The big build up was for Gladys O’Neill in her attempt to gain the Olympic “A” standard. Gladys had a super race finishing third Irish woman in a time of 2:42 but unfortunately was just that bit short of the qualifying time. Breege Connolly has been on fine form of late and didn’t disappoint to knock 2 minutes of her PB for 2:50 for 16th place. Gladys will compete again in London, hopefully in more favourable conditions with today’s wind not being condusive to good times, to try and attain the A standard.
In the mens race Eamon White had a great race to run 2:37 and finish 7th O40 while Jim Benson was next up with 2:50. The big target for quite a few harriers was to break the 3 hours with recent recruit Andrew Considine and Marty McIlkenny (in his first marathon) not disappointing with 2:57 and 2:58 respectively. Stephen Walker ,who was aiming for in and around this time, unfortunately had to drop out at 16 miles due to injury.
There were several harriers in and around the 3:30 mark with Gerry Gribbon finishing in 3:30. Aidan O’Reilly ran a massive PB by 28 minutes for 3:34 while Ciaran Hunter ran 3:36. Alan Ritchie unfortunately succumbed to stomach problems but still managed to finish in 3:40.
Regular parkrunner Jim Clinton set out with a target of sub 4 hours and achieved that goal by 3 minutes running a 3:57.
Another regular parkrunner and volunteer, and occassional track trainer, Paul Williams finished in 4:01.
In the 52nd parkrun of the year the normal contingent of 100+ turned up with several harriers, even some dublin bound ones taking part.
At the front there was a good battle between training buddies Paul Jenkins and Laurence Johnston with Paul taking 2nd in 17:52 and Laurence just behind in 17:52. Paddy Hamill made a welcome comeback for 5th in 18:07 with Jim Newberry also breaking 19 minutes for 7th in 18:51.
Damien Gill claimed the annual title with 13th place in 19:13. Just over the 20 mark Francie McCaffrey and Angela Burns had a good battle for 20:00 and 20:03 respectively.
Greg McClure was next in 20:26 with Daragh McNairney running 26:07 and Jim Clinton in 26:34.
Enniskillen spooktacular 5k
Cathy McCourt finished second woman in 17:59 with the first woman(Teresa McGloin) finishing in 17:40.