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Sosnowski powers to Longford hat-trick

Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00

Last weekend was particularly busy, with events taking place in Tinryland, Longford, Mayo, Sligo and Dublin.

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Polish national and Eagle AC runner Wieslaw Sosnowski won the feature event in the Pat the Baker Longford Marathon promotion, landing the main event for the third time in 2:34.41.

Robert Latola was second in 2:38.41 and Peter Mooney took third in 2:40.52.

Former Olympian Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers made a remarkable recovery from knee surgery to win the women's race in 2:47.39, from Donegal's Helena Crossan (2:55.14) and Yolanda Smith (3:14.21).

Ravis Zakis of West Waterford AC was a clear winner of the half-marathon in 1:10.55 ahead of Mike Yelverton (1:15.05) and Richard Gorman (1:15.12).

Linda Byrne of DSD made a winning comeback after illness to take the women's event in 1:13.48 ahead of England's Jenny Jagger (1:22.25) and Liz Hussey (1:23.31).

This was an impressive performance by Byrne, who has her sights set on the National Lottery Dublin Marathon in October.

The Pat the Baker Longford Running Festival was again a great success, with close to 1,000 taking part in a range of events.

Race director Liam Fenelon finished this 10th anniversary Longford Marathon in 5 hours 48 minutes -- a proud achievement for the 69-year-old who has completed 228 marathons.

Irish Independent

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