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Bogle and Wasson take the honours at Cushendall

Alan Bogle

Alan Bogle

Alan Bogle and Gillian Wasson were the winners of the Lurig Challenge race at Cushendall.

There were 294 finishers in the event which covered 3.5 miles including 375 m of climb

The race was billed as a duel between British round winner Bogle, from City of Derry, and NIMRA champion Jonny Steede, from Ballymena Runners, and true to form the pair soon went clear.

It was Bogle who took control in the second half and he returned to the village to win by a minute from Steede with Alex Brennan, Tommy Simmons, Emmet McAllister and Justin Maxwell following.

Gillian Wasson, from Springwell, the runner up for the last two years went one better crossing the line on her own almost two minutes before Catherine McLaughlin from the home club Glens Runners and Hazel McLaughlin of Lagan Valley.

Heather Foley continued her run of success by scoring a confident victory in the Ballinderry Bridge 10k which crossed three bridges between counties Derry and Tyrone.

The CookstownHi and Loughry winner was in a class of her own as she won by almost two minutes from Suzanne Higg.

Meanwhile, Greg Rutherford knows he may have to break the British long jump record again to top the podium at this week’s European Championships - a feat that he hopes would shut the naysayers up for good.

Two years on from winning Olympic gold on ‘Super Saturday’, the 27-year-old once more thrilled a home crowd by leaping to Commonwealth glory in Glasgow two weeks ago.

“I started the season in great shape, feeling good and rose to an occasion in San Diego against Will Claye, Tyron Stewart and that lot, which meant that I performed well,” he said.

“I have not been jumping like that since, but caught one at the Commonwealths which filled me with confidence.

“I might have to go 51,” he added.

 

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