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Monday 21 April 2014

Up and Running

ThistLewood and FInn light the way

The fifth annual Floodlight Cross-Country at Cork IT gave a number of athletes aiming for Sunday's Woodie's DIY All-Ireland Novice Championship a good run out, writes John Walshe.

Ben Thistlewood, the Canadian who took the Cork senior title last month, won a close men's 5k, with Carol Finn first in the women's 3k.

On the final circuit, Thistlewood, representing UCC, opened a gap to finish two seconds ahead of James Grufferty (Leevale), with Mark O'Sullivan (CIT) a further 20 seconds behind in third.

Michelle Kenny from Midleton has been having a brilliant season so far, with victories in the Cork and Munster novice races and the Cork Intermediate Championship.

However, over the shorter 3k distance, she had to give way to Finn's superior track speed, finishing 17 seconds behind the Leevale athlete.

WEST WATERFORD TROT AWAY TO CLEAN SWEEP

Numbers were well up on last year for the fifth annual Old Parish Turkey Trot in aid of the Youghal Cancer Support Group, which took place from the Marine Bar near Dungarvan, Co Waterford, writes John Walshe.

Philip Harty came home an easy winner in 26.43. The West Waterford athlete and his clubmate, Raivis Zakis, ran together for four miles before Harty moved away for a 25-second victory. Kevin Kenneally (28.11) made it a clean sweep for the club, finishing third.

There was victory for Karen Grant (Midleton) in the women's race, her 31.42 giving her almost a minute to spare over Corinna Walsh of West Waterford, with Evelyn Cashman in third.

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