Shannon tops in Galway Bay
Over 2,000 runners crossed the finish line at the Claddagh in Galway on Saturday in the Elverys Sports Galway Bay half-Marathon and 10k.
Michael Shannon from Kilnaboy, Clare won the half marathon in 1:09:48, with the leading woman, Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers) finishing in 1:19:11. Mary Gleeson from Mayo AC was second in 1:20.17 and Veronica Colleran (Ennis TC) claimed third in 1:24.12.
It was a close contest for top honours in the men's race with Michael Herlihy from North Cork AC second in 1:10.00, with last year's winner Matthew Bidwell from Galway CH third in 1:12.41.
Brian O'Connor from Galway City Harriers won the 10k event in 34:55 ahead of his team-mate Brian Bruton (35:29). Maura Ginty led the women's field home in the 10k in 41:08, Laura Hobbins was second in 44:48 and Fiona Killian 46:29 was third.
The big prize of the day was the €2,000 for the fastest teams home in the half- marathon, with Galway City Harriers claiming the men's award and Sports World AC won the women's section.
Elsewhere, Limerick man Martin Doody (35) was a clear winner in 80:42 of the annual 15-mile road race from Cork to Cobh from a big field of around 800 runners. Cathal O'Connell (48) of St Finbarr's AC took second in 85:19, getting away from his club colleague John Meade over the last mile.
Angela McCann made it two wins in a row in the race, adding the title to the Cork City marathon and Cork half- marathon she has already won this year. She finished in 95:01 with Brigid Cleary second in 97:16 and Ann-Marie Holland taking third spot in 99:36.
Another noteworthy performance was recorded by David Brady from Raheny. On Saturday, he completed a marathon in Galway and he travelled to Cork where he covered the 15 miles comfortably inside two hours.