Gary O'Hanlon's insatiable appetite for racing was again in evidence on Sunday when the Clonliffe Harriers runner coasted to yet another victory in the Athlone 3/4 Marathon; an event that attracted more than 700 entries.
O'Hanlon (39) finished a clear winner in 1:47.42 – a good tune-up for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. O'Hanlon was a very promising junior in the early days of his athletics career, before being hit by a car while out training – a horrific accident that had a profound effect on his life for several years.
Now O'Hanlon is making up for lost time and has discovered a fresh passion for running. The personable runner is also making a name for himself as a coach and motivator.
Bernard Roe of Raheny Shamrock AC followed O'Hanlon home in second position in 1:52.25 and Paul Duffy of Sportsworld was third in 1:53.04. Julio Cesar Castro of Kilmurry/Ibrickane/North Clare AC was fourth in 1:56.10 and Phil Kilgannon of Sportsworld was fifth in 1:57.00, followed by his teammate, Gavin Finlay, who placed sixth in 1:57.20.
Martina McEntee was first woman home in 2:30.02, closely followed by Kim Hickey who placed second in 2:30.29. Alma Hanevy was third in 2:31.06 and Patricia Fitzmaurice was fourth in 2:32.22. Carmel Drumm placed fifth in 2:33.21 and Ailbhe O'Driscoll-Collins sixth.
O'DONNELL LEADS HUMAN RACE
Ruairi O'Donnell led the field home in the Human Race 30k event at the University of Limerick last weekend, finishing in 1:48.01.
Simon Mangan was second in 1:53.59 and Mark Guerin placed third in 1:58.12. Aideen Shinners won the women's event in 2:17.40 and Deirdre Grady was second in 2:18:25, with Edel Henriques third in 2:20.10.
Dermot Power won the half-marathon in 1:20.19, with Henry Kaye second in 1:21.46 and Mark Power placing third in 1:25.59. Maura Griffin won the women's event in 1:34.30. Sarah Lee was second in 1:35.24 and Yvonne Deegan was third in 1:36.34.
The 10k had an entry of more than 1,000, and was won by Sean Quirke in 36.06. Joe Coffey was second in 36.38 and Orla Drumm placed third in 37.43 to also win the women's event. Ann MacPhail placed second in the women's event in 39.58 and Laura Collins was third in 41.59.