Coast to Coast is a success
MICHAEL Canty powered his way to a well earned first victory in the Sligo Coast to Coast 10 Mile Race on Sunday.
Running conditions were very favourable on what is a fast and fair course.
There were pockets of enthusiastic supporters cheering on the competitors.
This is a well organised race sponsored by Call of the Wild with all earnings going to Family Carers Ireland.
At the 3 mile mark, Prunty and Enniskillen AC’s David Slater took an early lead with Derek Hunter, Jason McMorrow, Toby Carty and David Kearins in pursuit. However by the 6 mile mark, Prunty increased his lead all the way Rosses Point to win comprehensively in 57:30 with David Slater second in 60:09.
Sligo AC’s Domhnall Melly ran the race like a seasoned veteran slowly picking his way through the field on his way to 3rd in 60:20.
Brendan Kearney was 4th in 60:26 and Dunshaughlin AC’s Derek Hunter was 5th in 60:33 and also 1st M50.
Toby Carty was 6th in 60:37 and 1st M40. David Kearins was 7th in 60:57 and 1st M45 with Jason McMorrow 8th in 61: 08 and 2nd M40 on his 10 mile debut.
Longford AC’s Adrianna Melia ran very well for 9th place and was the clear winner of the Women’s race in a time 62:35 with clubmate Declan Newman completing the Top 10 in 62:39. North Sligo’s Sarah Healy was 2nd Lady in 67:35 with UCD Athletic Club’s Eimear O’Connor 3rd in 72:41.
A number of Sligo AC athletes also travelled to Dublin for the Half Marathon.
Ethiopa’s Bereket Gebraslase won the SSE Airtricity Dublin Half-Marathon in 1:06:45 while Maria McCambridge was First Lady in 1:22:25.
Sligo AC members ran well on what proved to be a testing course.
Seamus Somers had a great run and finished 10th overall in 1:15:29 and was 2nd M40.
Damien Kennedy ran strongly in 1:20:54, which earned him 54th overall in the 6,512 field.
Stephen Gilgan ran a great 1:37:41 while Brendan McCarrick finished well in 1:49.
Enda Gilmartin also ran a good time of Enda Gilmartin 1:58:47.
All these runners are obviously in great shape heading into the Dublin Marathon in five weeks’ time which should produce some more top performances.
Unfortunately the race was overshadowed by the fact that over 9,000 runners had signed up to take part in the race in Donabate but many were forced to abandon their plans to run.
This was due to heavy traffic coming off the M1 which forced many to either abandon cars or return home. Hopefully the Dublin Marathon won’t have the same issues.
Local runners who took part in the Coast to Coast on Sunday.
Toby Carty, first M40.
George and Rebecca Langrish enjoying the race.
Dean and Sandra Herron.
The start of the Coast to Coast.
Corran AC athletes at the start of the race.
Geraldine Courtney, Nora Redmond and Brid Howley.
Breege O’Connell and Maura Martin.