Thursday 30 March 2017

Athletics: Waugh hits top gear at Conna

The cross-country season got under way in Cork last Sunday, with the novice and masters championships taking place at Conna.



George Waugh from Bandon, in only his second ever race over the country, was an impressive men's winner over the fast four-lap course which made up the 6,000m distance.

Better known for his marathon exploits, Waugh took over the lead from Peter Hanrahan of Togher with one lap remaining and never looked back, crossing the line 10 seconds clear of his closest rival.

Martina Kiely, in her first cross-country race since her juvenile days with West Muskerry, won the women's race and also led her St Finbarr's club to an easy team victory.

It was a day to celebrate for Frank Hayes, who won his first county masters cross-country title -- and to make it all the more special he achieved the feat on his own land.

Despite the heavy workload of preparing the course over the previous days, the 42-year-old East Cork athlete finished fourth overall to add the crown to the National Masters 5,000m he won on the track last summer.

Carmel Crowley from Bandon finished second overall to Kiely to retain her the masters F40 title.

Entries are flying in for Saturday's Kavanagh Country 10k road race in Inniskeen, Monaghan, which takes place at 11.0. The race route takes in many of the local scenes made immortal by the poet Patrick Kavanagh and runners will also pass the old Kavanagh homestead in Mucker. Enquiries to www.kavanaghcountry10k.com

Irish Independent

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