Monday 23 October 2017

McCambridge proves class apart

Maria McCambridge celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
Maria McCambridge celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Lindie Naughton

Maria McCambridge proved to be the class of the field in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, winning in a personal best time for the race of 34 minutes and 3 seconds despite the dreadful conditions.

It was fourth time lucky for McCambridge, a member of race's organising club, Dundrum South Dublin. She finished second last year and in 2010, and third in 2013.

Although she turns 40 next month, McCambridge, who aims to make the Irish team for next year's Rio Olympics, has shown impressive form in recent months.

Most recently, she ran a lifetime best of 33 minutes 12.28 seconds for 10,000m at Highgate in London.

Drawing on that speed, McCambridge had already pulled away from the pack at the halfway point of the 10km race, leaving it to the three-times previous winner Catherina McKiernan and Anne Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny to battle in out for second place.

In the end, McGlynn made it, with McKiernan finishing third - and first among the over 45s - for a second year.

In the day's other big race, Cillian O'Leary of Raheny Shamrocks won the Cork City Marathon in a time of 2:30.41. Nollaig Hunter of Leevale was first woman home in 2:57.45.

Irish Independent

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