Thursday 19 October 2017

O'Shea shatters own Dunmanway record

On a busy weekend on the Cork road-racing front, Alan O'Shea was a runaway winner of the second annual Dunmanway 10k, finishing in 32:34 and knocking 38 seconds off his own course record.

The Bantry man finished over two minutes clear of Cillian O'Tuama from Leevale, who repeated his second place from last year.

It was O'Shea's second victory of the week, having won over four miles at Glanmire the previous Tuesday.

Cork native Helen Leonard, who runs with Rathfarnham-WSAF, had finished fourth last year but improved to take first prize in the women's race in 40:59.

Liz Barry from Bandon finished second in 41:33 as Margo Dinan of St Finbarr's took third place in 42:46.

On Saturday night, Ballyclough near Mallow was the venue for a 5k held in conjunction with the local festival. Peter Fennell of Togher -- who ran a fraction outside two minutes for 800m the week before -- was an easy winner in 16:39.

Local unattached runner Sarah Gayer was first female home in 21:14.

The previous night, Denis Dunne of the Eagle club recorded his maiden road race victory in the seventh annual Inniscarra 4-Mile Classic.

His time of 23:09, over the tough course, gave him 13 seconds to spare over Declan Murphy of St Finbarr's.

Geraldine O'Shea, also of St Finbarr's, made it two victories in the event, having won her first ever race at Inniscarra in November. Her time of 26:57 was almost a minute faster.

She finished well clear of clubmate Mary Sweeney, with Mary Histon-DeBarra third in 29:41.

Irish Independent

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