Tuesday 21 February 2017

McCarthy's star showing

Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00

Lizzie Lee was in flying form on Tuesday night at the John Buckley Sports 5k around the flat Marina course in Cork.

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The Leevale athlete knocked 16 seconds off of Niamh O'Sullivan's four-year-old record when winning in 16:48.

Mark Hanrahan -- an employee of race promoter John Buckley -- made it three wins in four years, his 14:46 giving him a 23-second victory over 19-year-old Ryan Creech, who was having his first race in over four months following injury.

Held for the 27th time under the auspices of the Cork BHAA, the race attracted almost 700 runners.

Describing itself as 'Ireland's Original Road Racing Series', the Ballycotton Summer Series got under way on Thursday last in the village of Ballyandreen.

The total of 479 finishers made it the second biggest at this venue, with the slipping standards again evident as only 19 broke the half-hour mark compared to 84 and 85 in the early 1990s.

Roy Fahy (East Cork) won in 26:53, but the top performance was Claire McCarthy's 29:02, which placed her sixth overall to take the women's title.

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