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o'shea keeps winning streak alive as he cruises to 'south' victory

Published 04/08/2011 | 05:00

Alan O'Shea continued his winning ways at the Churchtown South '5' road race on Thursday last, his time of 25:08 ranking as the fastest on the course since 1998.

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The Bantry athlete might have gone under the 25-minute barrier but for easing down somewhat in the final mile, having at that stage established a big lead over Cillian O'Leary from Raheny Shamrock, who was having his first race since the National Cross Country.

Rhona Lynch had won this race three years in a row from 2007-09 but had to settle for third last year. However, the Eagle athlete returned to the winner's rostrum this year, her 30:19 an 11-second improvement on 2010.

A special presentation was made to John O'Leary, who reached the major milestone of 100 category victories in the Ballycotton Summer Series since he ran his first race back in 1978.

Now aged 72, the Leevale man finished in a time of 38:20, with almost 200 of the 484 finishers in his wake.

Paul O'Connell raced into an early lead in Monday's The Bay 10k in Dunlaoghaire -- an event promoted by Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown County Council -- and coasted to victory in 32:25.

Siobhan O'Doherty, a recent winner of the National Lottery Irish Runner 5-mile race in the Phoenix Park, raced to victory in the women's event in 36.16

Entries will be accepted on race day for Sunday's Kilomarathon -- a 26.2km road race in Moone, Co Kildare.

This is the second year of this popular event and there is also a 10k race included on the programme as well as some children's races. See www.kilomarathonireland.com

Irish Independent

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