Athletics: Twomey and Lee secure spoils in Bandon's Coughlan Memorial
There was a good double for Leevale (and distance coach Donie Walsh) at the annual Donough Coughlan Memorial five-mile at Bandon on Monday as Tim Twomey and Lizzie Lee took the men's and women's honours respectively.
Twomey, a former soccer player who only took up athletics seriously in the past 12 months, led all the way to finish 26:26.
This gave the 32-year-old a winning margin of 25 seconds over Ian O'Leary (Donore).
Danny Smith (Ballynonty) finished third in 26:54, with Kevin Wilmot of the promoting Bandon club fourth in 27:15.
Lee, who like Twomey is coached by former Olympian Walsh, was ninth overall of the record 277 finishers.
Her time of 27:53 was also a personal best for the distance. Carmel Crowley (Bandon) repeated her second-place finish of last year, her time of 29:25 just two seconds ahead of Jill Hodgins, winner at Belgooly on St Stephen's Day.
Another remarkable performance by a Leevale athlete came from 73-year-old John O'Leary who easily won his category in a time of 37:27, one minute and 17 seconds faster than he ran in the same race last year.
- The 21st annual 'John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile' road race takes place on Sunday, January 29. Entries will close on January 26 or at 1,500 entries. Further details at www.dungarvan10mile.org