O’Leary keeps on form with Shanagarry win
KEVIN O’LEARY continued his good form of late when leading home two of his East Cork colleagues at the Shanagarry 5km, a low-key race which has been on the go for the past 30 years.
O’Leary equalled his personal best of 16:03, set the week before when finishing second to Michael Harty at Cloyne. It followed up his victory the previous Friday at the Marine Climb race, part of the West Waterford Series that he now leads with just one event to go.
Conor Tierney — another man who has shown a big improvement this year — took second place in 16:46 with Darragh Canavan just four seconds further back in third.
The winner of the women’s race was Orla Tuohy, a native of Fermoy. Back in 2004, she ran the Dublin Marathon in 2:57:10 which gained her the bronze medal championship.
She also competed for Ireland in the World Mountain Running Championship and is now a doctor based in Southampton and a mother of three.
Her time of 18:40 gave her almost a minute to spare over Ruth Millerick of Youghal (19:39) with unattached runner Agatha Laskowska third in 19:50.
Meanwhile, on what was another busy week of road races, the previous evening saw wins at the Army/Navy five-miler going to Conor O’Keeffe (27:34) and Helen Leonard (33:13) with John Meade (16:07) and Michelle Kenny (18:06) taking the honours at the Carrignavar 5km. in the Irish
Declan Geaney and Sean Pyburn pictured at the Shanagarry 5km Road Race.