Lee clocks new record with Midleton victory
Just four days after winning the Sonia O’Sullivan 10-miler at Cobh, Olympian Lizzie Lee was back in winning form when taking the honours at the Joe Hourigan Memorial five-mile race at Midleton.
Not alone did Lee have a clear victory, she also set a new course record of 27:30 when finishing eighth overall of the near-600 finishers.
However, the Leevale athlete wasn’t too happy with her time, as she expla ed: “I would have liked a bit faster, but my legs were still a bit tired from Sunday, I knew it after a half-mile.”
Along with club colleague Claire McCarthy, Lee has already gained selection for the Irish team at the European Championship marathon in Berlin next August and from now on it’s “head down” for the next 14 weeks.
“Donie [Walsh, her coach] told me I could run Cobh and Midleton, so I probably won’t be racing on Cork roads again until next year,” said Lee.
P r e v i o u s r e c o r d h o l d e r Sinead O’Connor, also Leevale, was also inside her previous best for the course when finishing second in 28:27 with Fiona Santry of East Cork, winner for the past two years, taking third spot in 29:55.
It was another East Cork athlete, Sean McGrath, who dominated the men’s race. On something of a winning streak at the moment with East Cork Division, Cork County, and Munster road championship titles under his belt in recent weeks, McGrath finished 15 seconds clear of clubmate James McCarthy when coming home first in 25:25.
Eric Curran (Leevale) was third in 26:19 with two other Leevale men, Mark Walsh and Brian Kearney, fourth and fifth, both being credited with the same time of 26:25. “Myself and James broke away from Eric after a mile-and-a-half and I got away from James after three-and-a-half miles, although when I got to four miles I was only barely hanging on,” admitted the winner.
Lizzie Lee, women’s winner at the Midleton road race, pictured with Leevale clubmates Mark Walsh (fourth overall) and Sinead O’Connor (second female).