Lee clocks new record with Mi­dle­ton vic­tory

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - John Wal­she

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).

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