Thursday 23 February 2017

Herlihy lets feet do the talking in Blarney

Published 15/09/2011 | 05:00

Michael Herlihy put aside his organisational duties for a short while to take the honours at Sunday's John Buckley Sports/Cork Half-Marathon at Blarney, an event promoted by St Finbarr's AC and held for the 22nd consecutive year.

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The former Cork City Marathon winner has been busy in recent weeks promoting the inaugural Charleville Half-Marathon, which his North Cork club is staging next Sunday.

After having the company of Colin Merritt in the early stages, the 30-year-old moved away on the downhill section after halfway to cross the line with over a minute and a half in hand, recording a time of 70:09.

Angela McCann from Clonmel -- who also won the Cork City Marathon in June -- made it two victories and one second place in three years, although the windy conditions on the return journey saw her time of 83:10 slightly slower than last year.

The Doonbeg Half-Marathon in Clare on Saturday -- the fourth race over this distance in Munster in the space of eight days -- saw the return to action of Seamus Power, who just edged out Michael Shannon by three seconds when winning in 70:05.

Shannon, from the Kilnaboy club, was back in the frame the following day as he won the Scariff 10km in 32:30, again a close finish saw Martin Doody (Limerick) just four seconds behind. Veronica Colleran (Ennis TC) was first of the women in 38:08.

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