Evan tops the field in Elaine Lehane run
A high-class women’s race marked the second edition at the Elaine Lehane Memorial 5km at Doneraile Park with the top five finishing inside the first 10.
The race, in memory of local Mallow athlete Elaine Lehane w i t h a l l p ro c e e d s g o i n g t o Marymount Hospice, saw a turnout of almost 300 runners and walkers on a warm morning.
Michelle Finn of Leevale, who ran the steeplechase for Ireland at the recent European Championships, finished second overall in a time 17:48 with Martina Kiely (St Finbarr’s) the runner-up in 18:34.
In third spot (18:58) was Orla Tuohy who has been based as a doctor in Southampton for the past number of years. The Grange-Fermoy athlete won that city’s marathon back in April in 2:58:55 and two weeks ago was second in the Longford Marathon in 3:02:27.
Overall winner of the race w a s E va n F i t z g e r a l d f r o m Clonmel, son of former Irish marathon champion and European Championship representative John.
Meanwhile, there was success for two Cork runners at Dingle where Eoin Sugrue from Banteer won the marathon for the sixth time over the past seven years.
The 45-year-old covered the difficult course in 2:44:37 with John Meade from St Finbarr’s winning the half-marathon in 74:37.
West Waterford athlete Joe Gough showed that he is top form for this week’s World Masters Championships in Spain as the 65-year-old clocked an impressive time of 19:01 at the Ballinameela 5km on Friday night. Second overall i n t h e r a c e wa s K i e r a n McKeown of the Watergrasshill club in 16:24.
Ted O’Leary from Conna, a member of West Waterford AC, clocked a time of 19:26 before heading off to Dingle the following morning where he added another marathon to his growing list when finishing 18th of the 550 finishers in 3:20:21.
1 E Fitzgerald (Clonmel) 16:42; 2 M Finn (Leevale, F) 17:48; 3 L Murphy (Le Cheile) 18:04; 4 L Hever (North Cork) 18:25; 5 J Callanan (Dromahane) 18:32; 6 M Kiely (St Finbarrs, F) 18:34; 7 T Carey (unatt) 18:47.
1 M Finn 17:48; 2 M Kiely 18:34; 3 O Tuohy 18:58; 4 A McDaid (unatt) 19:10.
Kieran McKeown of Watergrasshill AC, second in the Ballinameela 5km, receiving his prize from Matthew Fogarty.