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Athletics: Twomey and Lee secure spoils in Bandon's Coughlan Memorial

There was a good double for Leevale (and distance coach Donie Walsh) at the annual Donough Coughlan Memorial five-mile at Bandon on Monday as Tim Twomey and Lizzie Lee took the men's and women's honours respectively.

Twomey, a former soccer player who only took up athletics seriously in the past 12 months, led all the way to finish 26:26.

This gave the 32-year-old a winning margin of 25 seconds over Ian O'Leary (Donore).

Danny Smith (Ballynonty) finished third in 26:54, with Kevin Wilmot of the promoting Bandon club fourth in 27:15.

Lee, who like Twomey is coached by former Olympian Walsh, was ninth overall of the record 277 finishers.

Her time of 27:53 was also a personal best for the distance. Carmel Crowley (Bandon) repeated her second-place finish of last year, her time of 29:25 just two seconds ahead of Jill Hodgins, winner at Belgooly on St Stephen's Day.

Another remarkable performance by a Leevale athlete came from 73-year-old John O'Leary who easily won his category in a time of 37:27, one minute and 17 seconds faster than he ran in the same race last year.

- The 21st annual 'John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile' road race takes place on Sunday, January 29. Entries will close on January 26 or at 1,500 entries. Further details at www.dungarvan10mile.org

Irish Independent