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Sunday 11 December 2016

Clohisey raises the bar to put Raheny on the road to victory

Cathal Dennehy

Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30

Mick Clohisey powered hosts Raheny to victory in the men’s race at the GloHealth National Road Relays yesterday. Photo: Tomás Greally / Sportsfile
Mick Clohisey powered hosts Raheny to victory in the men’s race at the GloHealth National Road Relays yesterday. Photo: Tomás Greally / Sportsfile

A record-breaking leg by Mick Clohisey helped hosts Raheny to victory in the men's race at the GloHealth National Road Relays yesterday, with Leevale once again dominating the women's race.

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Clohisey clocked 14:04 on the pivotal three-mile leg - a time equalled by Donore's John Travers further down the field - and it was a run which extended the advantage built up by his Raheny teammates Mark Kirwan and Kieran Kelly.

On the anchor leg, Daire Bermingham brought Raheny home to their first title in five years in 37:26, 18 seconds clear of Ennis Track, who edged Kilkenny City Harriers for second.

Leevale trio Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn proved a class apart in the women's race, the Cork club retaining their title in 20:50, 31 seconds clear of Crusaders.

Wicklow club Sli Cualann took third.

Raheny took both titles in the over-50s races, while Donore took gold in the M35 race and Sli Cualann the W35 event.

At the Universities Championships in Santry, Marcus Lawler smashed the intervarsity record in the men's 200m, running 20.98. The Carlow IT student also took victory in the 100m, running 10.58 seconds, a feat aided by a tailwind of 3.70 m/s.

Joan Healy of UCC took a narrow victory over younger sister Phil in the women's 100m, 11.64 to 11.66.

Phil went on to take the 200m title, then closed the competition with a memorable anchor leg in the 4x400m, overcoming a massive deficit to hand UCC victory over UL.

UL'S Michelle Finn set a record in the women's 3,000m steeplechase of 9:54.88, as did John Kelly of Letterkenny IT, who threw 16.16m in the shot put.

DCU took victory in both men's and women's team events, their tallies of 178 points in the men's and 156.5 in the women's more than double that of their closest challengers.

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