Leevale’s Walsh races ahead in Ballincollig
Mark Walsh of Leevale was a clear winner of the annual Belle of Ballincollig 5km road race, his time of 16:17 giving him a half-minute to spare over new Leevale recruit, Nathan O’Leary.
The race, which took place in fantastic conditions, attracted a great crowd and there were some memorable performances on the night, none more so than that of winner Mark Walsh, who ran superbly to beat all comers.
Barry O’Shea of the Midleton club was third in 17:02 with master runners Finbarr O’Dwyer (17:04) and Ken Devine (17:17) having good runs, finishing fourth and fifth.
Anna Reddin, a member of Dublin club Crusaders but who is attending UCC, was an even more convincing winner when taking the female honours in a time of 17:49.
Reddin has already this spring notched up victories over 5km at Bweeng and 3000m at the Leevale Sports.
Two St Finbarr’s athletes, Geraldine O’Shea and Siobhan Holland, took second and third places with Mary Buckley of Donoughmore in fourth.
In other action, Declan Moore of the Bilboa club won the Kilfinane four-mile race, part of the Ballyhoura Active Series, in the fast time of 20:30, almost two minutes ahead of John Hartnett of An Bru.
Brigita Lukste of North Cork was first of the women in a time of 25:22.
In the Doneraile Park 5km, Martina Kiely of St Finbarr’s finished fourth overall to claim female honours in a fine time of 18:43.
To n y F o g a r t y ( Te m p l e - more) won the race in 17:13.
1 M Walsh (Leevale) 16:17; 2 N O’Leary (Leevale) 16:47; 3 B O’Shea (Midleton) 17:02; 4 F O’Dwyer (Leevale, M40) 17:04; 5 K Devine (St Finbarrs, M50) 17:17; 6 C Bouse (Eagle) 17:26.d M40: 2 C O’Brien (Eagle) 18:59; 3 N O’Leary (UCC) 19:06.
2 G O’Donoghue (unatt) 21:19; 3 K Twomey (unatt) 21:55.
1 DJ Guiney (unatt) 21:49; 2 D Foley (unatt) 21:56; 3 G Marshall (unatt) 22:45.
1 A Reddin (Crusaders) 17:49; 2 G O’Shea (St Finbarrs, F50) 21:05; 3 S Holland (St Finbarrs, F40) 21:58; 4 M Buckley (Donoughmore, F50) 22:17; 5 F O’Toole (unatt) 22:25; 6 E Jordan (unatt) 22:27.
2 L Madigan (unatt) 22:42; 3 L O’Sullivan (St Finbarrs) 22:46;
3 L Hogan (unatt) 23:29.
Mark Walsh of Leevale, winner of the Ballincollig 5km, receiving his prize from Amy Jones, Belle of Ballincollig. Also pictured is Conor Willis of sponsors Ross Oil.