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Herlihy lets feet do the talking in Blarney

Michael Herlihy put aside his organisational duties for a short while to take the honours at Sunday's John Buckley Sports/Cork Half-Marathon at Blarney, an event promoted by St Finbarr's AC and held for the 22nd consecutive year.

The former Cork City Marathon winner has been busy in recent weeks promoting the inaugural Charleville Half-Marathon, which his North Cork club is staging next Sunday.

After having the company of Colin Merritt in the early stages, the 30-year-old moved away on the downhill section after halfway to cross the line with over a minute and a half in hand, recording a time of 70:09.

Angela McCann from Clonmel -- who also won the Cork City Marathon in June -- made it two victories and one second place in three years, although the windy conditions on the return journey saw her time of 83:10 slightly slower than last year.

The Doonbeg Half-Marathon in Clare on Saturday -- the fourth race over this distance in Munster in the space of eight days -- saw the return to action of Seamus Power, who just edged out Michael Shannon by three seconds when winning in 70:05.

Shannon, from the Kilnaboy club, was back in the frame the following day as he won the Scariff 10km in 32:30, again a close finish saw Martin Doody (Limerick) just four seconds behind. Veronica Colleran (Ennis TC) was first of the women in 38:08.

Irish Independent