Healy takes record from track to road

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GAELIC GAMES / RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

FOUR days after set­ting an Ir­ish over-50 800m in­door best of 2:01.37 at the NIA in Ab­bot­stown, Shane Healy trans­ferred his record-break­ing form to the road with a new Ir­ish M50 time of 15:27. Fin­ish­ing 13th over­all of the near-1,200 fin­ish­ers at the Jin­gle Bells event in the Phoenix Park, Healy — of the Metro St Brigid’s club — knocked four sec­onds off the pre­vi­ous best held by Pau­ric McKin­ney.

The Donore Har­ri­ers 5km saw over­all vic­tory go­ing to Eoin Ever­ard of Kilkenny City Har­ri­ers in 14:37. In the women’s race, Teresa Do­herty, Finn Val­ley, had a 13-sec­ond win­ning ad­van­tage over new Ir­ish ju­nior cross-coun­try cham­pion Sarah Healy.

The 17-year-old Black­rock ath­lete, win­ner of both the 1500m and 3000m at last sum­mer’s Euro­pean U-18 cham­pi­onships, leads a strong Ir­ish con­tin­gent in the U-20 race in Hol­land.

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