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Running Shorts: Internationals grace Armagh


Jonathan Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee

American visitor Joe Stilin won the men's 5km at last week's 25th anniversary Armagh International Road Races in a time of 13 mins 58.34 secs. British athlete Daniel Cliffe was second, and Olympic triathlete Jonathan Brownlee third.

England's Rachael Bamford won the women's 3km from Teresa Doherty of Finn Valley. More than a thousand youngsters turned out for the juvenile races. At the Rás na hEireann held a few days later in Drogheda, Rathfarnham's David Scanlan and DSD's Sarah Fitzpatrick were the winners.

Britton third in hilly half

Fionnuala Britton of Kilcoole finished third overall in the Wicklow Hospice Half Marathon on a hilly course at Avondale in  Rathdrum.

Her time was 82 mins 36 secs – less than three minutes behind winner Mick Byrne of Sli Cualann, who clocked 79 mins 56 secs.Neil Witorski and Deirdre Byrne were the 10km winners.

Hickey is first in Firhouse

Kim Hickey of Donore Harriers won the fourth and final race in this year's Meet and Train Cross-Country League hosted by Bros Pearse in Firhouse - one of the many new clubs and groups taking part in this year's series.

Louise Carraher of Clonliffe was second and Claire Ní Fhearchaillaigh from Dunboyne third. Overall, Clonliffe finished best of the teams, beating Fingallians A in the gold grade.

Crusaders won the silver grade from Dunboyne B and Lakeshore Striders while Fingallians proved best in the bronze grade, which had attracted the most teams.

Clonliffe B was second and Bros Pearse third, followed by Sportsworld.