Harty com­pletes the hat-trick in Cloyne

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - JOHN WAL­SHE

LO­CAL man Michael Harty made it three wins in as many years when record­ing a clear vic­tory in the Cloyne 5km, a race held for the eighth year and which at­tracted over 380 run­ners.

This was the eas­i­est win of the three for the East Cork ath­lete, but con­sid­er­ing he has missed most of the early part of the sum­mer due to in­jury, he was well pleased.

“I missed a good cou­ple of months so I’m still lack­ing in fit­ness but I’m happy with that per­for­mance.

“I nor­mally take a cou­ple of weeks break at this time of year but now will train away for the cross-coun­try sea­son,” added Harty, whose time of 15:04 was 15 sec­onds out­side his course record from 2016.

Kevin O’Leary, also East Cork, con­tin­ued his con­sis­tent form when tak­ing sec­ond with a spec­tac­u­lar last 400m in which he closed a big gap to pass Sean Doyle al­most on the line, his time of 16:03 giv­ing him the ver­dict by just one sec­ond.

Michael Harty, win­ner of the Cloyne 5km, re­ceiv­ing his prize from Breda Cahill of Cloyne & District Com­mu­nity Coun­cil. Also pic­tured is Mar­garet Twohig, race or­gan­iser.

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