Sunday 17 December 2017

Up and Running

O'Doherty hits form as she finishes five minutes clear

Garrett Lordan (left), pictured with Kevin Fitzgerald
Garrett Lordan (left), pictured with Kevin Fitzgerald

John Walshe

Siobhan O'Doherty followed on from her victory at Ballycotton the week before with another impressive win on home territory.

The Borrisokane athlete not only easily won her own club's 10k promotion but her time of 36.11 gave her third place overall out of the near-100 finishers.

Although outside her record of 35.25 from last year, O'Doherty finished almost five minutes ahead of Laura Collins from Limerick (40.55) with Maria Fitzgibbon (Thurles Crokes) third in 42.14.

With men's record holder Sergiu Ciobanu absent, the top spot went to Patrick Hughes of Thurles Crokes in 34.52, a little more than a minute ahead of his clubmate Liam Shanahan (35.47) with the third men's prize going to local Glen Austin, who finished nine seconds behind O'Doherty in 36.20.


The picturesque village of Ballydehob in west Cork – home to Seven Oceans endurance swimmer Steve Redmond and birthplace of wrestling legend Danno Mahony – staged its fourth annual 10k on a beautiful spring-like day.

The race marked a return to competition for Dunmanway native Margaret Murphy, who finished second two years ago but then took more than a year out following the birth of her baby.

Under her maiden name of Margaret Crowley, she was formerly a member of both the Bandon and Leevale clubs but is currently unattached. Over the scenic but undulating course, her 40.44 placed her eight overall and almost a minute and a half ahead of favourite Anna O'Neill from the Doheny club who finished in 41.52.

Garrett Lordan of Clonakilty Road Runners was a surprise winner of the men's race, his time of 37.51 giving him an advantage of more than a minute from unattached runner Stephen Lynch, with Enda Fitzmaurice from nearby Schull third in 39.19.

With a juvenile 3k race added this year to the 10k run and walk, it was a real family occasion enjoyed by all alongside the river in the shadow of the iconic 12 arch bridge.


Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers continued on his winning ways when taking the Abbey 10k Challenge in a new course record of 34.10. Stephen McKeigue of Ferbane was second in 35.52 with Craughwell man Damien Larkin third in 37.42.

M50 David Corcoran took fourth in 37.51 with Andrew Talbot of Clare River Harriers the first M60 in 41.07. The women's race went to Eimear O'Leary of Metro-St Brigid's in 39.56. Second was Caroline Burke in 45.11.


Niamh O'Sullivan (F50) and Siobhan Lennon (F45) showed their younger rivals the way home at the Munster Masters Road Championships which took place at Kilnaboy, Co Clare. O'Sullivan, from the Riocht club, covered the four miles in 24.38 with Lennon of Ennis Track Club finishing in 25.22. Jackie O'Connor, also Ennis TC, was first in the F35 category when taking third in 26.22.

The men's decider saw M35 James Liddane of Bridge Milers-Olympic Harriers home first in 21.18; Mike Cunningham of Mooreabbey Milers (M45) was second in 21.44; Tom Blackburn (M45) was third, at 21.58.

Irish Independent

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