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O'Hanlon and Curley show class in 3/4 race


Gary O'Hanlon. Pic: Sportsfile

Gary O'Hanlon. Pic: Sportsfile

Gary O'Hanlon. Pic: Sportsfile

Gary O'Hanlon and Pauline Curley proved the class of the field at the new-look Irish 3/4 Marathon which had moved from its original location near Athlone to a faster, flatter course at Longwood, Co Meath.

O'Hanlon, back in top form after a period of injury, finished almost 12 minutes clear of the field in 1hr 45 mins 54 secs. Second was Peter Mooney, while third was Paul Moran of Rathfarnham WSAF, who was also first M50.

Curley, the current Irish marathon champion, finished 15th overall in 2:06.33. That put her over 14 minutes ahead of Sandra Lynch. Club runners were out in force, using the race as a test for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, which takes place in just over a fortnight's time.

Current Irish men's marathon champion Sean Hehir of Rathfarnahm WSAF headed for Cavan where he was a convincing winner of the Run with Catherina 10k.

In a show-down with Brandon Hargreaves of DSD, Hehir came out on top winning in 31 mins 32 secs. Hargreaves was almost half a minute behind for second.

The race is named after the great Catherina McKiernan, and since it began three years ago, no other woman but Catherina has won it - until this year.

Appropriately, it was Catherina Mullen - named after McKiernan - who came out on top.  Winning the 5km race was Cian O'Reilly of  Annalee who had won the 10km both last year and the year before.  First woman was  teenager Kate McCrystal, also of Annalee.