Conor McCauley wins Kil­leagh four-mile run

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport -

AF­TER hav­ing to can­cel the race on the orig­i­nal date in March due to weather con­di­tions, Kil­leagh GAA were re­warded with a fine turnout of al­most 230 run­ners for their third an­nual four-mile event.

Conor McCauley of Lee­vale won a close con­test, get­ting away from Michael Cor­bett (St Fin­barr’s) in the clos­ing stages for a three-sec­ond vic­tory in a time of 20:51.

East Cork ath­lete Kevin O’Leary, win­ner of the Bal­ly­ma­coda race over the same dis­tance a week be­fore, was just an­other two sec­onds back in third place. John Shine of Lee­vale – hav­ing his first race since be­fore Christ­mas – fin­ished fourth in 21:35.

Sinead Ke­vany from the Mi­dle­ton club, also in her first race for some time, was a clear win­ner of the women’s race. Her time of 23:42 was over a minute faster than Eve­lyn Cash­man (Youghal) who fin­ished sec­ond in 24:55 with an­other Youghal run­ner, Ann- Marie Hol­land, third in 25:05.

Mean­while, the Bal­ly­hooly 10km held in hon­our of lo­cal man John Hart­nett saw im­pres­sive per­for­mances from the Maun­sell broth­ers from Clon­mel.

Kevin won in a time of 30:25 — four sec­onds out­side Sergiu Ciobanu’s course record ahead of Wil­liam who recorded 31:09.

Ann Geary of the Mi­dle­ton club won the women’s race, her time of 38:56 im­prov­ing the pre­vi­ous best by 12 sec­onds.

For­mer Ir­ish mile record holder at 3:54.7 and 1972 Olympian, John Hart­nett now lives in the US but was home on holiday to present the prizes.

Ann-Marie Hol­land, Ger O’Re­gan, Ge­orge Bul­man and Kerry Con­stant at the Kil­leagh four-mile road race.

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