Coast to Coast is a suc­cess

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

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.

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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.

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