Athletics: Alastair Cragg and Fionnuala Britton proved there's plenty of life still left in Irish distance running
Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00
Alastair Cragg and Fionnuala Britton proved there's plenty of life still left in Irish distance running with two impressive results yesterday, writes Cliona Foley.
Britton was the third non-African, and second European home, when finishing 16th at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain.
Cragg, meanwhile, set a new Irish record when sixth in the prestigious New York Half-Marathon in 60 minutes 49 seconds. The race was won by Britain's Mo Farah in 60:23.
Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot won the women's race in Spain, while the senior men's title went to Ethiopian Imana Merga.
DSD's Ava Hutchinson was 87th on her senior women's debut, while Ireland's only other competitor, Shane Quinn failed to finish the junior men's race.
Cragg's time was a personal best by more than a minute and also knocked eight seconds off Martin Fagan's two-year-old 60:57 national record.