweeney won the women's race in 29.13 -- her first race back from injury since finishing second in the 1,500m at the national track championships in July.

It is a big year for Bandon AC, which celebrates its half-century on January 30.

KEANE TRIUMPHS IN HARD-FOUGHT TUSSLE FOR BELGOOLY TITLE IN HIS FIRST ROAD RACE IN CORK SINCE WINNING 12 MONTHS BEFORE, BRYAN KEANE TOOK THE HONOURS AT THE TRADITIONAL ST STEPHEN'S DAY FOUR-MILER AT BELGOOLY WHICH ATTRACTED OVER 700 RUNNERS.

The Leevale athlete had to run 23 seconds faster than last year after a hard-fought tussle with James McCarthy of East Cork.

Despite McCarthy's best efforts, the full-time triathlete maintained his advantage to cross the line in 19.36, giving him around 50 metres to spare. McCarthy's time of 19.44 was also faster than the year before and Sean McGrath made it a good day for East Cork, who had five in the top 10, when taking third in 20.03.

Jill Hodgins, the winner in 2011, returned to easily win the women's race in 23.03. Niamh Walsh was second in 24.21, just a second ahead of Ann Marie Holland from St Finbarr's.

Now known as the Dick Copithorne Memorial, half of the Belgooly entry fee of €10 went to charity, raising around €3,600 for the Bowel Cancer Treatment Fund at CUH.

JOHN WALSHE

WATERFORD STAR CANTERS TO A RECORD AT NEWMARKET 5K

The Sunday before Christmas saw both course records bettered at the third Newmarket 5k promoted by Duhallow AC in the north Cork town, writes John Walshe.

Leading a top class field, West Waterford's David McCarthy clipped a second off of his own record when winning in 14.15. Mark Hanrahan finished second in 14.27.

Laura Crowe -- who knocked six seconds from Orla Drumm's previous mark -- recorded 16.56. Maria McCarthy was second in 17.30.

O'DOHERTY BREAKS 22 MINUTE BARRIER FOR THE FIRST TIME

One of the oldest road races in the country, the 52nd Fr Dan Browne Memorial Cup 5k at Farranfore, took place on St Stephen's Day.

It was a Murphy one-two up front as Ed (Gneeveguilla AC) and Cian (Iveragh AC) came home in respective times of 16.03 and 16.07. Maria McCarthy won the women's race in 17.41 from Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill (Donore, 18.25).

Over 400 turned for another long-standing St Stephen's Day race, the Clonmel four-mile event. Eoin Everard from Kilkenny City Harriers got away from Sean Tobin to cross the line in 18.59. Tobin was second in 19.03.

Siobhan O'Doherty became the first woman to break 22 minutes, her new course record of 21.50 was 21 seconds clear of Angela McCann.

JOHN WALSHE

Irish Independent

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