Thursday 26 April 2018

Ledwith leads Irish hopes in Frank Duffy

Scottish runner Andy Douglas returns to Dublin this weekend to defend his title in the National Lottery Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park -- the second event in the annual Dublin Race Series.

An impressive field has been assembled for the men's race on Saturday, including members of the Marathon Mission Team -- a training squad assisted by the Dublin Marathon and Athletics Ireland.

Among those competing are Andrew Ledwith (Fr Murphy AC), who won two races last weekend -- the inaugural Dunleer 4 Mile event on Saturday and the Lakeland 15 Mile on Sunday. Ledwith coasted to victory in Dunleer in 19:41 ahead of Mark Hoey (Star of the Sea AC, 19:54) and Gary O'Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers, 20.40).

Fiona Roche (Raheny Shamrock AC) won the women's race in 23:15 from Fiona Reid (Dunboyne AC, 24:09) and Aoife Richard (Donore Harriers, 25:20).

Ledwith was back in action in Tyrrellspass on Sunday, winning in 1:17:53. Tom McGrath (Mullingar Harriers) was second in 1:25:41, with Declan Fahey third in 1:26:22.

Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers) won the women's race in 1:31:48 from Jill Hodgins (1:34:38) and Mary Scully (1:37:11).

Also in the field for Saturday's race are Greg Roberts (City of Derry), Eddie McGinley (Annadale Striders), Stephen Scullion (North Belfast Harriers) and Barry Minnock (Rathfarnam WSAF).

Maria McCambridge returns after having a baby to defend the women's title. Her rivals include Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers), Caitriona Jennings, (Sportsworld AC), Siobhan O'Doherty (Borrisokane AC) and Angela McCann (Clonmel AC).

The event has again broken records, with over 7,000 entered. Further details on

Irish Independent

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