Up and Running
O'Hanlon's Tralee triumph perfect warm-up for Rotterdam
Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers ran his final mile in 4.52 seconds on his way to winning the second annual Kerry's Eye Tralee International Marathon, finishing in 2:26.52. Julio Cesar Castro was second in 2:38.33 and James Doran was third in 2:45.27.
Ann Marie Holland came home first in the women's race in 2:55.22; Colette Conway finished second in 3:22.06 with Nora Barry third in 3:27.18.
David Mansfield was a clear winner of the Half-Marathon, finishing in 1:13.36, almost a minute clear of Simon Mangan in second at 1:14.28. Robert Purcell finished third in 1:15.36.
Maria McCarthy won the women's event in 1:22.09; Deirdre Nagle was second in 1:27.20 and Caitriona Barry third in 1:28.11.
This was another impressive victory by O'Hanlon, who is training for next month's Rotterdam Marathon. The Clonliffe runner easily won the event despite going briefly off-course at about 11 miles.
"I missed a turn and I actually ended up running 26.88 miles according to my Garmin," he said. "I was happy to win the event because one of my ambitions this year is to win a number of marathons and beat my own record of last year, when I notched up victories in five events.
"I am also hoping for a big performance in Rotterdam and I would love to achieve the 2:17 marathon qualifying standard for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich. If I were to achieve that qualifying standard, I would cut back on my other marathon ambitions."
Conditions were cool and misty in Tralee for the second year of this promotion. "There was good support out on the course and I greatly enjoyed my experience all the way around it," O'Hanlon said.
Full results are available at: www.traleemarathon.com