Last weekend provided the first “major” road race of the season, the Barcelona marathon, various road races and the usual parkrun activity. The highlight of these races was the continued dominance of the girls scene with 1st, 2nd and team prize at Jimmys coupled with a win at Altamuskin 5 miler.
Jimmys 10k took place in Downpatrick on St. Patricks day with the overnight snowfall having made way for cold dry conditions perfect for racing. In the mens race Alan O’Hara and Eamon White battled it out towards the front early on. Alan pushed on to make it up to 2nd but was unfortunately outdone in a sprint finish ending up 4th in 31:43 with Eamon finishing 6th in 33:03. Ed Cooke was next up for 10th in 34:38.
Eoin McQuillan and Travis Todd were battling it out further back with Eoin pulling away at 9k for 28th in 36:07 closely followed by Travis, finishing 30th, in 36:25. Peter Savage was just behind in 36:36.
Next up were the runners trying to break the 40 mark. Aaran Ruttledge broke it comfortably in 39:45 with John Murphy breaking it in 39:55. Mark Shields and Greg McClure finished just shy of the 40 mark having a good battle in the process for40:37 and 40:41 respectively.Martin Cox showed he’s beginning to shake his injury of running 45:10.
In the girls race Gladys Ganiel O’Neill led from the off winning comfortably in 35:20. Claire Connor was next up for 2nd continuing her good form for 38:08. Atahanasia Sevastaki made up the winning team of 3 running well to finish in 44:02 followed by Thelma McCullough in 51:53.
Altamuskin 5 mile
At Altamuskin 5 mile Breege Connolly had a comfortable victory running 29:23 to win by over two and a half minutes.
The McShane brothers made the journey to Barcelona starting and finishing together with both running 3:37:53.
Dune half marathon
In the inaugural Newry to Dundalk half marathon Adam Boyd showed he is preparing well for the Paris marathon finishing 2nd in 1:16:51, Simon Reeve finished 15th in 1:26:23 while Jim Clinton had a good first half marathon of the year finishing in 1:46:58. A
At the parkrun the usual contingent of harriers took part across the events. At citypark Gerard McNamara made the journey running a parkrun PB of 18:22 and finishing up in 2nd place.In Victoria Drew Crawford finished 105th in 31:11 while over at the falls century man Jim Clinton finished 22nd in 25:40.
At Queens champion Philip Donnelly finished 3rd in 19:48, Kevin Lavery 18th in 22:49 and Ciaran Hunter 37th in 26:39.
Matt Shields finished 4th in the 3rd Wallace Park event in 19:22 closely followed by Eoin McQuillan who was 8th in 20:22.
Over at the waterworks the usual large contingent of harriers took part. John McGuigan finished 6th in 18:48, Lance Breen 8th in 19:02, Tony McNulty 12th in 19:51, Mark Shields 13th in 19:52, John Murphy 14th in 20:03, Roisin Hughes 19th in 20:35, Greg McClure 27th in 21:30, Athanasia Seavastaki 28th in 21:33(running a new PB in the process), Paul Williams 30th in 21:47, Kilian Woods 36th in 22:47, Jack Carberry 44th in 23:41 and John O’Hare 66th in 26:18.