OLYMPIAN Pauline Curley set a new course record of 2 hrs 47mins 47 secs when she finished first woman at the Cork City Marathon.
Leading home the race was Bartosz Mazerski from Poland in 2:28.29 – just 23 seconds ahead of Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon. Finishing her 110th (and final) marathon in 5:42.23 was 76-year-old Kay O'Regan of Slaney Olympic. Kay has no plans to retire from running, but will stick to shorter distances in future.
Tommy Hughes, aged 52, not only won the Derry Walled City Marathon 2:30.32, he finally completed a hat-trick of Derry Marathons after a mere 28 years!
Hughes, who ran for Ireland at the 1992 Olympics and won the Dublin Marathon in 1991, won marathons in Derry in both 1984 and 1985. Jackie Boyle from Tallaght, a Derry native, was first woman in 3:14:15.
GREGAN GETS OUTDOOR WIN IN BELGIUM
With the European Team Championships in Santry looming at the end of the month, Clonliffe's Brian Gregan won his first outdoors 400m of the year in Belgium with a time of 45.82.
Winning the women's 400m was Shauna Cannon in 54.91; even faster was Sinéad Denny who won a lower graded 400m in 54.24. Steeplechase specialist Rory Chesser of Ennis TC finished third in the 5000m in 14:12.13. In the 400m hurdles, Jason Harvey ran a personal best 50.27 for third place, while Mark English of Letterkenny was second in the 800m in 1:46.82.
Laura Crowe of Riocht tops the Irish 1500m rankings after running 4:12.25 at the BMC Meet in Manchester – a personal best. In Geneva, Sarah Lavin broke Derval O'Rourke's Irish junior record for the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.45.
TWO-MILE SUMMER SERIES TO START
THE annual Lord Mayor Summer Two-Mile Summer Series starts next Tuesday night (8.0), June 11, in Raheny with the 12-race series costing just €50. Also in Raheny, the Tommy Lynam Mid-Summer 5km is scheduled for St Anne's Park on Sunday Jun 16 (11am) with fresh fruit and lots of goodies for finishers. See www.rahenyshamrock.ie.
TWO OF THE BEST ON OFFER THIS WEEKEND
Two good races take place this weekend. Bohermeen, near Navan, is the venue on Saturday (7.30pm) for the annual Patrick Bell Memorial 5km with prizes, live music and a post-race barbecue.
Then on Sunday (2pm), the Little South Run – a four-mile race that bears only small relationship to the Great North Run – takes to the streets of Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny.
All finishers get a special medal, a chance to win one of many generous spot prizes and tea along with bespoke sandwiches created by the women of the local ICA. Well worth the trip, both of them!
DUBLIN MARATHON WINNERS GET CAR PRIZE
Winners of the Dublin Marathon on October 28 will drive away in a brand new Fluence ZE electric car courtesy of Renault, who have signed up as partial sponsors to the race. In addition, everyone who enters the marathon or any run in the Dublin Marathon Race Series has a chance of winning a third Fluence ZE.
First event in the Dublin Marathon Race Series is the Irish Runner Five-Mile in the Phoenix Park on Saturday June 29. To register, go to www.dublinmarathon.ie.