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record entry for Ballycotton as lee secures treble success

The Ballycotton '5' race -- the forerunner to all of the running events in the area -- celebrated its 35th anniversary last Thursday night with the biggest ever turnout of 529 runners, a huge step up from the 34 men who took part in the inaugural event back in 1977.

Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) made it a hat-trick of wins, coming home first in 28:53, just four second slower than last year.

Lee finished well clear of Rhona Lynch (the overall Summer Series winner), who posted , with Carmel Parnell, now in the F55 category, finishing third in 31:28.

Sean McGrath (East Cork AC) triumphed in a competitive men's race, his 26:16 a second slower than he ran when winning the race two years ago.

It was also the slowest winning time of the 35 occasions the race has been held. Tim Twomey from Leevale AC -- like Lee, another one of Donie Walsh's training group and one of the most improved runners in the county -- ran 26:44 for second.

Noel Berkeley (DSD), returning from his cycle racing exploits, placed third in 26:55.

Meanwhile, some forthcoming running events worth considering are:

•The North Leitrim Glens 10k and Half-Marathon on September 10 -- Contact: www.northleitrimglensrun.com,

•The BHAA Grant Thornton 10k at Firhouse, Tallaght, September 10. Contact: Brendan Hogan, 01-6805894.

•And the Cork Half-Marathon in Blarney on September 11. Contact: www.sfinbarrsac.com

Irish Independent