Mag­nif­i­cent Mc­Grath claims Conna vic­tory

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - John Wal­she

Fresh from his sil­ver medal­win­ning per­for­mances at the World Mas­ters T&F at Malaga in Spain, Sean Mc­Grath was an easy win­ner of the se­nior race at the Imokilly Oil/East Cork Di­vi­sion Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships.

On an ex­cel­lent course at Conna, pro­moted by St Cather­ine’s club, Mc­Grath had club­mate James Mc­Carthy for com­pany early on be­fore he stormed to win by 49 sec­onds.

Mc­Carthy, in his first race since the Cork City Marathon in June, was pleased with his per­for­mance while a ma­jor break­through was made by Dave O’Con­nor of St Cather­ine’s who took bronze. This was Mc­Grath’s ninth East Cork se­nior ti­tle in all and it co n t i n u e d h i s m a g n i f i c e n t form this year. At Malaga, he fin­ished sec­ond in the M35 cat- egory in the 10km road race, record­ing a time of 32:13 when fin­ish­ing 20 sec­onds be­hind Nel­son Oliv­e­ria of Por­tu­gal.

Be­fore that, he was fourth in the 8km cross-coun­try where he had the sat­is­fac­tion of lead­ing the Ir­ish M35 team to sil­ver be­hind Spain. He then fin­ished off the cham­pi­onships when tak­ing fifth spot in the 5000m in a time of 15:26.51.

Fiona Santry (East Cork) won the women’s race at Conna from Eve­lyn Cash­man (Youghal) and Laura Hayes (St Cather­ine’s). In an ex­cit­ing team con­test, Car­raig na bhFear won on count­back after fin­ish­ing on equal points with Youghal, with East Cork just four points back in third.

TOP PER­FORM­ERS: The First three home in the men’s se­nior race with East Cork Di­vi­sion chair­man Mar­tin Drake (right): Sean Mc­Grath (East Cork) first; James Mc­Carthy (East Cork), sec­ond; Dave O’Con­nor (St Cather­ine’s), third.

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